Federal prosecutors on Tuesday revealed more explosive information about how former President Donald Trump and his team repeatedly failed to turn over classified documents and how they may have tried to obstruct a criminal investigation into the matter.
How do members of his party respond to the government? By simply choosing to ignore the docs.
A Twitter account run by the office of Rep. Jim Jordan (Ohio), the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, mocked a new photo provided by prosecutors of some classified documents recovered at Trump’s estate because it included a box of framed Time magazine covers featured Trump.
Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have labeled the documents “top secret,” which contain the most sensitive types of information, including some related to the U.S. Secret Intelligence Service. The Justice Department said that during the Aug. 8 search of Trump’s estate, in some cases, “even FBI counterintelligence personnel and the Justice Department lawyers conducting the review required additional authorizations before being allowed to review certain documents ».
But House Judiciary Republicans found all that fuss about nothing. FBI agents claimed in a follow-up tweetorganized a “photo op” and took the covers of Time magazine “as a souvenir”.
While other GOP lawmakers remained silent immediately after the DOJ brief was filed late Tuesday night, South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R) suggested the FBI was either lying or had somehow planted the documents on the estate of Trump – a favorite conspiracy theory among conservatives.
“You can see files, you can see big words — do we know that’s what President Trump actually brought home? Do we know he put them there? Do we know what’s inside?’ Noem said in an interview Wednesday morning with Fox News.
Noem is considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate and has already made several trips to early-nomination states.
These are just the latest GOP lapses in defense of Trump’s refusal to return classified documents to the government in potential violation of the Espionage Act. GOP lawmakers have previously suggested that FBI agents went rogue during the investigation, that maybe aliens had something to do with it and that the secrets weren’t secrets at all. And then there are their attempts to deflect by pointing to Hillary Clinton’s email server.
Trump on Wednesday claimed to have “declassified” all the documents found at his estate, despite the fact that his own lawyers never said anything was declassified during their months of negotiations with the administration over the handling of the documents before from the August 8 survey. , according to the Department of Justice.
The former president also criticized how FBI agents presented classified documents he kept at his estate in the photo released by the government on Tuesday.
“Horrible how the FBI, during the Mar-a-Lago Raid, randomly threw documents all over the floor (perhaps pretending I was the one doing it!) and then started taking pictures of them to see the audience”. Trump wrote on the social media site Truth Social.
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.