- A lawyer has refused to back Donald Trump’s claim that he turned over all government records in January, according to reports.
- The attorney, Alex Cannon, was involved in negotiations between Trump and the National Archives.
- Months later, the FBI recovered caches of government documents from Mar-a-Lago during a search.
Trump attorney Alex Cannon declined to put his name to a statement by the former president saying he had returned all government records held at Mar-a-Lago, according to multiple reports.
Former President Donald Trump wanted to release a statement in January saying there were no more documents after many were turned over, The Washington Post first reported.
The report was later confirmed by The New York Times and CNN.
Cannon had acted as liaison between Trump and the National Archives as the agency repeatedly asked Trump to return documents he kept in Florida.
Trump’s push to make the statement came after Trump voluntarily returned 15 boxes of material, months before the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago and found no more documents.
But Cannon refused to take the message to the archives because he didn’t know if it was true, according to reports.
According to CNN, Cannon decided not to confirm the statement because he had handled the issue from New York and could not say whether all of the material held at Mar-a-Lago had been returned.
Shortly after, according to the report, Trump ordered her not to get involved in the case any further.
The statement claiming that all records had been returned was ultimately not released, according to reports.
In the boxes of documents Trump returned to them in January, the National Archives found highly classified information and alerted the Justice Department.
When FBI agents visited Mar-a-Lago in June, Trump aides turned over more boxes of government documents and a Trump lawyer signed a statement saying no classified documents wanted by the National Archives was still being held at Mar-a-Lago. , a claim similar to the January statement that was never sent,
But the FBI said it found numerous other classified documents when it ran its search, contradicting Trump’s earlier claims.
In court documents, the DOJ said Trump kept the material in a store and his private offices, stored haphazardly next to his personal effects.
Trump used a range of defenses in response to the raid, saying the investigation was part of a political plot to destroy him.
However, NARA and the DOJ have apparently made several attempts to resolve the issue without having to resort to obtaining a search warrant, after initially asking him to return the documents shortly after leaving office in 2021. .
Insider reached out to Cannon and Trump’s representatives for comment.