According to a new Justice Department court document released late Tuesday, a group of Trump officials “probably” sought to hide and remove confidential and classified US government documents hidden in a Mar-a-Lago vault.
And one person appears to be at the center of this new storm, Trump’s lawyer Christina Bobb, who on June 3 signed a letter (apparently false) indicating that all materials stored at the Florida estate have been handed over to the authorities.
Bobb has been the former president’s lawyer since March of this year, when she joined Trump’s Save America political organization.
In a 36-page document, the department says it obtained a search warrant for a Florida estate after gathering evidence “that efforts were likely made to obstruct a government investigation,” and Trump’s attorneys misled federal investigators and falsely claimed that all confidential materials have been returned. former president, while government records were “probably hidden and deleted”.
In May, Trump and his team received a grand jury subpoena demanding that all government documents, including classified documents held at Mar-a-Lago, be returned to federal authorities.
On June 3, the Trump Documents Custodian signed a sworn letter of verification stating that “without exception” the documents had been handed over, but the Justice Department said his evidence contradicted Trump’s lawyers’ statement.
Although the name of the guardian who signed the letter to the Justice Department has not been officially released, several sources point to Bobb, according to The newspaper “New York Times.
Bobb is a former host of the far-right pro-Trump One America News Network (OAN) and a former U.S. Marine Corps Judge Attorney.
Bobb has served as an OAN host since June 2020, using the platform to support Trump’s debunked allegations of presidential election fraud. In November of that year, Bobb began volunteering for Trump’s legal team. Washington Post.
She was one of six Trump lawyers subpoenaed by the House Committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
On June 3, along with Evan Corcoran, Bobb met with Jay Bratt, head of counterintelligence at the DOJ Homeland Security Division.
According to The newspaper “New York TimesCorcoran drew up a statement, signed by Bobb, stating that, to the best of their knowledge, all classified material in Mar-a-Lago had been handed over.
The letter, which Trump’s lawyers did not share or publicly acknowledge, was false, according to evidence gathered by the Justice Department that led to the Aug. 8 FBI raid.
In light of the department’s lawsuit Tuesday, Bobb and Corcoran could potentially be forced to testify before a grand jury against their own client.
Newsweek contacted Donald J. Trump’s office for comment.
Bobb was also a lawyer who met with FBI agents in Mar-a-Lago on the day of the raid, when she said she was “not allowed to watch what they were doing.”
“I don’t think there was anything really worth it, I’ll see what they come up with,” Bobb said in an interview with conservative Real America’s Voice network (which is known to host Steve Bannon’s “War Room” talk show). ) after the raid.
The lawyer then said that she expected the FBI to “think something and come up with whatever it wants” as she said “there’s just nothing there”.
Speaking to the OAN on August 10, two days after the FBI searched Mar-a-Lago, Bobb said of the raid that she was “a little baffled as to why they did such a drastic act, so disrespectful and dishonorable, other than the fact that it is a political tool.”
She then stated again that “there was nothing there”. Bobb made several media appearances after the raid that discredited the FBI operation.
According to the Justice Department, federal investigators have seized more than 320 classified documents from the Trump estate in Florida, with more than 100 of them seized during an August 8 FBI raid.
The department said the documents obtained during the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago “more than double the amount received on June 3, 2022 in response to the grand jury subpoena.”
“The fact that the FBI returned twice as many classified documents in a matter of hours as the “thorough search” that the former president’s lawyer and other representatives had weeks to complete casts serious doubt on the statements made in the June 3 and calls into question the degree of cooperation in this matter, ”the department wrote.
The department’s document, which to date contains the most detailed account of its obstruction of justice evidence in the search for misplaced government documents still illegally in Trump’s possession, came in response to the former president’s request for an independent review of materials seized from Mar. -a-Lago.