Thursday, December 01, 2022

Stop FBI investigation, secret documents hidden in Trump’s house

Florida: The case of keeping confidential documents by former US President Donald Trump continues. The Mar-a-Lago search warrant was based on suspected violations of the US Espionage Act related to illegal storage of sensitive defense documents, suspicion of obstruction and illegal destruction of government documents.

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) said in an explosive new court filing, “Secret documents found at Donald Trump’s Florida home may have been withheld to obstruct the FBI’s investigation of possible mishandling of classified material by the former president.” Is.” AFP, Thursday 1 September 2022.

The filing, released late Tuesday, provides the most detailed account of a year-and-a-half effort to recover hundreds of classified documents that were improperly brought to Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate when he stepped down in January 2021. Had given.

The obstacle’s claim adds further legal pressure on the former Republican president – who denies all wrongdoing and condemned the unprecedented FBI attack on his mansion as part of a “witch hunt” this month.

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The August 8 attacks were sparked by a review of “highly classified” records that Trump finally turned officials to in January of this year – after months of back and forth with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The Ministry of Justice launched an investigation into the matter after 15 boxes containing national defense information were found, a government affidavit showed, marking 184 documents as classified, classified or highly classified.

After being requested by the FBI, Trump’s attorneys will eventually submit 38 additional classified documents — and provide “oath certification” that they represent the final material.

But it didn’t stop there: The FBI continued to uncover “multiple sources of evidence,” suggesting that classified documents remained at Mar-a-Lago.

“When agents performed a court-ordered search, they found the material to be so sensitive that even FBI counterintelligence personnel and DOJ (Department of Justice) attorneys were allowed to review some of the documents before additional Clearance was required,” the probe said.

Surprisingly, the files contained color-coded photographs of documents scattered on the carpet, marked “SECRET” and “TOP SECRET”.

Now, as the filing explains, prosecutors are trying to determine whether Trump or anyone in his immediate class acted criminally to prevent federal agents from retrieving classified documents.

“It cites evidence that government records may have been hidden and removed from the storage room (in Trump’s property) and attempts may have been made to obstruct a government investigation,” the filing said.

Trump responded by releasing the photo in a post on his Truth social network.

He wrote, “The way the FBI casually threw documents on the floor during the Mar-a-Lago attacks (probably to pretend I did!), and then began taking pictures of them for the public to see. Well, it’s terrifying.”

During the raid, Tuesday’s filing said agents found more than 100 documents with classification markings – bringing the total number of classified documents recovered from the former president to more than 300.

Trump, who is weighing in on another White House election in 2024, accused the Justice Department under Democratic President Joe Biden of retaliating against him, and said the judge “shouldn’t allow my house to be broken into.” “

The former president has taken legal action, seeking the appointment of an independent party, or “special master”, to investigate confiscated files for material protected by private rights.

The government argued that naming a special master, potentially blocking investigators’ access to confiscated documents, “would significantly harm important government interests, including national security interests.”

The Justice Department further explained that it had provided a detailed background of the escalation of the attacks in an attempt to “correct an incomplete and incorrect narrative” set out by Trump’s lawyers.

Trump has until 8:00 p.m. to submit a response, with his primary request scheduled for a court hearing on Thursday.

The Mar-a-Lago search warrant, which was personally approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, was based on suspicion of violations of the US Espionage Act related to the illegal storage of sensitive defense documents. This was done on suspicion of obstruction, and illegal destruction of government documents.

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said the actions outlined in the report were “extremely reckless” and showed “deliberate” deceit.

In addition to investigations into his business practices in New York, Trump faced legal scrutiny over his attempts to reverse the 2020 election results, and the January 6, 2021 attacks on the US Capitol by his supporters.

Trump was impeached for the second time in a historic second by the House of Representatives after the Capitol riots – he was accused of inciting rebellion – but the trial was dismissed by the Senate.

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