Donald Trump's team obstructed investigation of classified documents, reports federal Justice

Donald Trump’s Team Obstructed Investigation Of Classified Documents, Reports Federal Justice

Washington DC — The Justice Department said Tuesday that it uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of classified documents at the Florida estate of former President Donald Trump, and that “government records were likely concealed and removed” from a warehouse. on the property, even after Trump representatives assured authorities that they had thoroughly searched the place.

The FBI seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified documents during its Aug. 8 raid at Mar-a-Lago and found three classified documents in office drawers, according to a document that offered the most detailed timeline yet of interactions between members of the FBI. Department of Justice and representatives of Trump regarding the discovery of official secrets.

The report filed Tuesday night included a photo showing the covers of several folders, some identified as “TOP SECRET//SCI” with yellow borders and one identified as “TOP SECRET//SCI” with a reddish border, along with pages whose content had been hidden in the image, on a Mar-a-Lago rug. Next to it was a cardboard box of gilt-framed pictures, including a Time magazine cover.

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The report gave further indication of the large number of classified documents recovered in the operation. It showed how investigators in the criminal investigation focused not only on why the files had been improperly kept there, but also on whether the Trump team deliberately misled them about the continued and illegal presence of official secrets.

There were also new details about the events in May and June, when FBI and Justice Department officials made a written claim for the missing documents and visited a Mar-a-Lago warehouse containing classified documents and other information.

During that visit in June, according to the report, Trump’s lawyers told agents that all the files that had been taken from the White House were kept in one place, a warehouse in Mar-a-Lago, and “there was no other files stored in any private office space or elsewhere on the premises and that all available boxes had been searched.”

After that, however, the Justice Department “found evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the warehouse and efforts were likely made to obstruct the government investigation.”

In their search this month, agents found classified documents both in that storage room and in the former president’s office, including three classified documents that were not in boxes but on office desks.

The report responded to a request by Trump’s legal team for a special review of documents seized during the Aug. 8 search at Mar-a-Lago. US District Judge Aileen Cannon was scheduled to hear arguments on the matter.

The former president’s lawyers requested last week that a special expert be appointed to review the seized files and remove documents protected by legal privileges. Cannon said Saturday that his “preliminary intent” was to appoint someone to that task, but he also gave the Justice Department the opportunity to respond.

The department said Monday that it had completed its review of documents that may be subject to legal privilege and identified a “limited batch of materials that may contain information covered by attorney-client confidentiality.”

On the other hand, Trump’s legal team was expanded with the addition of another lawyer. Former Florida Attorney General Chris Kise has joined the team representing the former president, according to two people familiar with the news, who were not authorized to give his name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Kise did not respond to messages seeking comment.

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