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Business News/ Politics / Donald Trump's secret document stash: Peek into his hidden vaults, from bathroom to bedroom
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The United States Justice Department released a set of pictures as part of the criminal indictment against former President Donald Trump and alleged that he stored classified documents in his bathroom, shower, bedroom and ballroom of his Florida club. The department has also alleged that Donald Trump even flaunted the secret documents to people without security clearances. Donald Trump even tried to conceal material from his own lawyers and the investigators, the department said.

In the indictment, prosecutors spell out the types of classified material the Republican presidential candidate is accused of keeping at his Florida beach club after he left office in 2021, along with where he is said to have kept them and what he did with them.

This undated image, released by the US District Court Southern District of Florida, attached as evidence in the indictment against former US president Donald Trump shows stacks of boxes allegedly stored on the stage in the White and Gold Ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, the former presidents private club.
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This undated image, released by the US District Court Southern District of Florida, attached as evidence in the indictment against former US president Donald Trump shows stacks of boxes allegedly stored on the stage in the White and Gold Ballroom at Mar-a-Lago, the former presidents private club. (AFP)

DOCUMENTS STORED IN BATHROOM, BEDROOM

According to the indictment, Donald Trump, known for keeping mementos, kept hundreds of classified documents, along with newspapers, press clippings, notes and cards in cardboard boxes at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida. The documents were stored across the Florida club –the ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom and a storage room. Also Read | How Donald Trump's indictment could impact 2024 US Presidential race

The indictment mentioned that the secret documents included “information regarding defense and weapons capabilities of both the United States and foreign countries, United States nuclear programs, potential vulnerabilities of the United States and its allies to military attack, and plans for possible retaliation in response to a foreign attack."

This undated image, released by the US District Court Southern District of Florida, attached as evidence in the indictment against former US president Donald Trump shows stacks of boxes in a bathroom and shower allegedly in the Lake Room at Mar-a-Lago.
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This undated image, released by the US District Court Southern District of Florida, attached as evidence in the indictment against former US president Donald Trump shows stacks of boxes in a bathroom and shower allegedly in the Lake Room at Mar-a-Lago. (AFP)

HOW DONALD TRUMP FLAUNTED SECRET DOCS?

In July 2021, at Donald Trump's Bedminster golf course in New Jersey, a concerning incident occurred involving the former president. During this time, he shared sensitive information about a “plan of attack" prepared by the defence officials, with individuals who lacked security clearance. The recipients included a writer, a publisher, and two staff members.

During the meeting, Donald Trump told them that the plan was “highly confidential." “As president, I could have declassified it," Donald Trump said, adding, “Now I can't, you know, but this is still a secret."

The image shows the contents of a box containing classified material found by Waltine Nauta, an aide to Trump who has also been indicted, in a storage room allegedly at Mar-a-Lago.
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The image shows the contents of a box containing classified material found by Waltine Nauta, an aide to Trump who has also been indicted, in a storage room allegedly at Mar-a-Lago. (AFP)

The indictment mentioned that Donald Trump asked his valet Walt Nauta to “move boxes of documents" to reportedly “conceal them" from the FBI, the grand jury and one of his own lawyers.

(With agency inputs)

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Updated: 10 Jun 2023, 03:57 PM IST
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