- The FBI seized classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.
- Sen. Roy Blunt told ABC’s This Week that Trump should have turned them over.
- Blunt was also critical that the intelligence committee was not informed of the raid and documents.
Sen. Roy Blunt said he was concerned that the intelligence committee on which he serves was not informed about the raid on Mar-a-Lago before it took place.
“Why hadn’t we heard anything about this? In fact, if the administration was concerned that there was a national security problem. I got immediately involved with Chairman Warner and Vice Chairman Rubio and said we need to get a letter out right now to the Justice Department and the Director of National Intelligence to say ‘if there really is a problem, why haven’t you told us about it,'” Blunt said on ABC’s This Week on Sunday.
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Blunt said the Oversight Committee should have been told.
Earlier this month, the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago, including some that were marked as “top secret” and may have concerned nuclear weapons.
Host George Stephanopoulos pressed Blunt on whether it was right for former President Donald Trump to take these documents to Mar-a-Lago.
“You should be very careful with classified documents,” Blunt replied, adding false GOP comparisons to documents handled by Hillary Clinton and James Comey.
“They had them on the internet, which is much more dangerous, then having them in a box somewhere, but everyone has to be more careful,” Blunt said.
Stephanopoulos pushed back.
“Senator, you’re still not answering my question. You were critical of Sen. Clinton who actually turned over what she had. Turned over all her devices. What we have here is a situation where the president did not turn over these documents. Can you say whether that was right or wrong?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“He should have turned the documents over, and apparently had turned a number of documents over. George what I wonder about is why this could go on for almost two years and less than 100 days before the election. Suddenly we’re talking about this rather than the economy, or inflation, or even the student loan program,” Blunt replied.