MSNBC host Joy Reid made unsubstantiated claims during her Monday show that former President Donald Trump’s possession of classified documents could be linked to a “rash” of deaths among America’s spies.
One of her guests also wildly alleged that the 45th president could have “sold” off some secret information before the FBI seized a trove of documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate last month.
During a panel discussion on “The Reid Out,” Reid attempted to connect the dots between the material found at Trump’s home and reports last year of a string of US spies being killed, captured or compromised.
“You know, while all of this is happening, we know that in 2021, there was a rash of deaths of American spies,” Reid told viewers. “They were being caught. They were being killed. Because this is a very real and exigent circumstance. And the CIA has admitted to that now.”
“We are not saying that we know that there is some connection between the purloined documents and those events,” she added, “but they did happen at a time when Trump did have custody of some really sensitive information that he shouldn’t have had.”
The CIA issued a cable last year calling on its frontline spies to step up their operational security worldwide due to the arrests and murders of dozens of informants in recent years.
Reid went on to suggest that Trump had connections to people — such as Russian oligarch Viktor Vekselberg who is being probed for alleged fraud — that US authorities may want to investigate.
“Trump knows the kinds of people who one might want to investigate, who might want to do bad things to the United States and might not be on our side,” she said. “And I wonder how frustrated you think law enforcement must be knowing that they can’t look into any of that.”
Reid then allowed her guest, retired federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner, to make the unproven allegation that Trump knows the information he stored at Mar-a-Lago might have “compromised national security.”
Kirschner referenced a detailed inventory of items seized by the FBI during the Aug. 8 raid, which showed that 48 folders marked “CLASSIFIED” were found empty.
It is not clear from the inventory list, which was made public on a judge’s orders last week, why the folders were empty.
“You know, both our intelligence community and our law enforcement community must be beside themselves right now because Donald Trump absolutely has information and evidence about how those documents that he stole and unlawfully concealed at Mar-a-Lago might have compromised national security,” Kirschner claimed.
“The reason I state that definitively is because he knows who he showed them to, who he let copy them, who he let take a snapshot of them, who he might have given, or worse, sold the information that was in those … empty classified documents folders. He has this information in his head, at least some of it.”
The discussion between Reid and Kirschner took place hours after US District Judge Aileen Cannon sided with Trump by authorizing an independent third party — known as a special master — to review the trove of seized documents to see if any were subjected to attorney-client or executive privilege.
The Justice Department had tried to argue the appointment of a special master would both slow the pace of its probe into the presence of top-secret information at Mar-a-Lago and be unnecessary, since its filter team had already completed its work.