Did Trump Tamper With Surveillance Footage?

Trump at his home in Mar-a-Lago.

The office of special investigations counsel Jack Smith has begun questioning executive members of the Trump Organization regarding potential tampering of surveillance footage from Trump’s Florida home resort at Mar-a-Lago, Florida. This footage was subpoenaed by the Justice Department in the summer of 2022 as it potentially contained evidence of Trump’s team mishandling classified documents that were also requested by the feds to retrieve any and all sensitive documents Trump may have acquired while president.

Matthew Calamari Sr., longtime security manager for Trump Organization.

Matthew Calamari Sr., longtime security manager for Trump Organization.

Currently, three members of Trump’s inner circle are under scrutiny for their potential involvement in this crime. Matthew Calamari Sr., the executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Trump Organization, has been in charge of security operations for Trump’s properties for decades. He will be taking the witness stand along with his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., head of security for the Trump Organization. They will be answering questions involving the surveillance footage in question along with the handling of classified documents.

Months ago, Trump valet, confidante, and so-called “loyal aide” Walter Nauta was also questioned by the special counsel as it was uncovered that himself and others moved classified documents out of a storage area. After initially denying to the FBI that Trump directed him to move the documents, Nauta bent under pressure and admitted that he was directed by the former president to transfer the files from Mar-a-Lago to his personal residence. This was a key discovery that bolstered the FBI’s allegation that Trump obstructed justice by not overturning these sensitive documents.

When Did This All Start?

Trump and high-profile Chinese donor, Li Yang.

Trump and high-profile Chinese donor, Li Yang.

The incident first came to light in February 2021 when an attorney for a Chinese businesswoman named Li Yang requested access to surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago for her defense in a criminal case. Yang was accused of running a prostitution ring and selling access to Trump and his associates. The attorney claimed that the footage was relevant to Yang’s defense and that it had been deleted by Mar-a-Lago staff.

The deletion of the footage raised concerns about potential mishandling of sensitive information at Mar-a-Lago, including classified conversations and meetings. The Department of Homeland Security launched an investigation into the incident, which found that Mar-a-Lago staff had indeed deleted the footage, but that it had been backed up by the Secret Service.

However, further investigation revealed that Matthew Calamari Sr. and his son, Matthew Calamari Jr., had been involved in the decision to delete the footage. This raised questions about whether the Calamari family had access to potentially sensitive information and whether they had the authority to make decisions about the handling of such information.

As a result of these concerns, a special counsel was appointed to investigate the mishandling of surveillance footage at Mar-a-Lago. The special counsel is tasked with determining whether any laws were broken and whether Trump or the Calamari family had mishandled sensitive national security documents.

Questions Still Remain

Special counsel investigator Jack Smith.

Special counsel investigator Jack Smith.

The investigation is ongoing, and the special counsel has not yet released any findings or recommendations. However, the incident has raised serious concerns about the potential mishandling of sensitive information at Mar-a-Lago and the need for more robust security measures at private clubs frequented by high-ranking officials.

In conclusion, the special counsel investigation into the mishandling of surveillance footage at Mar-a-Lago highlights the need for more stringent security measures and proper protocols in place to ensure that sensitive national security documents are handled appropriately. The investigation is ongoing, and it remains to be seen what findings and recommendations will be released.

About the Author: Aaron Avila

Aaron J. Avila is a digital designer, social media marketer, and security professional with ENS Security.

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