A former FBI intelligence official facing similar charges to former President Donald Trump’s was handed a prison term of nearly four years.
Kendra Kingsbury, 50, of Garden City, Kansas, was sentenced to three years and 10 months in federal prison without parole by Judge Stephen R. Bough.
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Former FBI agent Kendra Kingsbury pleaded guilty to two counts of unlawfully retaining documents related to the national defense and was sentenced to 46 months in prison. According to The Daily Wire, the two counts against Kingsbury carried the possibility of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Kendra Kingsbury worked for different squads in the Kansas City Division of the FBI between 2004-2017, and kept 386 classified documents at various locations throughout her home. https://t.co/c2ILugvZcp
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Kingsbury, 50, was accused of keeping classified documents in her home and bathrooms. The 50-year-old was charged in May 2021.
During sentencing, U.S. District Court Judge Stephen R. Bough told Kingsbury that he could not understand why the former agent would jeopardize national security by leaving sensitive documents in her bathtub.
Prosecutors claimed that investigations into Kingsbury’s handling of sensitive documents raised more questions than answers. Investigators reviewed Kingsbury’s telephone records and found that she contacted individuals who are subjects of counterterrorism investigations.
“Investigators have not been able to determine why Kingsbury contacted these individuals, or why these individuals contacted her,” the DOJ added. “Kingsbury declined to provide the government with any further information.”
Kingsbury charges of violating 18 U.S.C. § 793(e), Willful Retention of National Defense Information, are the exact federal charges brought against President Trump.
The federal indictment of Donald Trump includes photos of documents that were stored at Mar-a-Lago in various, sometimes haphazard, ways. This image from April 2021 shows boxes that were moved from the business center in the club to a bathroom and shower. https://t.co/hbW0MM1FCq pic.twitter.com/O4CiA64JzH
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The Justice Department, in an unprecedented move, charged Trump with 31 counts of allegedly violating 18 U.S.C. § 793(e). Just as Kingsbury was, Trump is also accused of storing some of the documents in his bathroom.
The former president is also facing additional charges after the DOJ accused him of lying to investigators and trying to obstruct the investigation. Trump was arraigned before a Florida court last week, where he pleaded Not guilty to all the charges.
Trump faces decades in prison if convicted of all the charges.