May 12, 2022, 03:09pm

A federal grand jury has assembled and issued at least one subpoena in the Justice Department's probe into former President Donald Trump's transfer of classified White House records to his Mar-a-Lago resort, suggesting the investigation into the former president is gaining steam.

President Trump Participates In Roundtable With Women Small Business Owners

The Roosevelt Room of the White House is where President Donald Trump met with women small business owners.

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According to the Times, prosecutors subpoenaed the National Archives and Records Administration for boxes of documents shipped from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.

According to reports, former White House workers have been asked to appear for interviews.

The Justice Department and a Trump spokeswoman did not respond to requests for comment.

The Washington Post reported in April that the Justice Department was investigating why Trump took 15 boxes of records with him to Mar-a-Lago after leaving office. It is not clear if Trump knew he was breaking the law when he moved the boxes to his resort, but the intent will be important in bringing criminal charges. Critics lambasted Trump and his administration for not properly preserving records. According to multiple reports, some White House documents were torn up and had to be taped back together, while an upcoming book from the Times claims that White House toilets were full of documents on multiple occasions. The claims of toilet-clogging werecategorically untrue, according to the former president.


The Presidential Records Act requires outgoing presidents to transfer their presidential records to the National Archives when they leave office. If records are moved or destroyed, they could be considered a felony.

What To Watch For

Several investigations are looking at Trump. In New York, a series of probes are looking into whether his business empire, the Trump Organization, purposely misvalued assets, while a special grand jury has been called in Georgia to decide whether to recommend criminal charges against Trump for his efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.

The New York Times reported that prosecutors are looking into Trump's handling of classified material.

The National Archives took 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-A-Lago.

The DOJ is looking into Trump's move of classified records to Mar-A-Lago.

The White House toilet has documents.

The investigation into Trump is heating up in Georgia.