Senate Intelligence Committee leaders demand classified documents taken from Mar-a-Lago


The senses. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, respectively, sent a private letter to senior intelligence officials and the Justice Department asking for more unprecedented FBI search information last week at Mar-a-Lago.

The letter, sent Sunday to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Attorney General Merrick Garland, specifically requests the classified documents that were seized and an analysis of any national security threats posed by the mishandling of the information.

The request comes after it was revealed that 11 sets of classified information were seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort, including confidential, secret and top secret documents.

The letter, first reported by Axios, also seeks to get to the heart of the rationale for the research, which Garland said he personally endorsed.

“The Senate Intelligence Committee is responsible for overseeing counterintelligence matters, including the handling and mishandling of classified information, which appears to be at the heart of Mar a Lago’s research,” said Rachel Cohen, gatekeeper. word of Warner, who confirmed the letter and its contents but would not share it.

Senator Mark Warner and Vice President Senator Marco Rubio listen to testimony from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haines during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing, March 10, 2022, in Washington, DC.

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Warner and Rubio’s letter is the first bipartisan communication from Congress asking for more information about the research. Other House committees have asked for information about the fuel behind the search and what was found, though those calls were led by Democrats.

Reps. Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the chairs of the House Oversight and Intelligence Committees, respectively, sent a letter over the weekend asking Haines to proceed with a damage assessment on the classified information recovered from Mar-à-Lago.

“In his remarks, Attorney General Garland asserted that there was a substantial public interest in executing an unprecedented search warrant against President Trump. As such, the Intelligence Committee directed the Department of Justice to share with us, on a classified basis, the specific intelligence documents seized at Mar-a-Lago,” Rubio said through a spokesperson.

Rubio also sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a meeting to discuss the search.

The search of Trump’s Florida residence sparked both a backlash from Republican allies over claims the probe is a political effort and concerns over the handling of classified information found at Mar-a -Lago, which included Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) material, a classification of materials that sometimes involves nuclear secrets.

SCI material is also intended to be handled only in secure locations.

Trump offered a series of explanations for the search, including saying that evidence had been filed, that he had declassified the documents before leaving the White House, and that the documents obtained by the FBI were protected by lawyer-privileges. client and executive.

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