Prosecutors are considering filing charges against the former President Donald Trump in connection with the secret document incident. An investigation into the handling of secret materials at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida has resulted in the recent summons to Washington, DC, of a former Trump aide named Matthew Calamari.
Calamari is being questioned on the administration’s handling of the Department of Justice’s request for video footage taken within Trump Tower. The video is relevant to the DOJ’s inquiry into the whereabouts of the secret paperwork when it was at Trump’s residence. Two employees can be seen on the video taking boxes out of a storage area.
The FBI conducted a raid on Trump’s Florida estate in August 2022, which marked the beginning of the crisis. A federal court authorized the search because he expected to find proof of criminal activity. The stolen goods from Mar-a-Lago included “Miscellaneous Top Secret Documents” along with a wide variety of other classifications.
A total of 184 items were confiscated. Trump said that the search was orchestrated by the Democrats as part of a witch hunt. Republicans agreed, drawing parallels between the federal response to the Trump papers crisis and Biden’s handling of the Clinton email affair.
Biden’s attorneys claimed to have found secret documents at the president’s Delaware house in November 2022. But they didn’t announce it until January of 2023. Other records were discovered in the presidential suite at the University of Pennsylvania.
Speaker of the House for the Republicans, Kevin McCarthy, claimed the FBI and other government agencies have been weaponized against conservatives and are intentionally sheltering President Biden from investigation because of the differences in how the two cases were handled.
According to the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Republican Kentucky Representative James Comer: “He knew very well that he himself had possession of classified documents.” Biden has been criticizing Trump for his management of federal records. According to Comer, the FBI has not conducted a raid on Biden’s home, and no criminal charges have been discussed.