TThe Justice Department filed a lengthy response Tuesday night to former President Donald Trump’s latest legal demand for a raid on his home in Mar-a-Lago.
Included in the file is one key attachment that has garnered the most attention: a photograph showing a series of documents strewn across the floor of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago office.
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But what exactly is contained in the documents presented by the Department of Justice, and how can this affect the further consideration of the case against Trump? Below is a breakdown of what can be learned from the blockbuster photo that we still don’t know about, and how some of the key figures in the investigation reacted to the DOJ filing.
The red-bordered folder with the title page “SECRET//SCI” refers to information that is both classified and classified, shared information, with “SCI” being defined by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence as a subset of classified national intelligence data “concerning or derived from intelligence sources, methods, or analytical processes that must be protected within the formal access control systems established by the DNI.”
The cover page had a heading that said the folder “contains confidential information divided into sections up to and including HCS-P/SI/TK.” The “HCS” marker refers to the human intelligence control system, which is designed to protect human sources. “HCS-P” or “HCS-Product” is a special branch of HCS used to protect intelligence information that is distributed to intelligence consumers within the intelligence community. “SI” refers to “special intelligence” and usually refers to communications intelligence, signal intelligence, or electronic intelligence.
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The “TK” marking stands for “talent keyhole”, which usually refers to signal intelligence, imagery intelligence, or measurement and signature intelligence likely obtained from satellites or other aerial intelligence.
The Intelligence Community defines “TK” as “The DNI Security Management System for separating information and activities related to space-based image, signal, measurement, and signature data collection, certain products, processing and operation methods, and the design, acquisition, and operation of reconnaissance satellites.”
It is not clear what exactly the folders actually contain.
The photo also featured five yellow-bordered folders labeled “Top Secret” and marked “SCI”. All of these folders also contain a header stating that the folder “contains sensitive information divided into sections up to and including HCS-P/SI/TK”. Thus, the markings indicate that these documents may also be of the same type of talent information, potentially related to aerial photographs or possible satellite reconnaissance, although what is in the folders is not publicly available.
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The DOJ photo also shows seven entries labeled “SECRET-ORCON-USGOV-NOFORN”. The labels are short for “Confidential – Controlled by Creator – U.S. Government – Not to be Revealed to Foreign Nationals”. The intelligence community states that “intelligence producers are responsible for determining appropriate classification markings for the information they produce and for applying appropriate control markings that comply with DNI dissemination guidelines.”
There are also two records in the photo, marked “SECRET” and “NOFORN” with no other markings.
The photo also includes a US-stamped document marked “Top Secret” and dated May 9, 2018. It appears that most of the folder was edited by the Department of Justice.
The image also shows two other documents with dates. One of the entries “SECRET-ORCON-USGOV-NOFORN”. The labels on it include “White House” and “Restricted Access” and it is dated August 2018. The other is a “confidential” entry, which is also labeled “White House” and “restricted.” It is also dated August 2018. The specific dates for both are unclear, but they appear to have been between the 20th and 29th of the same month.
There is also one “Top Secret” document that is crossed out, and the DOJ also appears to have used shading of the two “secret” entries.
The Department of Justice also framed a copy Time the magazine is in the box in the photo. This was the March 4, 2019 cover titled “The Biggest Field”. No Frontrunner. Split base. Welcome to the 2020 Democratic Party Primary.”
The cover depicts Trump, seated in the Oval Office, who appears to be using his peripheral vision to look over his shoulder as a crowd of Democratic presidential candidates peek through the window behind him. Current President Joe Biden is facing through the glass directly above Trump’s head, current Vice President Kamala Harris is to Biden’s left, and Senator Elizabeth Warren (R-Massachusetts) is to Biden’s right. Other failed challengers are also represented, such as Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT).
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Repulse by Trump and his allies
Trump and his allies condemned the Justice Department’s statement, including the inclusion of the photo.
“It’s appalling how the FBI, during the Mar-a-Lago raid, randomly scattered documents all over the floor (probably pretending to be me!) and then started taking photos of them for everyone to see,” Trump said on his Truth account. Social Wednesday morning. “Thought they wanted them to keep it a secret? Fortunately, I declassified!”
Trump claimed that throughout his presidency, he had a “standing order” that “documents removed from the Oval Office and brought to the residence are considered declassified at the moment he removed them.”
Department of Justice Explanation
The Justice Department said on Tuesday that it seized 33 boxes, containers and other “evidence” at Mar-a-Lago on August 8, saying it included “more than 100 classified records, including information classified at the highest levels.” The statement said: “Three secret documents were also seized, which were not in boxes, but were on tables in the 45 Office.
“Of the material evidence seized, thirteen boxes or containers contained classified documents, and in total more than a hundred unique classified documents, that is, more than twice as many as were produced on June 3, 2022 by the decision of the grand jury. the agenda has been withdrawn,” the Ministry of Justice said. “Some documents had colored title pages indicating their classification status.”
The prosecutor then pointed to “Exhibit F,” a photograph of records and secret cover sheets allegedly found in a container in “Office 45” at Trump’s Florida resort home.
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“Classification levels ranged from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET, and some documents included additional classified sections, meaning very limited distribution,” the Justice Department said of the wide range of records seized at Mar-a-Lago. “In some cases, even the FBI counterintelligence officers and the DOJ lawyers who conducted the review required additional permissions before they were allowed to view certain documents.”
The US Attorney argued that “despite [the Trump] representation by counsel dated June 3, 2022 that materials from the White House were only in the Vault, classified documents were found both in the Vault and in the office of the former president.