Trump’s Changing Excuses For Having Classified Documents

Donald Trump's woeful tale regarding the classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago home keeps morphing into new and different excuses.
Donald Trump (screen capture)

Donald Trump’s woeful tale regarding the classified documents found at his Mar-a-Lago home keeps morphing into new and different excuses.

On one hand, his conservative allies tried to spin the tale that “the FBI planted the documents there.”

Plus, as the New York Times reports,  “A lawyer for Donald J. Trump signed a written statement in June asserting that all material marked as classified in a storage area at Mar-a-Lago had been returned to the government, four people with knowledge of the document said.”

And yet, there the 11 sets of documents were when the FBI came calling on Monday.

Perhaps the fact that the lawyer signed that declaration is a possible indication that Trump or his team were not “fully forthcoming with federal investigators about the materials.”

Then Trump seemingly acknowledged he had the documents but said it was ok because he had issued a “standing order” that any documents removed from the Oval Office were considered “declassified.”

The Insider notes that Trump now claims the documents were at Mar-a-Lago  because “everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time.”

So Trump is acknowledging he had the documents. So much for conservatives trying to claim they might have been ‘planted’ by the FBI.

But what none of this answers is: Why did he have them in his home some 18 months after his term as president ended? Those documents were no longer his to “work” on.