Trump was so distracted by grievances that he never got round to returning secret documents the FBI found at Mar-a-Lago: NYT

President Donald Trump speaks as White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows (R) listens before Trump's Marine One departs from the South Lawn of the White House July 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.
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Donald Trump left office in such disarray that he failed to return documents, according to the NYT.
The documents remained in his possession until the FBI seized them in a raid last week.
Trump claims he declassified the documents, a suggestion many opposed.
Former President Donald Trump failed to return sensitive documents to the US government when he left office because he was so obsessed with settling personal grudges, the New York Times reported.
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Citing two sources with knowledge of the situation, The Times reported that efforts to return classified material fell by the wayside in the tumultuous final days of his presidency.
According to the sources, Trump and his chief of staff Mark Meadows were consumed with "settling political grievances and personal grudges" and ignoring the task of forwarding sensitive documents to the National Archives.
By contrast, The Times reported, Vice President Mike Pence was focused on the task and got his notes back as needed.
Insiders contacted Trump and Meadows spokesmen about the claims.
The question of how Trump handled government documents during and after his tenure has come under intense scrutiny following the Aug. 8 FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.
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Federal agents have retrieved highly classified information in the search, legal documents show. According to a Washington Post report, the agents acted on suspicions that Trump withheld many important documents from a handover in early 2022.
The final weeks of a president's term in office are usually spent sorting out outstanding issues and helping prepare the new administration, even if the opposing party wins.
But Trump was the only president in US history who refused to concede defeat after losing to Joe Biden in November 2020, and instead spent months promoting baseless conspiracy theories that the election was stolen. This resistance culminated in the January 6 riots and his second impeachment.
According to The Times, there were discussions about what to do with classified material prior to Trump's departure, but ultimately no action was taken.
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Trump has claimed he has largely declassified information he kept at Mar-a-Lago. However, former officials, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton and former CIA Director Leon Panetta, both said this was probably not true.
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