Coat Hanger Key to Unlocking Trump's Classified Doc Storage, Witness Claims

Former President faces serious legal scrutiny over document mishandling

by Zain ul Abedin
Coat Hanger Key to Unlocking Trump's Classified Doc Storage, Witness Claims
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In an intriguing development in the ongoing investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of classified documents, a witness has revealed to the FBI that a simple coat hanger or a "very tiny screwdriver" could unlock the storage room at Mar-a-Lago where these sensitive materials were kept.

This account was shared by an aide to Trump during Special Counsel Jack Smith’s probe and was part of the exhibits released recently. This revelation challenges Trump’s previous assertions that the classified documents were always securely stored after his presidency.

According to the witness, the door to the storage room, used during the summer of 2021, was equipped with a knob featuring a pinhole - a type commonly found in residential settings. This could be locked from the inside with a push button, allowing it to be easily unlocked with a small tool.

During an FBI interview, the significance of this security flaw was discussed, suggesting how trivial it would be to access the room, likened humorously by the witness's lawyer to a child locking themselves in a bathroom and easily popping it open.

Trump's Security Breach

This security lapse is a focal point in Special Counsel Smith’s case, highlighting the casual handling of highly sensitive documents. Photos included in Trump's indictment last June show boxes, believed to contain classified documents, carelessly stored in various locations, including a ballroom and a bathroom at Mar-a-Lago.

Trump faces 37 criminal counts related to his retention and handling of classified materials, which allegedly include documents detailing U.S. nuclear capabilities and national defense strategies. The charges assert that Trump unlawfully retained hundreds of these documents and obstructed federal efforts to recover them.

Despite the severity of the allegations, Trump has maintained his innocence, pleading not guilty to all charges. This latest testimony underscores ongoing concerns about the security measures - or the lack thereof - surrounding these classified materials. It adds another layer of complexity to the former president's legal challenges as the proceedings unfold.