A former aide told investigators that the former president sent her handwritten directives on cards with classified markings, according to ABC News.
According to ABC News Molly Michael, who worked as Trump’s aide from 2018 to 2022, revealed to federal investigators that Trump repeatedly sent her handwritten directives on cards containing classified markings.
In June, Trump and his former aide Walt Nauta were charged with multiple charges related to the former president’s retention of classified materials. In July, Trump, Nauta and Mar-a-Lago employee Carlos de Oliveira were delivered Additional charges related to his efforts to destroy security footage of the property. Michael’s testimony could now become a key factor in proving prosecutors’ allegations that Trump not only withheld classified documents to which he had no right after leaving office, but also shared the content of the materials with persons not authorized to view them.
Sources who spoke to ABC News said a stack of documents on Michael’s desk was not collected during the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last August. Michael, either independently or with the help of Trump’s lawyers, transferred the files to the FBI the day after the search warrant on the property was executed.
Miguel, who was identified as Trump’s number 2 employee in the impeachment against Trump, he allegedly knew of the collection of boxes stored on Trump’s property and was concerned that the former president’s claims of cooperation with authorities to return the materials could be “easily” refuted. Sources told ABC News that in the time between Trump voluntarily turning over 15 boxes containing classified material and the FBI search, she was asked to spread false claims that there were no more boxes left on the property, and she testified that Trump had told her that she “didn’t know anything about the boxes.”
Trump has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and the Mar-a-Lago documents case is expected to go to trial in May 2024. In a recent interview with Hugh Hewitt, Trump reaffirmed his innocence and dubiously claimed that “under the Presidential Records Act. “I’m allowed to do everything I did.”