An attempt by former president Donald Trump to blame the General Services Administration for having top-secret government documents stashed at his Mar-a-Lago resort has been severely undermined by a new report from Bloomberg News.
Trump has claimed during various public appearances that the GSA was in charge of packing and transporting boxes of White House records to Mar-a-Lago.
But according to documents obtained by Bloomberg through a FOIA request, the top-secret documents were already packed in the boxes when the GSA showed up to transport them to Florida.
“More than 100 pages of emails and shipping lists between White House and transition staff and the US General Services Administration describe the minutiae of moving the Trump White House from Washington, DC, to Florida, down to how many rolls of bubble wrap and tape, all within a plan signed by then-Chief of Staff Mark Meadows,” the publication notes. “One thing is clear: The boxes were packed when the movers got there.”
Bloomberg highlights email exchanges in which GSA officials provided Trump aides with instructions on how to pack and prepare the boxes for shipping, among other things, and “strongly suggests that GSA was only involved in facilitating the shipping of the items and may not have had a role in packing the boxes.”
In an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity just two weeks ago, Trump tried to blame the GSA, and his aide Kash Patel did the same in a previous radio interview.
“The GSA packed the boxes, moved them to the president’s home like they did for Obama and Clinton and Bush, and President Trump invited the DOJ in and said, whatever you guys need,” Patel said.