Even though the formerly unflappable Trump ally is being held “responsible” for improperly handling the documents seized during the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff to the 45th president Donald Trump, has yet to make any sort of statement in support of his former boss.
According to claims made by two sources with knowledge of the matter and cited in a report by New York Times correspondent and CNN analyst Maggie Haberman, Glenn Thrush, Alan Feuer, and Katie Benner, Meadows was the person “who oversaw presidential records in the chaotic closing days of the administration.”
It should be recalled that Haberman is the one who shared images of what she claims are notes written by Trump that were flushed down a toilet the same day as the Mar-a-Lago raid through her media allies and while promoting her new book.
According to Haberman and her sources, Trump’s resolution of “political grievances and personal grudges” during the closing weeks of his administration prevented Meadows from “organizing an effort to gather, box, and send papers to the National Archives.”
When claims that Trump handled documents improperly first appeared in February, Meadows scoffed at the stories and denied the claims.
On February 10, Meadows said to Newsmax, “We were very careful to make sure we maintained those records, and ultimately, I think the record will reveal that. After the FBI searched the home of his former boss on the same grounds, he has kept silent.
At the same time, previous reports claim the alleged classified documents were taken to Mar-a-Lago on purpose by someone close to Trump.
According to the insider, “They [the FBI] won’t come out empty handed.” As if Trump had the audacity to carry out what they claimed he did. The only scenario that might have occurred is if a subversive employee had hidden it in a box that had been hauled away in January 2021.
According to several sources, the operation was “based” in significant part on information provided to the FBI by an anonymous source who claimed that Trump was “hiding” classified materials.
This undercover FBI asset, according to the article, was close enough to the president and knowledgeable about Mar-a-Lago to describe in detail what those documents contained and identify their position for the FBI before the search.
Meadows has spent months speaking out against the Biden administration and Democrats while working for the Conservative Policy Institute. She has also defended conservative policies while remaining close to the former president throughout the January 6 Committee’s investigation.
In fact, the former president was reportedly considering Meadows to be his future 2024 vice president pick, according to a report by Politico published in November 2021.
In his book “The Chief’s Chief,” Meadows claimed that Trump tested positive for COVID-19 three days prior to his first presidential debate with Biden. Shortly after, however, Trump accused Meadows of misrepresenting his COVID-19 diagnosis.