According to reports, the FBI agents who executed a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this week were on the hunt for classified nuclear documents, among other things.
The report highlighted the potential danger of such classified information falling into the wrong hands, but the specifics of those documents and whether or not any were recovered remain unknown.
The Trump team did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
However, Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed on Thursday that he personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant as a last resort in their investigation, despite the Department of Justice’s stated intention not to publicize the investigation out of respect for Trump’s right to privacy.
According to him, the Department of Justice has filed a motion in a Florida court to unseal the search warrant and property receipt because of Trump’s very public statement in response to the search.
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The motion states, “the public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing.” This is according to The Post. However, the former president should be given a chance to respond to the motion and raise any concerns he may have, such as the potential for harm to his privacy or other interests.
At the time Garland made his remarks, the Wall Street Journal and Newsweek had both reported that an informant was responsible for starting the investigation.
In early June, the FBI and a senior Justice Department national security supervisor reportedly visited Mar-a-Lago in regards to boxes of classified documents sitting in the property’s basement, and officials subsequently followed up with Trump’s lawyer, instructing them to install a stronger lock on the storage room door.
It was reported that Trump had assured officials that he had no more classified materials, but “someone familiar with the stored papers told investigators there may be still more classified documents at the private club.”
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The Journal reported on June 22 that a new development in the investigation was that the Trump Organization “received a subpoena for surveillance footage from cameras at Mar-a-Lago” (footage it said was ultimately turned over).
Agents returned to the exclusive Palm Beach club two months after their initial visit, this time armed with a search warrant.
Trump was in New York City’s Trump Tower on Monday as the FBI conducted its search of the property, which reportedly focused on Trump’s office and personal quarters.
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