A one-time top spokesman for former President Donald Trump says she saw the embattled Republican show off classified documents to guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Stephanie Grisham, who served as both White House communications director and press secretary — as well as press secretary and chief of staff to then-first lady Melania Trump — made the claim on MSNBC’s “Alex Witt Reports” Saturday when asked about her former boss’s alleged mishandling of the top secret files.
“I watched him show, uh, documents to people at Mar-a-Lago on the dining room patio. So, he has no respect for classified information. Never did,” Grisham told Witt.
The 46-year-old then referenced a recently surfaced audio tape of Trump, 77, discussing and apparently showing off “highly confidential” and “secret” documents to a writer, a publisher and two members of his staff at his New Jersey golf course in July 2021.
Stephanie Grisham told MSNBC that she witnessed Trump show off classified documents at his Florida resort.MSNBC
Hundreds of top secret documents were found at Mar-a-Lago by the FBI.Justice Department
Trump faces seven felony charges in connection to his alleged mishandling of the documents.AP
“You know, listening to that exchange every time, it just makes me so angry. He talks specifically that he should have declassified it, but he didn’t. So there, I think, is proof,” Grisham said.
“I believe also there’s a portion of that audio where he says, you know, this is off the record. And I know Donald Trump knows the rules of reporters and he knows if it needs to be off the record that they can’t talk about it. So I think he was covering himself in that regard.”
Trump is currently the front-runner for the 2024 GOP presidential nod, even as he faces a 37-count indictment in connection to the trove of documents found by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago last summer that could put him behind bars for up to 75 years.
The 45th president allegedly kept hundreds of documents stored throughout his Florida resort in places like “a ballroom, a bathroom and shower, an office space, his bedroom, and a storage room,” according to the Department of Justice.
Some of the documents allegedly detailed US weapons programs and defense weaknesses and plans to respond to a foreign attack, and Trump continued to hoard the files even after he was given multiple opportunities to hand them over to authorities.
“I think that, you know, I can’t stress enough how by being so loose with this stuff, he’s potentially putting people in danger,” Grisham said.
“And yeah, I had a top security clearance and it’s very, very hard to obtain. So it’s very important and it’s vital to our country and our national security. The only people with these clearances have access to any of these documents.”
The ex-prez is also facing dozens of felony charges in connection to falsifying business documents and is being investigated by the feds for his role in attempting to overturn the 2020 election result.