- FBI issues security bulletin after armed assailant tries to break into Cincinnati office.
- Although he revealed that 11 sets of documents were seized, the contents of the documents remain sealed.
- Congressional committees seek information about the research and its rationale.
WASHINGTON — The FBI has tightened security at its offices across the country in the wake of growing threats to federal law enforcement agents following the search of former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, according to two sources close to the activity.
The defensive action comes as the bureau and the Department of Homeland Security issued a weekend bulletin expressing concern about an extraordinarily volatile environment. He cited the attempted breach of the FBI office in Cincinnati last week by an attacker who allegedly posted provocative messages on Truth Social, the social media site founded by Trump.
The warnings came a day after the FBI seized 11 sets of documents during a search in Mar-a-Lago on August 8. The search represented an unprecedented criminal investigation into a former president.
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What was entered during the search?
Although the Justice Department released the search warrant for Donald Trump’s Florida resort, details remained unclear on Monday about what federal authorities seized in the unprecedented criminal investigation of a former president.
The search warrant released on Friday said “secret” and “top secret” documents were among 11 sets of documents removed from the Mar-a-Lago. The warrant said Trump was under investigation for potential improper deletion of classified documents, obstruction of justice and violations of the Espionage Act.
But the ministry did not specify what kinds of documents were found. Although Trump denounced the raid and supported the publication of the search warrant, he also did not say what was taken.
The search came at a time when Trump and his associates are under scrutiny from the FBI, Justice Department, Internal Revenue Service and other agencies.
Two days after the Mar-a-Lago raid, Trump asserted his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in a deposition related to a separate civil fraud investigation into the finances of the Trump Organization led by the New York Attorney General Letitia James.
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Congress has questions about research
Congressional committees want to know more about the research and what was found.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said the search warrant revealed “a serious risk” of leaking national secrets.
“This is one of the highest designations in terms of the extremely serious damage to national security that could be caused if disclosed,” Schiff told “Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan” on CBS Sunday. “So the fact that they were in an unsecured location that is only guarded with a padlock or the security that they had in a hotel is deeply alarming.”
Schiff and the head of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Rep. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., requested a damage assessment from the Director of National Intelligence.
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GOP calls for rationale for research
Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., a former FBI agent and federal prosecutor, wants to learn more about what warranted the search from the affidavit submitted to substantiate probable cause for the search, which remains sealed.
“It was an unprecedented action that must be backed by unprecedented justification,” Fitzpatrick told ‘Face the Nation’. “This has never happened before in the history of our country.”
Sen. Mike Rounds, R.D., on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said the Justice Department needed to state its case to “show it wasn’t just a fishing expedition.” .
Why did Trump keep the documents?
Another open question is why Trump kept the documents in the first place.
The Presidential Records Act states that all presidential records must be retained, both for current reference and for historical records. Documents are supposed to be preserved even if they have not been classified.
But the National Archives and Records Administration, which traditionally stores presidential documents, discovered boxes of missing documents earlier.
The agency in January obtained 15 boxes of presidential files that the former president had kept at his Mar-a-Lago club, including correspondence with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that Trump called “letters of ‘love’, as well as a letter from the former president. Barack Obama left before Trump’s inauguration.
Trump advisers denied “any nefarious intent” and told the Washington Post the boxes contained “souvenirs, gifts, letters from world leaders and other correspondence.”