According to Haaretz, the Israel Antiquities Authority thinks that former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, contains a collection of ancient porcelain oil lamps that have been missing for more than three years.
According to a story in Haaretz on Tuesday, the Antiquities Authority loaned the lamps to the White House in 2019 in advance of a Hanukkah celebration where Saul Fox, a significant supporter of the Antiquities Authority, would be present.
In the end, the lamps did not show up at the gathering. The start of the pandemic in early 2020, when travel was greatly curtailed, made it difficult to return the products.
The authority mandated that any object of such worth travel with a staff member. They were only supposed to be under Fox’s control for a short while.
According to Haaretz, the authority only just discovered that the things had actually landed at Mar-a-Lago after a protracted delay. Other very sensitive materials, including official documents that Trump allegedly wasn’t authorized to take with him when he left office, were discovered in significant quantities at Mar-a-Lago.
For keeping some of the documents, which were found in storage areas, a bedroom, and a bathroom, among other locations, Trump has been charged under the Espionage Act.
It’s uncertain whether the lighting issue will clarify that situation.
According to Haaretz, the Antiquities Authority has been requesting assistance from key Israeli officials close to Trump, including former U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman and former Israeli ambassador to Washington Ron Dermer, but to no effect.
Whether Trump is aware of the lamps’ presence is unknown.