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FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents in Trump search: report

(The Hill) – The FBI has seized 11 sets of classified documents in 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 stole from the Palm Beach, Fla., property Monday, revealing they included about 20 boxes of items, folders of photos, a handwritten note and Trump’s pardon to his Take away Former counsel Roger Stone, convicted of lying to Congress in 2019, witnessed tampering and obstruction of an official trial.

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

The FBI reportedly searched for documents containing information about nuclear weapons while searching, but it’s unclear if the agency found any. The Journal reported that the list did not include additional details about what information was contained in the classified documents.

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

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

The search warrant shows agents planning to search “Office 45” and “any storeroom and any other room or area within the premises used or available to them.” [the former president] and his staff and where boxes or documents might be kept, including any structure or building on the property,” according to the Journal.

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

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

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

Republicans have reached out to the Department of Justice (DOJ) for answers, leading to the search, and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) vowed to open a Departmental investigation if Republicans gain control of the House regain midterm elections in November.

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

Garland also defended the DOJ and FBI against attacks on their credibility, saying their integrity had been “unfairly attacked.” He said he personally authorized the search but did not take it lightly.

A group of news organizations also filed a motion Thursday to support Garland’s efforts to unseal the warrant and also requested that all documents related to the warrant be released.

The search was conducted over possible violations by Trump of the Presidential Records Act, which requires presidents to turn over documents to state record keepers after leaving office.

https://www.wane.com/top-stories/fbi-recovered-11-sets-of-classified-documents-in-trump-search-report/ FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents in Trump search: report

Tom Vazquez

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