NOTigel Farage, Ray J and Michael Flynn, the former US general who pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, would not normally be allowed near America’s most sensitive secrets.
But court filings made this week by the Department of Justiceand confirmed in part by Donald Trump, revealed that he had stored classified files at Mar-a-Lago, including in his office, since leaving the White House. Social media posts offer insight into some of the former presidents’ visitors over the past 18 months who gained access to the room where the FBI found top-secret government documents.
“There are often guests,” Trump attorney Alina Habba told Fox News on Thursday.
These guests include Farage, Ray J and Flynn as well as Republican members of Congress, local government officials, current candidates, conservative operatives and, in addition to Farage, a member of the European Parliament, at least one other former foreign lawmaker, according Forbes’ analysis of social media posts.
Faringwho helped engineer Brexit, and two other guests met Trump at his Mar-a-Lago office last April.
Trump admitted another former member of a foreign legislature to his office in November 2021 when he accepted an honorary taekwondo black belt. The president of the governing body that awarded the prize, Lee Dong-supwas a member of the South Korean parliament in 2018, the Korea Timetables reported (Lee’s name does not appear on the current meeting list).
As for US lawmakers, Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo). is one of at least six members of Congress to have visited Trump in his Mar-a-Lago office. Boebert did not come across any classified information during his November 2021 visit, nor did Trump mention there was any nearby, according to a lawmaker spokesperson. Investigators have not been in contact with Boebert regarding his visit, the spokesperson said.
Republicans Jim Banks (Indiana.), Ted Bud (NC), Mario Diaz Balart (Florida.), Lance Gooden (Texas) and Greg Steube (Florida) also shared photos from Trump’s office. As Congressional Candidates Have Done Jake Evans, Cory Mills and Vernon Jones. Their spokespersons did not respond to inquiries.
State and municipal officials may also have been unusually close to US government secrets. Dan Cox, a Maryland state delegate and GOP gubernatorial candidate, shared a photo from the office in May. He also said Forbes that he did not see any classified information during his visit and that Trump did not mention that there might be any nearby. Florida State Representative Antoine Sabatinimayor Esteban Bovo Jr.. of Hialeah, Florida and member of the New York City Council Inna Vernikov also visited.
In 2017, former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn pleaded guilty. Right-wing political operative Roger Stone was convicted of seven counts, including lying to Congress, in 2019. While in office, Trump pardoned Flynn and granted Stone clemency. Out of the office, the pair may have been near classified information when they separately visited Trump.
Founder of Turning Point USA Charlie KirkVeritas’ Project James O’Keefeformer White House adviser Stephen Miller, Kyle Rittenhousecommentator Todd Starnes and pastor Darrell Scott (with Ray J) are among other conservative agents spotted in Trump’s office.
Starnes, who was in Mar-a-Lago around November 2021 to interview Trump for a book, was the only member of that group to respond to a survey. He said Forbes he was offered a Diet Coke but said he “cannot and will not divulge the content of the interview or any documents the President may or may not have shown me”.