The US Justice Department has asked a judge to hold Donald Trump in contempt of court for failing to comply with a subpoena regarding the production of classified documents. According to a report by The Washington Post, the agency had asked the judge to hold the president and his lawyers in contempt.
Breaking news: Justice Department asks judge to hold Trump team in contempt over Mar-a-Lago documents case. The request came after months of mounting frustration from the Justice Department with the former president’s lawyers.https://t.co/On6O1fTITQ
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) December 8, 2022
The raid, which was carried out by the FBI at the behest of the Archives and Records Administration, did not produce the "nuclear secrets" that the Washington Post had claimed about Trump's possible possession.
Instead, it has shown that the newspaper ran with a story that it couldn't prove. After the election, in which Democrats relied on unverified reports to keep Trump's name in the news, the Washington Post had made a guilty confession.
According to the Post, the prosecutors and agents who conducted the raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort did not find any evidence of a business interest in the documents they seized.
The Post also reported that the authorities had looked into the documents that were recovered from the resort to see if there were any similarities or patterns in them. These people, who were not authorized to speak about the investigation, said that the officials were trying to determine if there were any links or other similar information in the documents.
The people who were briefed on the investigation said that the authorities did not find any evidence of a business advantage in the documents that were seized from the resort. They also said that the FBI interviews with the witnesses did not reveal any signs of Trump trying to leverage the government secrets.
Trump was reportedly motivated by a basic desire to keep what he believed to be his property. He repeatedly claimed that the materials were his. According to two of the people who were briefed on the investigation, Trump would often use foul language when talking about the documents.