A former lawyer for Donald Trump warned the ex-president late last year that having government documents in his home could put him in legal danger, sources told The New York Times in a report on Monday.
Former White House attorney Eric Herschmann stressed the importance of returning the material, three people familiar with the conversation said. Trump thanked Herschmann for his attorney, but was “evasive” about returning the records, according to the three sources.
The reported discussion bolsters evidence that Trump knew bringing home government documents could have consequences. He allegedly hid top secret files that allegedly contain sensitive nuclear information. FBI agents seized documents during a raid on Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida club and residence, last month.
It’s unclear whether Herschmann, who was not working for Trump at the time of the reported conversation, had knowledge of the contents of the documents in the former president’s possession, according to the Times.
The Justice Department is also determining whether Trump or his colleagues have been filibustering. A judge appointed by Trump as the president recently granted his request for a special master to verify the documents, a small legal victory for the former president.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and made veiled threats that the country would erupt into violence if charged.
Herschmann represented Trump in his first impeachment trial. More recently, he dismissed allegations of voter fraud by Trump allies and their efforts to overturn the results, calling them “crazy.”
Herschmann declined to comment to The Times.
Trump’s office did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.