Legal analyst Glenn Kirschner said Friday that former President Donald Trump may have sold classified documents which were found missing from a large number of empty folders with classified markings which were retrieved by FBI agents who searched his Florida residence last month.
“Probably the most reasonable inference is that Donald Trump removed those classified documents after unlawfully taking them from the White House,” Kirschner said in a video posted on YouTube. “From what purpose did he put them? Did he sell them to America’s adversaries? Did he utilize them to blackmail people? Did he utilize them to leverage a good business deal in a few country or another? We have no idea yet.”
Friday’s unsealed inventory list, that showed what the FBI retrieved throughout their search at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, included a complete of 48 empty folders with “classified” banners. The inventory list also included empty folders labeled “Go back to Staff Secretary/ Military Aide.”
“I suspect we shall learn just what Donald Trump did with those classified and military documents,” Kirschner said. “But a very important factor I know…is there is not any legitimate argument. There is absolutely no persuasive argument. There is absolutely no compelling argument against arresting Donald Trump promptly.”
Kirschner said in a tweet on Friday that “things just went from bad to worse to unfathomably dangerous” following the empty classified folders were found. Meanwhile, former U.S. attorney Harry Litman tweeted that the ex-president may have “riffled (sic) through the classified docs to see what he previously.”
“This undoes the image of just scooping them up along w/ shirts and M&Ms and keeping them in boxes,” he added.
Additionally, the inventory list that has been unsealed showed other items extracted from the White House that FBI agents recovered throughout their raid, including government documents with and without classification banners, clothing items, articles, and books.
Federal Judge Aileen Cannon, who ordered the unsealing, is currently considering a request by Trump’s lawyer to get a special master appointed to oversee the overview of the documents which were retrieved in the raid.
Trump has repeatedly said he didn’t do anything wrong by keeping those documents, while his office said he had a “standing order” to declassify those documents, a conclusion that former Department of Justice (DOJ) official Mary McCord doubted, saying he had no authority to take action after leaving office, in accordance with Reuters.
Newsweek reached out to Trump’s office for comment.