A court document that was made public on Saturday has revealed that during a raid at Donald Trump’s Florida home last month, FBI agents discovered several empty documents that were tagged as classified.
The document which was made accessible to the public by a Florida court gives a breakdown of what is within the 33 boxes that were retrieved from the former president’s Mar-a-Lago residence.
Additionally, it reveals that top-secret documents were found in his home office.
Mr. Trump, who is currently under scrutiny for handling secret documents, says he did nothing wrong.
The document that was released on Friday revealed that dozens of files were realized in Mr. Trump’s office, contrary to earlier court papers that indicated the ex-president had classified records in storage facilities at Mar-a-Lago.
The following documents were allegedly found in that room during the historic search on August 8:
3 documents marked confidential, 17 documents marked secret; 7 documents marked top secret; 43 empty folders with classified banners; 28 empty folders labeled “Return to staff secretary/military aide”
According to investigators, the FBI was able to recover more than 11,000 official documents from the Palm Beach estate.
The National Archives must receive all letters from US presidents. Following his departure from office in January 2021, the justice department is investigating whether Mr. Trump unlawfully mishandled records by moving them from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort.
According to the prosecutors, Mr. Trump and his attorneys refused to voluntarily turn over necessary documentation and “likely concealed or removed” evidence in an effort to thwart the probe.
These allegations have been refuted by Mr. Trump, who claimed he already declassified the materials at his disposal. He too has claimed that the documents were safely stored in a room at Mar-a-Lago.
However, according to the inventory that was released on Friday, FBI agents also removed blank files marked with a classified label and around 1,500 papers from his office.
The court document also supports earlier claims that several records were jumbled with personal items like clothing, books, and newspapers.
Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich claimed that the declassified document indicated that the government’s efforts were “a SMASH AND GRAB” rather than “some surgical, confined search and retrieval.”
Some week prior Donald Trump’s residence was raided by FBI agents on charges that government files were mishandled – this case has been lingering for some time now and people were eager to know the outcome of it.