FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents during search for Trump: report

(The Hill) — The FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents during a search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday.

The Journal reviewed a three-page list of items that FBI agents took from the Palm Beach, Florida property on Monday, revealing that they had taken about 20 boxes of items, photo binders, a handwritten note and Trump’s granting of clemency to his former adviser Roger Stone, who was convicted in 2019 of lying to Congress, witnessed tampering and obstruction of official process.

The list refers to a set of documents as “Miscellaneous Classified/TS/CSI Documents”, meaning top secret/sensitive compartmentalized information. It indicates that FBI agents acquired four sets of top-secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents.

The FBI reportedly sought documents containing nuclear weapons information during the search, but it is unclear whether the agency recovered any. The Journal reported that the list did not contain any additional details about the information contained in the classified documents.

NewsNation separately reported that FBI agents found dozens of classified documents during their search of Mar-a-Lago on Monday.

The list reported by the Journal was included in a seven-page document that also includes the search warrant executed by the FBI and mentions information about the “president of France”.

The warrant shows that officers planned to search “office 45” and “all storage rooms and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available for use by [the former president] and its staff and in which boxes or documents might be stored, including any structures or buildings on the estate,” according to the Journal.

The FBI didn’t seem to search the private rooms.

Trump allies have claimed the former president declassified documents he brought to Mar-a-Lago while still in office.

Trump and his allies have attacked the research as politically motivated as Trump eyes another run for the White House in 2024.

Republicans have demanded answers from the Department of Justice (DOJ) about what led to the raid, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has vowed to launch an investigation into the department if Republicans regain control of the House in the November midterm elections.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that the DOJ had filed a motion to request that the search warrant be unsealed given Trump’s public notice of the search and the significant public interest in the situation.

Garland also defended the DOJ and FBI against attacks on its credibility, saying their integrity had been “unfairly attacked.” He said he personally endorsed the research, but did not do so lightly.

A group of news organizations also filed a motion Thursday supporting Garland’s efforts to unseal the warrant and further request that all documents related to the warrant be made public.

The search was conducted on potential violations by Trump of the Presidential Records Act, which requires presidents to turn over documents to government archivists after leaving office.


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