WASHINGTON – A former White House lawyer cautioned former President Donald Trump last year that he could face legal consequences if he did not give back government documents he took when he left office.
In a meeting sometime in late 2021, Herschmann warned Trump against keeping the documents, The New York Times reported, citing people familiar with a conversation between the men.. Trump did not make any promises about returning the documents, according to the Times.
Herschmann defended Trump at his first impeachment trial and also testified to the Jan. 6 committee investigating the attack on the Capitol in June.
Trump returned 15 boxes of documents to the National Archives in January, and the National archives reported in February.
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Court documents released since the FBI’s Aug. 8 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida indicated that Trump kept classified documents marked “secret” and “top secret.”
The FBI seized documents as part of an ongoing investigation that may involve criminal laws forbidding improper removal of sensitive documents and obstruction of justice.
U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has blocked the Justice Department’s review while a special master she appointed reviews all 11,000 documents seized at Mar-a-Lago for personal papers or communications with lawyers. The special master, Raymond Dearie, set a Tuesday meeting with lawyers for Trump and the government to outline a schedule for reviewing the documents.
Trump lawyers Tuesday refused to say whether he declassified documents that were seized by the FBI in his Florida estate, as Trump has claimed.
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