A lawyer for former President Donald Trump has shared a startling explanation of what Trump was doing at his Mar-a-Lago resort with a folder marked «classified» that was recently turned over to federal investigators.

The attorney, Tim Parlatore, was asked in a CNN interview Sunday about what he said was an empty folder labeled «classified nightly summary» that was turned over to investigators. Parlatore described the folder as «one of the funniest aspects of all of this.»

The folder was in Trump’s bedroom at his property in Palm Beach, Florida, and he was using it to get a better night’s sleep, Parlatore said.

“He has one of those landlines next to his bed, it has a blue light and it keeps him up at night,” Parlatore said. «So he took the manila folder and put it on top of her so she kept the light down so she could sleep at night.»

Despite being labeled with the words «classified nightly roundup,» the folder had no classified markings and was empty, Parlatore said.

«It’s not a classification mark,» he said. «It’s nothing that’s controlled in any way. There’s nothing illegal about it. There’s nothing to it.»

But the Justice Department «went crazy» when it found out, he said.

«In fact, they gave me a subpoena to say give us this empty folder that means nothing,» he continued.

Asked how investigators found out about Trump’s bedside folder, Parlatore said Trump’s legal team wrote reports about where he searched for classified documents and shared the information with investigators.

“And when they read that, and they saw, oh, there’s this folder here that’s so outside the scope of the subpoena or anything else, they demanded that it be returned to them,” Parlatore said.

«So now the president has to find a different way to keep the blue light out of his eyes.»

Trump’s legal team voluntarily turned over the folder, which it said was found in Mar-a-Lago, to the Justice Department last month, a senior law enforcement official said last week.

It is not clear what level of classification markings were on the folder or what it might have contained.

The Justice Department has continued its efforts to recover classified Trump documents after FBI agents searched his Florida residence with a warrant last year. Agents found more than 100 documents with classification marks after Trump’s lawyers said he had returned all of the documents with classification marks from the White House, Justice Department officials said in court documents in August. Two more documents with classified markings were found at a storage facility not far from Mar-a-Lago in December and turned over to the FBI.

A «small number» of classified documents were also found at the Indiana home of former Vice President Mike Pence last month, according to his attorney. The FBI discovered an additional classified document at Pence’s Indiana home during a voluntary five-hour search on Friday.

Classified Obama-era documents were found at the Delaware home of President Joe Biden and in an office at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C.