The search of former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida was unprecedented, but bringing a case will be difficult and — if successful — even the punishment would be open to legal fights.
Federal investigators on Monday descended on Mar-a-Lago as part of an investigation into whether Trump took classified documents from the White House when he left office, an explosive development that risks hanging over his possible run for the presidency in 2024.
The nonprofit Article III Project, which advocates for conservative judges, said presidents have the power to declassify any record they want.
“It’s pretextual legal nonsense for the Biden Justice Department to pretend President Trump broke any criminal statute by taking 15 boxes of his records with him when he left,” the group said in a statement. “Former presidents have government-paid staff and offices, Secret Service protection, security clearances, and secure facilities to store classified records, so there’s no legitimate concern that President Trump’s records could have gotten into the wrong hands.”
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