A long-time aide to Donald Trump reportedly told federal investigators that the Donald often gave her “to-do” lists scrawled on the back of White House documents that were marked “classified.”
Clearly, this would bolster the Special Counsel’s 37-count indictment against Trump regarding his handling of classified materials he kept at Mar-a-Lago.
EXCLUSIVE: One of former Pres. Trump's long-time assistants told federal investigators that he repeatedly wrote to-do lists for her on documents from the White House that were marked classified, according to sources familiar with her statements. https://t.co/bRRPI8iTzw pic.twitter.com/COr1Xlfqm4
— ABC News (@ABC) September 18, 2023
From ABC News:
As described to ABC News, the aide, Molly Michael, told investigators that — more than once — she received requests or taskings from Trump that were written on the back of notecards, and she later recognized those notecards as sensitive White House materials — with visible classification markings — used to brief Trump while he was still in office about phone calls with foreign leaders or other international-related matters.
The notecards with classification markings were at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate when FBI agents searched the property on Aug. 8, 2022 — but the materials were not taken by the FBI, according to sources familiar with what Michael told investigators.
When Michael, who was not present for the search, returned to Mar-a-Lago the next day to clean up her office space, she found the documents underneath a drawer organizer and helped transfer them to the FBI that same day, sources told ABC News.
Michael also told ABC News that she’d grown “concerned” about how Trump was (or wasn’t) handling requests from the National Archives for the return of official documents he was keeping in boxes at Mar-a-Lago.
When Trump heard the FBI requested an interview with Michael last year, Trump reportedly told her, “You don’t know anything about the boxes.”
Molly Michael, a former Trump executive assistant, said that she was handed written requests on the back of notecards she later recognized as “sensitive White House materials."https://t.co/yFIlMhHuir
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 18, 2023