Seems secure…

Trump took Top Secret (and higher) files from the White House

What was the plan?

Sean McDevitt
2 min readAug 14, 2022


The Wall Street Journal outlined the contents of the boxes the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago on August 8:

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took around 20 boxes of items, binders of photos, a handwritten note and the executive grant of clemency for Mr. Trump’s ally Roger Stone, a list of items removed from the property shows. Also included in the list was information about the “President of France,” according to the three-page list.

The list includes references to one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” an abbreviation that refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information. It also says agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. The list didn’t provide any more details about the substance of the documents.

I’m waiting to see how all of this plays out, but if this was anyone else, they’d already be in jail right now.

I mean, why in the hell would he take these documents? To sell them? Did he want a few souvenirs? This is the guy who loves to rip up documents and flush them down the toilet, so what was the reasoning behind keeping them?

I can think of a few reasons, but none of them make any sense:

  • Trump took anything he wanted and could not fathom the idea that they aren’t really his documents to have.
  • He took the documents because he hoped to sell them to someone or a foreign power like Israel or Russia.
  • He wanted them because he thought the contents could be used to exonerate him for all of his misdeeds.
  • He really had no clue about any of this, and now he’s trying to play the victim.

Maybe there’s some other more obvious reason that I’m not thinking of that makes a lick of sense. I’m sure this whole point will be discovered sooner or later.

Hoping for sooner.




Sean McDevitt

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