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An explosive court document contains blistering allegations against former President Donald Trump, who has been indicted on 37 counts for alleged federal crimes related to his mishandling of classified documents he kept in the bathrooms, ballrooms and other nooks of his Mar-a-Lago estate.
According to the indictment, Trump allegedly instructed his attorneys to hide information from the Department of Justice, suggesting they ‘pluck out’ damaging classified documents.
It also reveals a bombshell recounting of a conversation during which Trump showed members of his staff a highly-sensitive military ‘plan of attack’ document given to the former president by a senior military official.
The indictment goes on to allege Trump instructed his closest aide to lie, admitted that some of the documents in his possession were in fact not declassified and more. The former president is expected in federal court next week regarding the matter that Special Counsel Jack Smith said Friday will move quickly through a ‘speedy trial.’
DailyMail.com breaks down some of the most stunning revelations included in the unsealed document.
Trump ‘stored his boxes containing classified documents .. in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room,’ according to the indictment which contains pictures
‘Isn’t it better if there are no documents’
‘I don’t want anybody looking, I don’t want anybody looking through my boxes, I really don’t, I don’t want you looking through my boxes,’ a conversation by Trump included in the indictment states.
‘Well what if we, what happens if we just don’t respond at all or don’t play ball with them?’ Trump allegedly said, referring to the Department of Justice.
‘Wouldn’t it be better if we just told them we don’t have anything here?’ Trump is alleged to have continued according to the document.
‘Well look isn’t it better if there are no documents.’
Details on highly confidential military ‘plan of attack’
According to the indictment, Trump shared a military ‘plan of attack’ with aides and an outside writer and editor in July 2021, all who did not hold security clearances at the time, and despite knowing it should not be publicized.
‘Look what I found, this was [the Senior Military Official’s] plan of attack, read it and just show…it’s interesting,’ Trump said according to the court document.
‘I’ll show you an example. He said that I wanted to attack [Country A]. Isn’t it amazing? I have a big pile of papers, this thing just came up. Look – This was him. They presented me this – this is off the record, but – they presented me this. This was him,’ the indictment recounts.
‘This totally wins my case, you know,’ he continued.
He also admitted that the document he was showing was ‘highly confidential.’
‘See as president I could have declassified it,’ Trump continued.
‘Now I can’t, you know, but this is still a secret,’ the former president admitted.
The indictment also states that in September 2021 at the Bedminster Club, Trump showed ‘a representative of his political action committee who did not possess a security clearance a classified map related to a military operation and told the representative that he should not be showing it to the representative.’
He also said that the PAC representative should ‘not get too close.’
‘If there’s anything really bad in there, pluck it out’
The indictment contains a passage recounting a conversation between Trump and one of his attorneys during which he seemingly instructed him to throw out ‘bad’ documents.
According to the indictment, Trump ‘made a funny motion as though – well okay why don’t you take them with you to your hotel room and if there’s anything really bad in there, like, you know, pluck it out.’
‘And that was the motion that he made. He didn’t say that,’ the attorney allegedly said in the recount of the conversation.
Trump suggested his lawyers ‘hide or destroy’ documents
According to the court document, Trump strongly suggested that his lawyers ‘hide or destroy documents’ sought by the Florida grand jury subpoena for information in March 2022.
Prosecutors write in the indictment that the former president told his lawyers to tell the DOJ that they ‘didn’t have’ the specific documents that were detailed in the subpoena.
Documents about key allies, including the U.K., spilled on bathroom floor
According to the indictment, Trump’s alleged co-conspirator Nauta texted a different Trump staffer a picture of documents containing classified information that were spewed all over a bathroom floor.
‘I opened the door and found this,’ including two photographs of the spilled documents, at least one of which contained classified documents.
The indictment states that the specific documents were related to intelligence between the ‘Five Eyes’ countries.
Those countries represent an ‘intelligence-sharing alliance’ between the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Documents stacked up by a toilet in the ballroom bathroom
Trump stored boxes of classified documents all around his Mar-a-Lago home.
He ‘stored his boxes containing classified documents .. in a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room,’ according to the indictment which contains pictures.
‘From January through March 15, 2021, some of Trump’s boxes were stored in the Mar-a-Lago Club’s White and Gold Ballroom, in which events and gatherings took place. Trump’s boxes were for a time stacked on the ballroom’s stage,’ the indictment states.
11 documents were marked ‘Top Secret’
According to the indictment, FBI agents seized a total of 75 documents from Mar-a-Lago last August.
There were 11 were marked ‘Top Secret,’ 36 with ‘Secret’ markings and 28 were labeled as ‘Confidential.’
‘Nuclear capability’ document found
One of the top secret documents from June 2020 contained information ‘concerning nuclear capabilities of a foreign country,’ according to the indictment.
Trump’s aide lied to the FBI about moving boxes
The indictment states that Trump’s White House aide Walt Nauta falsely stated to the FBI in a May 2022 interview that he was not aware of Trump’s boxes of classified documents.
When asked directly about whether he knew where Trump’s boxes were stored, Nauta replied: ‘I wish, I wish I could tell you. I don’t know. I don’t – I honestly just don’t know.’
The indictment goes on to state that Nauta removed ‘approximately 64 boxes’ from the storage room to Trump’s residence.
It also incriminates Trump for directing Nauta to move the boxes from the Storage Room himself, before his attorney could conduct a search.
The indictment states that Trump’s White House aide Walt Nauta falsely stated to the FBI in a May 2022 interview that he was not aware of Trump’s boxes of classified documents
Special Counsel Jack Smith said Friday the case against Trump will move quickly through a ‘speedy trial’
Nauta ‘did in fact know that the boxed in Pine Hall had come from the Storage Room, as Nauta himself, with the assistance of Trump Employee 2, had moved the boxes from the Storage Room to Pine hall,’ the indictment states.
‘Nauta had observed the boxed in and moved them to various locations at the Mar-a-Lago Club,’ it continues.
Prosecutors throw Trump’s previous statements on transparency back at him
Prosecutors write that in August 2016 while on the campaign trail, Trump stated: ‘In my administration, I’m going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information.
He made another similar statement in September 2016, saying ‘we can’t have someone in the Oval Office who doesn’t understand the meaning of confidential or classified.’
Former President Trump is facing 31 counts of charges related to the withholding of national defense information, five counts of concealing the possession of classified documents and two counts – one of which includes his aide Nauta – of making false statements to the FBI.