Did Trump Transfer Documents to Bedminster? Ex-FBI Official Floats Theory

Former FBI official Peter Strzok, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, floated a theory on Saturday that the former president may have transferred classified documents from Florida to his property in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Strzok's comments come a month after the FBI raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort residence where they found confidential and classified documents. Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed last month that he personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant for the raid.

On Twitter on Saturday, Strzok posted images of video footage reported in early May by the Daily Mail showing Trump boarding a private jet in Florida en route to his Bedminster golf course.

In the footage, staff members can be seen loading boxes onto the plane. Strzok posted a zoomed in image of staffers holding the boxes next to an image taken by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during the raid. The DOJ photo shows a box containing what appear to be magazine covers, next to documents that are labeled "Top Secret."

"Better check Bedminster..." Strzok tweeted. "On May 6, [the National Archives and Records Administration] emails Trump to say material is missing and may be at [Mar-a-Lago]. On May 9, Trump gets on a private plane from Palm Beach to Bedminster. On video, several boxes are seen loaded onto the plane."

"Type/brand of box look familiar?" he asked while posting the images of the boxes being loaded onto the plane, as well as a zoomed in version of the box in the DOJ photo.

"Good example of harm to nat sec from waiting to use [Mar-a-Lago] classified docs: ID and interview these folks, compare their fingerprints w/ those on seized docs/empty folders, build [probable cause] for other warrants," Strzok wrote in another tweet.

Strzok's comments come after prosecutors said this week that Trump may not have returned all of the classified documents that are missing. Reuters reported Friday that prosecutors say it may present a national security risk that merits investigation.

Did Trump Transfer Documents to Bedminster?
Above, former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally on September 3 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Former FBI official Peter Strzok, a frequent critic of Trump, floated a theory on Saturday that Trump may have transferred documents from Florida to his property in Bedminster, New Jersey. Spencer Platt

Strzok was fired from the FBI after text messages from 2016 were released revealing anti-Trump remarks between himself and FBI lawyer Lisa Page. He frequently criticizes the former president, and published a book in 2020 titled Compromised: Counterintelligence and the Threat of Donald J. Trump.

Newsweek has reached out to Trump's press office for comment.

In an interview in August, Strzok said foreign intelligence services in countries, including Russia and China have "absolutely" tried to gain access to Mar-a-Lago.

"What's especially concerning right now is some of the information that's coming out about the absolute lack of any sort of control, or memorialization of who had access to Mar-a-Lago at any given time—particularly in the context of the fact that it appears that classified documents were strewn all over the facility," he told MSNBC.

This week, a judge dismissed a lawsuit Trump had filed against 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, alleging that Clinton and others accused him of colluding with Russia prior to the 2016 presidential election. Strzok was a defendant in the lawsuit.

"Trump's lawsuit against me and many others just dismissed," Strzok tweeted Friday.