During a campaign rally in Florida, Donald Trump admitted that he took presidential documents after leaving the White House. According to legal experts, this admission could damage his case in a criminal trial.
Lawyer George Conway, the husband of former White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, was one of the first to point out the former President’s remarks during the campaign rally for Florida Senator Marco Rubio in Miami on Sunday. While at the event, Trump said that the Department of Justice and FBI had been “weaponized”. As an example of this weaponization, he noted the Mar-a-Lago raid and the “document hoax case.” He added that this violated his rights under the Fourth Amendment and was something that no other former President would have to endure. He also added that when Presidents leave office, they tend to take things, including documents.
Conway describes this instance as “admissible evidence.”
However, Trump has denied mishandling any sensitive or classified documents, including the ones removed from his Mar-a-Lago home by FBI agents this past August. Since the documents were seized, Trump has repeatedly tried to dispute the claim that he had classified information, saying that all of the documents had been declassified. He has also alleged, without any evidence, that the FBI “planted” the evidence.
Neither of these claims has been used by him or his legal team in any official court filings.