In a separate cable news appearance, Bobb also unwittingly undercut Trump’s story that the FBI performed its search in secret in order to plant evidence, telling Real America’s Voice that the former president and his family watched the whole thing on a live video feed. “I think the folks in New York—President Trump and his family—they probably had a better view than I did,” she said. “Because they had the CCTV, they were able to watch.” She added that though she was answering investigators’ questions while the raid occurred, the Trump family had seen “the whole thing.”
According to former senior intelligence officials who spoke to the Post, “highly classified intelligence about sensitive topics, including about intelligence-gathering on Iran, was routinely mishandled” during Trump’s time in office. One former official told the outlet that “the most highly classified information often ended up in the hands of personnel who didn’t appear to have a need to possess it or weren’t authorized to read it,” adding that “signals intelligence—intercepted electronic communications such as emails and phone calls of foreign leaders—was among the type of information that often ended up with unauthorized personnel.” A person familiar with the matter said the 15 boxes of documents that had been removed from Mar-a-Lago in January included such intelligence.
So you can probably understand why the government was freaked out by the prospect of Trump potentially keeping some of the country’s biggest national security secrets in his basement. And that’s not even taking into account that (1) hundreds of paying guests without top secret security clearance walk through Mar-a-Lago every day, and (2) in 2019, a Chinese businesswoman was sentenced to eight months in prison for trespassing and lying to federal agents after illegally getting herself into the club. While she was not charged with espionage, she had a bag that blocked electromagnetic signals and contained four cell phones, a computer, and an external hard drive. At another Palm Beach hotel where she had a room, authorities found five cell phone SIM cards, nine flash drives, a hidden-camera detector, and approximately $8,000 in cash.
Then, of course, there’s the matter of Trump’s extremely cozy relationships with foreign governments, some of which would be characterized as enemies of the United States. Just three months into his time in office, he revealed “highly classified information to the Russian foreign minister and ambassador” during a meeting at the White House, jeopardizing, as the Post wrote at the time, “a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State.” The information was reportedly considered so sensitive that “details [had] been withheld from allies and tightly restricted even within the U.S. government.” Whistleblowers on Trump’s National Security Council told a congressional committee in 2019 that attempts by Trump’s first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, to “transfer sensitive nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia may have violated the law”—and investigators were concerned Trump was “still considering it.”
Speaking of the Saudis: Just two weeks ago, Trump hosted a deeply controversial golf tournament funded by the Saudi government at his Bedminster, New Jersey, club. His son-in-law, Jared Kushner, also recently received $2 billion from the Saudi sovereign wealth fund for his new private-equity firm, despite a due diligence panel concluding that no one should give him a dime. The man who reportedly overrode those objections? Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.