The Washington Post is running a story today with the headline, “A tantalizing detail in a new Trump filing.” Tantalizing is putting it mildly. Revealing why Donald Trump took boxes of materials back to Florida with him is vitally important because intent is a key element in a case such as this one. How is Jack Smith reading Trump’s mind?
“That the classified materials at issue in this case were taken from the White House and retained at Mar-a-Lago is not in dispute,” Smith’s office said.
It then added that “what is in dispute is how that occurred, why it occurred, what Trump knew, and what Trump intended in retaining them — all issues that the Government will prove at trial primarily with unclassified evidence.”
That might be boilerplate language in another lawsuit but in this one, it’s an amazing statement, “What Trump knew and what Trump intended…” That is indeed the Holy Grail right there.
Let us speculate, because that’s all that we can do at this point.