Washington Post reporter Shane Harris, who reported former President Donald Trump allegedly took nuclear documents from the White House, wasn’t asked a single question about the documents’ specifics during a Friday interview with CNN.
The Post reported Thursday that “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought,” but lacked specific details about the information contained in the alleged documents.
John Berman asked for more details of Harris and his colleagues’ findings. While Harris did acknowledge in the beginning of the interview he didn’t know the documents’ specifics, neither host pressed him for further details after his bombshell claim.
“What we understand is that among these classified documents that the FBI was searching for are documents related to nuclear weapons,” Harris said. “Now, we’re very clear in this story, we do not know whether that relates to U.S. nuclear weapons, the U.S. nuclear weapons arsenal, or research, or information about the nuclear weapons of other countries. But what we do understand is that this information which would in any instance be among the most tightly guarded secrets in the U.S. government appears to have caused sufficient concern that helped motivate this extraordinary search at the former president’s home.”
Brianna Keilar agreed the information “should be tightly guarded,” and then noted that The Post’s reporting says the information “wasn’t tightly guarded at the White House either.”
Harris said he spoke with former officials, who explained some information was “passed around and handled by people who did not have the need to possess it or to read it,” including those lacking proper security clearance.
“If the FBI believed or were seeking classified documents related to nuclear weapons at Mar-a-Lago, as you say, that would be so serious,” Berman said. “The existence of those documents would be so serious. What took so long?”
Harris said the timeline of events is a bit unclear, so he didn’t have an exact answer. (RELATED: ‘Destruction Of Trust’: Martha MacCallum Picks Apart FBI’s History Of Transparency)
Some have questioned the legitimacy of The Post’s reporting. Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Ingersoll noted that skepticism is warranted when the only information given is “nuclear documents.”
“Anyone who’s familiar with what the scope of ‘nuclear documents’ is should be skeptical when these unnamed officials refuse to get more specific than ‘nuclear documents.'”
Anyone who’s familiar with what the scope of “nuclear documents” is should be skeptical when these unnamed officials refuse to get more specific than “nuclear documents” https://t.co/TbHPJs4Baf
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) August 12, 2022
Attorney General Merrick Garland broke his silence Thursday about the raid, saying he personally approved it. Trump issued a statement late Thursday night calling the raid an “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement” and encouraged the “release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach.”