“It was difficult for White House staff secretaries to preserve presidential documents because of Trump’s tendency of manually destroying items he was no longer interested in or had finished perusing, according to three former White House employees who spoke to CNN. These individuals claimed that the former President went through file boxes in a methodical manner, dumping rejected newspaper clippings or tweet draughts to the ground or putting things he wanted to save in a disorganized pile on his desk.”
The disposal of emails, notes, or other kinds of presidential communications is in violation of federal law according to the Presidential Records Act. (Under the Act every correspondence from the president is held, in the end, by the general public.)
The FBI’s execution of a warrant for a search warrant comes a few days after it was reported that its lawyers of Trump are in contact with authorities at the Justice Department in regards to its ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6th, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill in the US Capitol. As CNN first reported:
Whether Trump will be able to shield talks he had while serving as president from the ongoing federal probe is the topic of discussion.
According to the story, “investigators have aggressively joined Trump’s orbit in recent weeks, subpoenaing top former White House officials, concentrating on plans to rig the 2020 election, and conducting searches of attorneys who tried to support those efforts.”
Trump, CNN has also said, has been questioning his legal team recently on whether he could be charged, though Trump himself is not convinced it would happen. (Worth noting that Trump is not an attorney.)
The string of events that culminated in the highly-publicized search of Trump’s house on Mondaystrengthen a core fact of the Trump situation: He’s more likely to see his 2024 presidential bid thwarted by legal concerns than by political issues.
In terms of politics, Trump remains the 800-pound gorilla in the Republican field. This weekend, he swept an unofficial straw poll during an event for conservatives in Texas. In addition, he has already declared his intentions to run for a second time, the main issue at the moment is when he’ll declare his candidacy, not if he’ll announce it.
Trump’s growing legal troubles (or at the very least the obvious feeling that this array of investigations is moving closer to him make it more difficult. Trump in legal trouble is one thing Republicans to take on. Trump in the midst of an indictment is a different matter altogether.
Of course far from being there. However, the Monday FBI report suggests that Trump’s legal troubles will likely become worse before they improve. And they could end up getting way more severe.