The FBI raided at Donald Trump's residence and seized boxes of confidential documents that the former president had not returned after leaving the White House.
US justice released a court document on Friday setting out the reasons for the recent federal police (FBI) search of the Florida home of former President Donald Trump, but the content largely redacted in the interest of the public. #x27;investigation
Federal Judge Bruce Reinhart had ordered the Department of Justice to make public this key document, supposed to detail the reasons which led to the investigation of Donald Trump, citing the #x27;public interest in the unprecedented search of the home of a former US president.
But the magistrate had accepted the ministry's request to redact important parts of the document – which could have revealed the identity of certain actors in the case – in the name of a pressing need to protect the investigations.
Authorities waited until the last minute, releasing the 38-page document shortly after 4 p.m. GMT, the deadline set by Judge Reinhart.
< p class="e-p">They had opposed the publication of said document, arguing that it would require such extensive redaction that the rest of the leaked text would be devoid of any significant content.
The August 8, the FBI raided Donald Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, boxes of confidential documents that the Republican had not returned after leaving the White House, despite multiple requests.
The document released Friday indicates that the investigations began on February 9, 2022, when the National Archives Agency (NARA) informed the Department of Justice that it had received 15 boxes of documents, including some top secret, from of Donald Trump's team.
The federal police then opened an investigation aimed at determining, among other things, how the classified documents had left the White House […] and had been stored in the Mar-a-Lago club.
The ex-real estate tycoon reassured on his Truth Social network on Friday, ahead of the release of the court documents, that political amateurs and thugs have no […] to storm Mar-a-Lago and steal anything that came within their reach.
We live in a lawless country, had -he indignantly.
On Monday, the former US president called for an independent expert to be appointed to review the documents seized by the FBI and determine which ones they could keep confidential to shield them from investigation.
The list of items seized by the FBI, already made public, mentions many documents classified as top secret, but does not detail what subjects they deal with.
Investigators suspect the Republican of having violated an American law on espionage which very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assured that these documents had been declassified.
Donald Trump, who flirts with the idea of a candidacy for the presidential election of 2024, castigated this search and the witch hunt of which he claims to be a victim.
The former Republican president is also under investigation into his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and his role in storming of the Capitol, January 6, 2021, by his supporters.