Publication of a more detailed research inventory of Mar-a-Lago

Along with highly classified government documents, FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida found dozens of empty folders marked classified but with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been. found there, according to a more detailed inventory of the seized material made public Friday. Officers also found more than 10,000 other government documents kept by Trump without marked classification. contents of 33 boxes and containers from Trump’s office and a storage room in Mar-a-Lago during the August 8 search. Although the inventory does not describe the contents of the documents, it does show the extent to which classified information – including documents at the top secret level – was hidden in boxes at home and mixed with newspapers, magazines, clothing and other personal items. Read the full inventory list here. And the empty files raise questions about whether the government has recovered all of the classified documents Trump kept after he left the White House. The inventory clearly shows for the first time the volume of unclassified government documents at home even though presidential files were to be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration. The Archives had tried unsuccessfully for months to get Trump back, then contacted the FBI after locating classified information in a batch of 15 boxes received in January. The Justice Department has said there is no safe space at Mar-a-Lago for sensitive government secrets, and has opened a criminal investigation focused on their retention there and what it says be efforts in recent months to obstruct the investigation. It also investigates potential violations of a law that criminalizes the mutilation or concealment of government records, classified or unclassified. Trump’s attorneys did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Friday. Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich claimed the FBI search was a ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ – although the Justice Department was granted court permission to search specific areas of the home. The inventory was released as the Justice Department begins its criminal investigation, as intelligence agencies assess any national security risk caused by the mishandling of classified information and, as a judge, assesses whether it agrees to appoint a special master – essentially an outside legal expert – to examine the files. The inventory had been filed earlier under seal, but the Justice Department had said that given the “extraordinary circumstances” it had no objection to it being made public. Trump himself has already requested the disclosure of documents related to the search. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon said Thursday she planned to unseal the inventory and did so on Friday. All told, the inventory shows the FBI seized more than 100 documents with classification marks in August, including 18 marked top secret, 54 secret and 31 confidential. The FBI had identified 184 documents marked as classified in 15 boxes recovered by the Archives in January and received additional classified documents in a single Redweld envelope during a June visit to Mar-a-Lago. The Justice Department said it searched the property in August after developing evidence that documents were likely “concealed and removed” from the storage room as part of an effort to obstruct its investigation. Court documents did not explain why Trump kept the documents classified and why he and his representatives did not return them upon request. Inventory shows 48 empty folders with classified banners were taken either from the storage room or office, along with additional empty folders labeled as “Return to Secretary of Staff” or Military Aid . inventory list what might have happened to any of the documents that were apparently inside. Separately on Friday, the Justice Department said in a court filing that it had reviewed documents seized in the recent search and segregated those bearing classified marks to ensure they were stored according to protocol and law. appropriate procedure. continue to use and evaluate seized materials as it takes additional investigative steps, such as additional witness interviews and grand jury practice,” the department said. He added that “additional evidence regarding the items seized”, including how they were stored, “will inform the government’s investigation.”

Along with highly classified government documents, FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida found dozens of empty folders marked classified but with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been. found there, according to a more detailed inventory of the seized material made public on Friday.

Officers also found more than 10,000 other government documents held by Trump without marked classification.

The inventory compiled by the Justice Department reveals in broad terms the contents of 33 boxes and containers taken from Trump’s office and storage room at Mar-a-Lago during the August 8 search. Although the inventory does not describe the contents of the documents, it does show the extent to which classified information – including documents at the top secret level – was hidden in boxes at home and mixed with newspapers, magazines, clothing and other personal items.

Read the full inventory list here.

And the empty files raise questions about whether the government has recovered all of the classified documents Trump kept after he left the White House.

The inventory highlights for the first time the volume of unclassified government records at home, even though presidential records were to be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration. The Archives had tried unsuccessfully for months to get them back from Trump, then contacted the FBI after locating classified information in a batch of 15 boxes received in January.

The Department of Justice said there was no safe space at Mar-a-Lago for sensitive government secrets, and opened a criminal investigation focused on keeping them there and what it was. said there have been efforts in recent months to obstruct the investigation. It also investigates potential violations of a law that criminalizes the mutilation or concealment of government records, classified or unclassified.

Trump’s attorneys did not immediately return an email seeking comment on Friday. Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich claimed the FBI search was a ‘SMASH AND GRAB’ – although the Justice Department was granted court permission to search specific areas of the home.

The inventory was released as the Justice Department begins its criminal investigation, as intelligence agencies assess any national security risk caused by the mishandling of classified information and a judge assesses whether to to appoint a special master – essentially an outside legal expert – to review the records.

The inventory had been filed under seal earlier, but the Justice Department had said that given the “extraordinary circumstances” it had no objection to making it public. Trump himself has already requested the disclosure of documents related to the search. U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon said Thursday she planned to unseal the inventory and did so on Friday.

In total, the inventory shows the FBI seized more than 100 documents with classification marks in August, including 18 marked top secret, 54 secret and 31 confidential. The FBI had identified 184 documents marked as classified in 15 boxes recovered by the Archives in January and received additional classified documents in a single Redweld envelope during a June visit to Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department said it searched the property in August after developing evidence that documents were likely ‘hidden and removed’ from the storage room in an effort to hamper its investigation .

Court documents did not explain why Trump kept the documents classified and why he and his representatives did not return them upon request.

Inventory shows that 48 empty folders with classified banners were taken from either the storage room or the office, along with other empty folders labeled “Return to Secretary of Staff” or military aid.

It is unclear from the inventory list what might have happened to any of the documents that were apparently inside.

Separately on Friday, the Justice Department said in a court filing that it reviewed records seized in the recent search and segregated those bearing classified marks to ensure they were stored according to protocol and law. appropriate procedure.

“The seized materials will continue to be used to further the government’s investigation, and the investigation team will continue to use and evaluate the seized materials as they take further investigative steps. investigation, such as additional witness interviews and grand jury practice,” the department said. .

He added that “additional evidence regarding the items seized”, including how they were stored, “will inform the government’s investigation”.