Reports indicate that the FBI requested “special access” documents from former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate this week. This classification level is higher than “top secret.”
According to the reports, the classified information that Trump allegedly took to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, after leaving the White House last year was so sensitive that the government wanted to seize it immediately.
The FBI agents who raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home reportedly looked for evidence of nuclear weapons.
According to Thursday’s report in the Washington Post, the documents the FBI sought in order to justify the raid on Trump’s home appear to have been related to nuclear weapons. It’s not clear if the agency came across any nuclear files.
Due to the sensitive nature of the material, it is unlikely that details about the specific documents Trump kept in Florida will be revealed in the inventory of items taken from Mar-a-Lago provided to his team after the raid.
According to ABC News’ report, federal investigators have questioned current and former members of the former president’s staff about the documents stored by the former president at Mar-a-Lago.
According to reports, Trump was served with a subpoena in the spring in an attempt to locate documents that he had failed to turn over in January, when 15 boxes of White House records were delivered to the National Archives. According to the New York Times, archivists found a few pages of classified material among the boxes of documents and notified the Justice Department of their discovery, leading officials to believe that more classified material remained at Mar-a-Lago.
Read more from the Washington Examiner here: Thursday on Fox News, Trump’s attorney Christina Bobb cast doubt on whether or not there were documents related to nuclear weapons at Mar-a-Lago, but she could not say for certain. “The president and I have not had a detailed conversation about the possible presence of nuclear materials. I do not believe there were any in there,” she said.
Trump has claimed that the raid was politically motivated and has demanded that the DOJ make public the warrant documents used in the investigation. On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he, personally, had given the FBI permission to apply for a search warrant. The Justice Department, he added, had asked a federal judge for permission to unseal the search warrant that had given the FBI permission to conduct the raid.
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Written by: Victor I. Nava
It all started at Mar-a-Lago, where the DOJ requested “special access,” or “highly classified,” files. Report
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