The political left has for several years now been intently focused on constantly investigating former President Donald Trump over any and every alleged misdeed in hopes of eventually finding something that will stick with a conviction and bar him from ever running for public office again.
The latest in the neverending series of anti-Trump probes, this one conducted by President Joe Biden’s Justice Department, involves allegations that Trump removed classified materials from the White House and took them to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, the Daily Wire reported.
Recent reports indicate that a federal grand jury issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration in the matter to determine what happened and if any actual crime was committed.
DOJ asking questions about the potential mishandling of classified materials
The New York Times, citing two anonymous sources, reported that the grand jury subpoena suggests that the DOJ investigation has moved beyond a preliminary stage.
At issue here are reports that, in the final days that Trump resided in the White House, he and his people transported 15 boxes of various items — documents, some of which were reportedly classified, gifts, mementos, and personal letters — from the White House to his residence in Florida.
Investigators are now said to be interviewing people who worked in the White House at that time to learn exactly what happened and if any of the classified materials were mishandled.
Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told The Times, “President Trump consistently handled all documents in accordance with applicable law and regulations. Belated attempts to second-guess that clear fact are politically motivated and misguided.”
The Times, which drew the obvious comparison to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s own brush with legal consequences over classified materials stored on a private email server in her home — but escaped all accountability — noted that it is rare for actual criminal charges to brought in matters involving classified materials unless deliberate intent can be proven.
The investigation began at least in April
The Washington Post first reported in early April on the apparent beginning stages of the DOJ investigation into Trump, which came to light following a critical letter from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), chair of the House Oversight Committee, to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers about the classified materials allegations.
Those materials, by the way, were long ago returned to the National Archives, once officials there had realized that they didn’t have everything they were supposed to have after Trump’s tenure in office had concluded.
Trump spokesman Budowich had told The Post at that time, “It is clear that a normal and routine process is being weaponized by anonymous, politically motivated government sources to peddle Fake News.”
As noted, this is just the latest in a string of attempts by Trump-hating officials at both the federal and state level to catch the former president in a legal quandary and stymie his likely bid for re-election in 2024.