Donald Trump rolled out his latest attempt to explain why so many secret and top secret documents were discovered in his Florida home 18 months into his presidency.

In online posts, the former president reiterated that he had done nothing wrong by attacking the president Joe Biden for the discovery of classified documents at his home and the office he used in Washington, DC.

While there is similarities between the two casesthe number of documents, the circumstances under which they were discovered, and the response from Trump’s and Biden’s respective teams are very different.

In the early hours of Saturday morning, Mr Trump took to his social media platform Truth Social to publish a three-part statement – strangely marked by a page number – outlining his grievances and demanding that the case against him be dropped.

He began by complaining about the appointment of special counsel Robert Gurr to investigate the Biden documents: “What Biden did was wrong, but he was given a smart and stable special counsel who is smart, doesn’t tend to stir up trouble, is RINOS-friendly, and isn’t known as a var ‘a flame thrower or a Biden hater.’

Mr. Trump followed up with a new argument Mar-a-Lagohis home in Palm Beach, so secure that it didn’t matter that classified documents were moved there after his presidency.

“What I did was RIGHT. Kept the documents in a secure place, locked the door, guards and secret services around, security cameras are working. Mar-a-Lago is essentially an armed fort that was built this way in the 1920s with high walls and a structure that served as a southern tower…”

He continued on Page 2: “I was the President of the United States and I was covered and protected by the Presidential Records Act, which is not criminal and allows and encourages you to talk to NARA, which we were, very well, until FBIwho, it is now known, has pursued me for years without stopping or asking, Committed a raid on Mar-a-Lago, a foolish and probably illegal act.’

Mr Trump said: “As president, I have the power to declassify documents, Biden did not.”

President Biden has made no such claims that he has declassified any documents found at his home or at the Penn-Biden Center in Washington. A “small amount” of documents dating back to Mr. Biden’s time as President Barack Obama’s vice president were found.

Mr. Trump ended his rant by first complaining about the special counsel appointed to investigate him: “The special ‘prosecutor’ Jack Smith, however, is a political thug who hates Trump…” and then concluded on “Page 3” with “The Boxes Hoax case against me must be dropped immediately. I didn’t do anything wrong!”

About 300 classified documents, including those marked “top secret,” were removed from Mr. Trump’s home after he left office in January 2021.

In January 2022, the National Archives told the Department of Justice that the boxes of documents they had already received from the former president contained a lot of classified material. This led to an FBI search of Mar-a-Lago in August 2022, during which agents found 33 boxes of about 11,000 documents, including 10 classified.

While Biden’s team immediately alerted the White House counsel’s office, which in turn contacted NARA, when the documents were discovered, Trump’s team was less forthcoming as months passed and the battle to extract new documents continued.

There is no indication that Mr. Biden knew of the existence of the documents, and they were quickly released without any attempt to delay or conceal the discovery.

Mr. Trump engaged in an extended argument that he had declassified the materials and had every right to keep them. He could face potential obstruction charges and is not immune from prosecution now that he has left office.

Mar-a-Lago was indeed built in the 1920s as the Winter White House, but no president used it as such until Mr. Trump, who has owned the property since the 1980s and operates it as a private members’ club.

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