As a federal grand jury begins an investigation into Donald Trump’s handling of classified materials, a legal expert and former FBI official is predicting that the probe will show that the former president smuggled top-secret documents for “personal profit” after several boxes containing government files were recovered from Mar-A-Lago.
Writing on MSNBC.com, Frank Figliuzzi pointed out that the 15 boxes of top-secret materials had been kept in the White House residence before they were boxed up and sent to Trump’s private residence.
“Fifteen boxes of classified documents sitting in the residential wing of the White House doesn’t sound like a mistake to me,” wrote Figliuzzi, a former FBI special agent. “That sounds deliberate and less like an error that could be attributed to staff,” he added.
“Virtually every day during my 25 years with the FBI, I handled classified information. It was my experience that staffers, whose job is to know and comply with the rules and regulations for handling such data, don’t deliberately break those rules unless someone at a high level makes them break those rules. That’s why I don’t believe this grand jury is targeting low-level staffers,” he wrote.
The former FBI agent then suggested that “personal benefit” could have motivated Trump to take those boxes home with him.
“As Justice Department investigators examine the documents, they’ll be able to see whether the contents held some value to Trump or those around him and possibly determine whether Trump could benefit from whatever’s in those documents,” Figliuzzi wrote. “We mustn’t forget that during Trump’s term, his family members parlayed their relationship with him into personal profit and that while he was president, Trump’s own businesses reportedly raked in $2.4 billion.”
He said the case is actually bigger than what has been reported and should be getting much more attention.
“The first step to solving the Mar-a-Lago mystery is to get those documents into the hands of federal prosecutors and agents,” Figliuzzi wrote. “The convening of a grand jury suggests that may have already happened. Now, we wait for the mystery to be solved.”
Read it at MSNBC.com.