The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl) downplayed the investigation into classified documents at Mar-a-Lago as nothing more than a ‘storage argument’ between the feds and Donald Trump.
“This is really at its core a storage argument that they’re making. They’re arguing there are documents there, they don’t deny that he should have access to those documents. I don’t think a fight over storage of documents is worthy of what they’ve done, which is full scale raid and then these constant leaks. That’s the second problem. It’s the PR behind all this,” Rubio told NBC 6.
The Department of Justice said in a filing last week that before the search the FBI uncovered “multiple sources of evidence” showing that “classified documents” were at Mar-a-Lago. The DOJ also uncovered evidence that some documents were likely removed from a storage room before Trump’s lawyers examined the area, while they were trying to comply with a May subpoena for classified documents.
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” prosecutors wrote. “This included evidence indicating that boxes formerly in the Storage Room were not returned prior to counsel’s review.”
The unsealed inventory revealed that more than 11,000 government documents and dozens of empty folders, including 43 marked “classified” were retrieved by the FBI during the search.