'Top secret' files discovered in Donald Trump's residence

“Top Secret” Files Discovered in Donald Trump”s Residence

Former US President Donald Trump

A judge has released new details about items seized during a search of ex-President Donald Trump's Florida residence last month. The inventory released Friday reveals that FBI agents discovered files deemed “top secret”, empty folders marked “classified” and more than 10,000 documents with no markings or classifications.

< p class="e-p">Although the inventory released by Judge Aileen Cannon does not describe any of the documents, it does show the extent to which classified information – including top-secret level documents – was kept in boxes at Mar-a-Lago mixed with newspapers, magazines, clothing and other personal items.

The U.S. Department of Justice said there was no no safe space at Mar-a-Lago for such sensitive government secrets.

According to the United States Department of Justice, investigators recovered 33 boxes and containers from an office and storage room at his Mar-a-Lago home on August 8.

A total of 18 files marked “top secret” were found. This is the highest level of classification of official records in the United States.

Also, 28 files with the notation “classified” or an indication that they should to be returned were also found by FBI agents.

Forty-three empty binders, but marked “classified”, were also in boxes. It is unknown, however, what was in these filing cabinets and why they are empty.

The residence of former US President Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida

Last February, Donald Trump's teams handed over 15 boxes of documents he had taken when he left the White House to the national archives agency, responsible for recording presidential activities for history. .

It was after examining these boxes that the FBI, convinced that the former president kept other classified documents in Florida, decided to conduct a search of his 58-room residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, where nearly 200 classified documents were recovered.

Some of these documents bore the sign HCS, which, in the language of the American intelligence community, designates information provided by human sources, informants and other undercover agents also revealed the pleading published Wednesday by the Department of Justice.

According to the document, investigators had several reasons to believe that Donald Trump had hidden and taken with him these top secret documents for the explicit purpose of obstructing the investigation of which he is the subject.

On Wednesday, former President Trump reacted on his Truth Social platform by declaring that American justice should never have authorized this break-in at his residence , accusing the FBI of having staged this seizure of documents at his home. Documents he claims to have had declassified before taking them home.

The Republican, who flirts with the idea of ​​running for the 2024 presidential election, has been denouncing a witch hunt against him for months by the administration of Joe Biden.

The Department of Justice claims for its part to have published the pleading which led to the search at the ;former president to correct the incomplete and inaccurate narrative presented in Donald Trump's statements.

With information from The Associated Press, and Reuters

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