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Trump denies possession of nuclear documents, suggests FBI planted Washington Post story

In a Friday morning Truth Social post, Trump denied reports that there was any classified information pertaining to nuclear weapons at Mar-a-Lago.

Published: August 12, 2022 9:48am

Updated: August 12, 2022 10:54am

Former President Donald Trump on Friday pointedly denied still possessing classified documents about nuclear weapons after a Washington Post article suggested that was what FBI agents were searching for in his home.

He compared the article to leaks during the 2016 election of the now-discredited Steele dossier.

Trump wrote on his social media app Truth Social, "Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more."

"Same sleazy people involved," he added, referring to some of the top appointees at the DOJ and FBI. "Why wouldn't the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer's [sic], or others present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn't let them get even close — said 'ABSOLUTELY NOT.'"

Trump further suggested that information may have been leaked to the media in order to portray him in a negative light following the raid.

"Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer [sic] Steele Dossier!" wrote Trump, referring to the debunked opposition research report that alleged collusion between Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government

On Thursday evening, the Washington Post reported that the FBI descended on Mar-a-Lago and rifled through the Trump's private home for hours to find documents potentially pertaining to nuclear weapons. Sources did not tell the Post "what type of information the agents were seeking," nor if any documents were recovered. 

Also on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered a short statement, in which he confirmed that he had personally approved the search warrant of the Trump property and is currently working to unseal the warrant.

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