Topline

Mark Meadows, who once served as former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, previously told the National Archives that the boxes of documents brought by the former president to Mar-a-Lago were “newspaper clippings” and n were not classified or of a sensitive nature. , the Washington Post reported Friday.

Highlights

During a September 2021 call between National Archives attorney Gary Stern and former White House assistant counsel Pat Philbin, Philbin said Meadows told him he was not aware of any other material taken from outside the 12 boxes of “press clippings”, according to people familiar with the conversations, the Job reported.

Philbin also relayed that Meadows said no documents were destroyed, two sources with knowledge of the conversation and a third person with knowledge of the call told the Job.

A spokesperson for Philbin declined to comment on the Jobwhile a spokesperson for Meadows did not respond and an attorney for him declined to comment on the Job.

The report demonstrates that Meadows was more involved in communications between the Trump team and the National Archives than previously known.

Key Context

The FBI seized more than two dozen boxes of documents at Mar-a-Lago last month, and the Justice Department is investigating whether Trump violated federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by taking documents, some of which contain highly classified information. . U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon — a Trump appointee — ordered on Thursday that retired Judge Raymond Dearie will serve as a special master to independently review the documents, a position Trump has asked the judge to appoint someone two weeks after the search of his home. The DOJ is expected to appeal the decision because the appointment could slow its investigation, and said the special master’s review would be “unnecessary and would significantly harm the interests of the government”.

Further reading

Trump: ‘No running ban’ if indicted in Mar-A-Lago probe (Forbes)

Judge chooses special master in Mar-A-Lago case, denies DOJ’s request to exclude classified documents (Forbes)

Judge sides with Trump, grants special master review of Mar-A-Lago documents (Forbes)