A police car is seen outside former President Donald Trump’s mansion in Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, on August 8, 2022.
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U.S. intelligence agencies have identified potential national security risks to the disclosure of materials discovered during a search of President Donald Trump’s Florida mansion on Aug. 8, according to a letter seen by Reuters. will be evaluated.
Letters Friday from Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Avril Haynes to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and Oversight Committee Chairman Carolyn Maloney were recovered during an investigation by the Justice Department and the DNI. “We are working together to expedite the classification review” of material, including seek.
In a joint statement, Schiff and Maloney said they were pleased the government was “assessing the damage caused by the improper storage of classified documents in Maralago”. Politico earlier reported the letter. .
The Justice Department on Friday said it was investigating Trump for deleting White House records.Trump is among America’s most closely held secrets for intelligence gathering and secret human rights. He believed that he was illegally holding some documents containing the sources.
Haynes said the DNI will also “assess the potential risks to national security arising from the disclosure of relevant documents,” including the seized documents.
The Justice Department released a heavily redacted affidavit on Friday confirming the FBI’s unconventional search of Mar-a-Lago, in which investigators said it would pose a serious threat to national security if made public. They seized 11 sets of classified records, including those labeled “Top Secret”, as documents that could threaten the United States.
An unidentified FBI agent said in an affidavit that after returning 15 boxes of government records sought by President Trump from the U.S. National Archives in January, they were “classified and marked” containing “defense intelligence.” It said it had searched and identified 184 documents. Other records in those boxes had handwritten notes by Trump, according to the affidavit.
Schiff and Maloney said of the Justice Department’s announcement on Friday that it had “a serious finding that documents held at Mar-a-Lago contained documents that could endanger human resources.” It is important that IC quickly assesses and, if necessary, mitigates damage done. ”
The probe will determine whether President Trump illegally deleted and stored documents when he resigned in January 2021 after losing the 2020 election to President Joe Biden, and whether Trump attempted to obstruct the investigation. It was part of a federal investigation into whether
Republican Trump, who is considering rerunning in 2024, said the court-approved raid on the Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach was politically motivated, saying it was a “burglary” again on Friday. rice field.