More Classified at Mar-a-Lago?

Given Donald Trump’s prodigious lack of respect for the laws regarding the handling of classified information, how do we know that the raid on Mar-a-Lago recovered all the secret and top-secret documents that Trump stole from the White House? During the brief time that the FBI was on the premises, they could not possibly have carried out a thorough search—the mansion has 126 rooms and fills 62,500-square-foot. Nor does the government have any way of knowing what material Trump may have absconded with when he left the White House. And if Trump has in his possession classified material, what is to stop him from sharing it with other nations as he has done in the past?

Trump has a history of passing national security information to other nations. Wikileaks reports, for example, that Trump discussed classified information during an Oval Office meeting on May 10, 2017 with the Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, providing sufficient details that could be used by the Russians to deduce the source of the information and the manner in which it was collected, according to current and former government officials. White House staff initially denied the report, but the following day Trump defended the disclosure, stating that he has the absolute right to share intelligence with Russia.

The Justice Department says classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from a storage room at Mar-a-Lago in an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of the government records. Secret material could have been concealed anywhere.

We have, in short, a serious security problem. I wouldn’t be surprised of learn of more raids on Trump’s properties, not only at Mar-a-Lago but elsewhere.

Equal justice under the law is an issue here. Had I, during my thirty-five-year career as a government employee handling classified material absconded with even a single classified document, I would have forthwith been arrested, convicted, and imprisoned. Why is Donald Trump above the law?

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