WSJ: The FBI took 11 sets of classified docs from Mar-a-Lago, some of which were at the highest classification level


The newspaper reported that FBI agents removed about 20 boxes — including binders, sets of classified government material, photographs and at least one handwritten note — from former President Donald Trump’s resort and residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

Federal agents allegedly confiscated a set of “Top Secret/SCI” documents, the highest level of classification. The Journal reported that the agents took four sets of “top secret” documents, three sets of “secret” documents and three sets of “confidential” documents, the lowest level of classification.

It is not known what these classified documents were specifically about.

Among the items taken from Trump’s resort was a document about the pardoning of Roger Stone, a staunch Trump ally. convicted in 2019 Accused of lying to Congress during an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. (Trump pardoned Stone before leaving office, shielding stone from one jail term of three years,
It is not clear how the documents relating to the stone seized during the search are linked to a wider criminal investigation into possible mishandling of classified materials by Trump.

During the search, FBI agents also recovered a document about the “President of France,” the WSJ reported, which did not provide other details about the document.

On Monday, after the FBI searched the resort in Palm Beach, Florida, the Justice Department remained silent for several days, as is the department’s usual practice for the ongoing investigation.

Then on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the department had moved to remove the search warrant and two attachments, including an inventory list, but also stressed that some of the department’s work should be out of public view.

“We do this to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans and to protect the integrity of our investigation,” Garland said, explaining that he would not provide further details about the basis of the finding.

Trump said in a post on his Truth social platform late Thursday that he “won’t oppose the release of the documents,” adding: “I’m going a step further by encouraging the immediate release of those documents.” ”

The court had directed the Justice Department to provide Trump about his request to remove warrant documents from the FBI search and to tell the court by 3 p.m. ET Friday whether it opposes his release.

Trump’s team had contacted outside lawyers about how to proceed, and the presidency’s classroom was closed prior to Garland’s announcement.

In a pair of posts to Truth Social following Garland’s statement, Trump continued to claim that his lawyers were “cooperating fully” and “very much” with federal investigators prior to Monday’s search at Mar-a-Lago. good relations” were developed.

“We could have what the government wanted,” Trump said. “Everything was fine, better than the previous presidents, and then, out of nowhere and without warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 in the morning, by a very large number of agents, and Even ‘Safe Fireworks.'”

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