FBI Mar-a-Lago list shows classified mixed with unclassified, empty folders


Former President Donald Trump mixed classified and unclassified materials in boxes at his Florida residence and had multiple empty folders that bore a “classification” mark, according to an inventory list released Friday morning that details this in more detail. that FBI agents recovered when they raided Mar -a-Lago last month.

A federal judge, with the approval of Trump’s legal team and lawyers from the Department of Justice, ordered Thursday that the inventory list be open. The 11-page document provides the most detailed insight to date of the government material Trump kept with him in Florida after leaving the White House and the seemingly random way he kept it.

Previously released court documents had revealed that Trump had 11 sets of confidential documents, including some marked as “top secret,” meaning their exposure could pose an “exceptionally serious threat” to national security. The more detailed inventory provides more information on how these sensitive documents were stored, often mixed with other items in some of the 27 boxes seized by the FBI on August 8.

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Box no. 25, for example, contains 76 journals and articles published in 2016 and 2017. Mixed with those media clippings was a government document with a “confidential” classification mark and another with a “secret” classification mark, according to inventory list.

The box also contained 20 government documents and unclassified photographs, the court filing said. And there was an empty folder with a “RANK” banner. It is unclear whether Trump and his collaborators took the folder from the White House without any documents or if the documents were in the folder but were subsequently removed.

In box no. 2, for example, taken from Trump’s office, were 43 blank folders with classified banners; 28 blank folders labeled “Return to the Staff Secretary / Military Adjutant”; 24 government documents marked as confidential, secret or top secret; 99 news articles and other printed media; and 69 government documents or photos that were not classified.

Analysis: Photo of classified documents at Trump’s resort in Mar-a-Lago, annotated

A notice filed with the inventory states that the Justice Department has already reviewed every item seized from Trump that is not potentially covered by the attorney-client privilege. He says the evaluation of the items will continue as part of an ongoing criminal investigation into how the presidential documents were handled.

“The seized materials will continue to be used to further government investigations, and the investigation team will continue to use and evaluate the seized materials as it undertakes further investigative steps, such as through additional witness interviews and grand jury practices,” the court filing law.

“In addition, all evidence relating to the seized items, including but not limited to the nature and manner in which they were filed, as well as any evidence relating to particular documents or items of interest, will inform government investigations.”

This is an evolving story. It will be updated.

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