On Sunday (August 14), a Fox News anchor wondered whether former President Donald Trump had tried to “sell” classified documents to Saudi Arabia or Russia.
Eric Shawn, an anchor and senior correspondent for Fox News, cited reports when presenting the idea that Trump could have tried “to sell [or] share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis, or others.”
Asking former intelligence officer and expert on Russia, Rebekah Koffler, Shawn pointed to reports that “either the material was being mishandled or even possibly illegally transferred…to others.”
Before asking Koffler about “more questions” that had been raised in connection to the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago property. “Did former President Trump try to sell [or] share the highly classified material to the Russians or to the Saudis, or others? Or were the documents innocently mishandled and stored because he thought he had a legal right to have them?” Shawn queried.
In her response, Koffler called the storage of classified documentation at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence a “counterintelligence nightmare.”
She then said the “real question” should be: “what Russian President Putin has already done?”
She highlighted how the U.S. is “the top target for KGB operative Putin and his spy services,” Adding that Trump’s Florida residence “is a counterintelligence nightmare, meaning that spies from all over the world—Russia, China, and beyond—are always on the hunt to lay their hands on top secret information, especially something that is related to nuclear warfare doctrine.”
Koffler concluded her response by calling the lack of security for the classified documents a “grave concern.”
Following the raid and reports that the boxes retrieved from Trump’s residence included classified information related to nuclear warheads, Russian media came to Trump’s defense.
On a recent episode of the Russian TV News Program “60 Minutes,” a Russian military expert echoed Trump’s claims that the raid was a “witch hunt” and that Trump was chosen to be the “witch.”
In a broadcast from the state-owned Russia-1 television channel, a host floated the idea that “if there were any important documents, they’ve been studying them in Moscow for a while.”
Meanwhile, Trump has dismissed any reports that the classified documents retrieved property included information on nuclear weapons as a “hoax.”