The FBI searched Donald Trump’s Florida house and found top-secret documents.
This comes as the US Justice Department asserts it has discovered attempts to obstruct their investigation into the discovery classified documents at the Mar-a-Lago estate of the former president.
In a court filing, the image showed the cover pages of classified papers with paper-clip binding. Some of these documents are marked “top secret//sci” and have bright yellow borders.
One of the pages can be identified as “secret//sci”, with a rust-coloured border and blank pages.
A cardboard box was placed next to them, containing gold-framed photos. This included a Time Magazine cover that features Mr Donald and a few other world leaders.
According to the department, “government records were likely hidden or removed” from a storage area even though Mr Trump’s representatives told officials that they had thoroughly searched the property.
The FBI executed an estate raid on August in part of an investigation into Mr Trump’s use of classified records.
Officers found 33 boxes with more than 100 classified documents during the search. They also discovered three confidential documents in office drawers.
The criminal investigation focused on the reasons the records were kept at the estate and whether Trump’s team deliberately misled them about the illegal presence of government secrets.
Search for storage room
This document provides new information about the events that took place in May and June of last year. FBI and Justice Department officials issued a subpoena to search for missing records. They then visited the storage room on the property.
The filing states that Mr Trump’s lawyers informed investigators that all records that had been received from the White House were kept at the storage room during his June visit.
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They stated that no records were stored in private offices or any other locations on the premises, and that all boxes had been searched.
The justice department stated that it had now “developed evidence” that government records were likely hidden and removed from the storage area and that attempts were likely made to obstruct the investigation.
Request for special master
The legal team of Donald Trump has asked for a special master who will review the files. A US District Judge is set to hear arguments in the matter shortly.
Lawyers requested that the appointment be made to ensure that someone is responsible for reviewing the documents and removing any protected by legal privilege claims.
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Although the judge stated that it was her “preliminary intention” to appoint such an individual, she also provided the Department of Justice with the opportunity to respond.
The department stated Monday that it had reviewed the files but only identified “limited” materials that could contain privileged information.