After FBI raid, former staffer says Trump mishandled classified documents

Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for first lady Melania Trump, watches as President Donald Trump and the first lady greet attendees during the annual Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn, Friday, June 21, 2019, in Washington. (G3 Box News Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Jacquelyn Martin/G3 Box News

After FBI raid, former staffer says Trump mishandled classified documents

Jack Birle

August 08, 09:09 PM August 08, 10:56 PM

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Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham reacted to the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago on Monday by saying that former President Donald Trump mishandled classified documents while in office.


“The former president of the United States did not handle classified documents properly. I watched him do it. I sat in an airplane with him, watched him go through documents — throw some away, rip some up, and put some in his pocket,” Grisham said in an appearance on CNN Monday evening. “Because I remember specifically thinking, ‘I wonder why those go in his pocket.’ So I think this is going to be really interesting.”

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The former White House press secretary also said she believes the documents the FBI is searching for will be substantial because of the nature of document preservation in the Trump administration.

“I think that something big is there. I don’t think it’s going to be just letters. I think it could be about military operations. This is me speculating — I want to be clear. But I can see the former president thinking those were cool or fun, and we were not a White House that followed the rules. And I will tell you that handling classified information was not something that was really pressed upon us on a daily basis or weekly or monthly,” Grisham said.

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The Monday evening FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, which was announced by Trump, is reportedly related to presidential materials requested by the National Archives, including the handling of classified documents.

Grisham was the White House press secretary from 2019 to 2020 and then became the chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump. She resigned in the wake of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol. Later, she published a tell-all book about her time in the White House, I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw at the Trump White House.

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