Donald Trump’s estate, located in Florida, contained secret documentation mixed with personal belongings such as books or clothing
Among the material recovered by the FBI after the search of former President Donald Trump‘s Florida mansion were 90 empty folders, some marked as classified documents, according to an inventory released Friday following the order of a federal judge, a new finding that raises questions about the whereabouts of part of the papers that the former president took from the White House.
In the relationship, an 11-page document on the ongoing “criminal investigation” of the Department of Justice, gives a more detailed account of how the material stolen by Trump was kept, mixing classified papers with those that are not, despite that up to 18 documents considered “top secret” were found. In some boxes, there were magazines, newspapers, and press clippings along with classified material and “secret” documents. In the inventory, there are also books, clothes, and gift items.
Along with the empty folders marked “classified,” federal authorities recovered another 40 with nothing inside that once contained sensitive items marked “return to secretary of staff/military assistant,” according to the inventory. It also reveals the seven documents marked “top secret” that was found on August 8 at Trump’s office in Mar-a-Lago and 11 more in a warehouse.
The great unknown is whether Trump and members of his team took those already empty folders, or whether the papers that were once inside were later removed and are now unaccounted for. The 76-year-old Republican could face fines and up to three years in prison, as well as disqualification from public office for willfully or unintentionally concealing, falsifying, destroying, erasing, or mutilating documentation.
In total, the FBI recovered 27 boxes of the material claimed by law by the National Archives in the registry, papers that the Department of Justice considers may pose a serious threat to national security if they fall into the hands of other nations. The inventory comes to light a week after the affidavit was published that was used to justify the search warrant for the New York tycoon’s mansion and after Trump himself sued the government for what he considers a “witch hunt” in his.
One more cause to add to his other pending matters with the justice, among them, the investigation of his role in the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, his deliberate attempt to alter the result of the 2020 elections, and the dubious activity tax of some of its companies.
President Joe Biden mentioned him three times Thursday night in his televised prime-time address, an unusual occurrence for the Democratic president, who often refers to his political rival as his “predecessor.” In fact, the reason for his intervention from the Independence Historical Park in Philadelphia was precisely the former president, the man he claims is putting the democracy of the United States at risk.
“Equality and democracy are under assault ,” he said. “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans (referring to Trump’s campaign slogan, Make America Great Again ) represent extremism that threatens the very foundations of our Republic.” He has also made it clear that, although only a minority of Republicans represent this “extreme ideology”, the conservative party is dominated by Trump’s forces. “And that is a threat to this country,” as well as a factor that could be key in the legislative elections in November.