August 17, 2022

According to a piece published by the New York Times, two former White House lawyers were interviewed by the FBI in connection with the boxes of classified documents stored at Donald Trump's Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, after he left office.

Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin explained to investigators what they went through to recover the sensitive documents from the twice-impeached, one-term president so they could be returned.

Philbin tried to help the National Archives retrieve the material, two of the people familiar with the discussions said. But the former president repeatedly resisted entreaties from his advisers.

"It's not theirs, it's mine," several advisers said Trump told them at the time.

The former president returned 15 boxes of material to the National Archives in January, but the Justice Department issued a subpoena in May for documents that were still at his residence. On June 3, counterintelligence officials with the Justice Department's national security division went to Mar-a-Lago to collect remaining documents with classified markings.

So, according to the outlet, at least one Trump lawyer signed a statement saying material with the classified markings had been returned. And then, things took a turn when officials used a subpoena to obtain surveillance footage of the hallway outside a storage room at Trump's Florida resort and saw something that alarmed them.

They also received information from at least one witness who indicated that more material might remain at the residence, people familiar with the investigation said.

Trump has been acting like a disgruntled employee that thinks his former workplace owes him. Those things he thinks belong to him belong to the country he claimed to love. I'm no spring chicken, and I can't remember living through one administration where the president hated this country as much as Trump does. For any Trumpers reading this: It isn't love when he's sh*tting all over this country.

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