Former US President Donald Trump had 25 top secret files, 184 classified documents and 67 sensitive materials that could compromise “human intelligence” on his property in Florida.
On Thursday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released a heavily redacted written affidavit. It outlines the US government’s justification ahead of the August raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, according to the Daily Mail. It included an accurate count of the amount of classified or secret information that was kept on his property for more than one year.
The Sun reported that 14 boxes seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) from Trump’s Florida estate earlier this month contained documents classified as classified.
The recently opened breakdown revealed a wealth of high-level classified information that was stored in the basement vault and other areas of the Trump Club. According to the document, in total, the former president had “184 classified documents, 67 secret, 25 top secret and handwritten notes in boxes returned to the National Archives.” It also stated that the FBI had “probable reason to believe that evidence of obstruction would be found” on his Florida property. The search was also conducted by the FBI, as there were concerns that the release of classified documents could compromise “secret human sources”.
According to the signing agent’s affidavit: “Based on my training and experience, I know that documents classified at these levels typically contain National Defense Information (NDI).”
The Justice Department said it redacted most of the documents to protect the identities of law enforcement officials, including FBI agents and civilian witnesses.
The Associated Press reported that, angered by the investigation into the tapes, Trump issued a statement on Friday saying he and his team were cooperating with the Justice Department. He turned to Truth Social and initially noted that the affidavit was “heavily redacted!” He wrote that nothing was mentioned about the “nuclear case”, the FBI and DOJ’s total public relations ploy, or our close working relationship regarding paperwork – we gave them a lot.”
The investigation is believed to be a political distraction for Trump as it lays the groundwork for a potential presidential race in 2024. There is also an obvious legal danger.