Trump mansion raid: FBI finds dozens of empty folders for classified files | iRADIO

Investigators from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) found dozens of empty folders for classified documents during a search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence in August. This was reported by the AP agency on Friday, referring to a more detailed list of confiscated items. Investigators also seized over a hundred documents in various degrees of secrecy.



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Photos of documents and files seized from Trump’s Florida mansion. Their content has been censored on the image | Photo: US Department of Justice | Source: Reuters

The former US president faces suspicions that after the end of his term he kept documents that he should have handed over to the US National Archives or other authorities.

During an August search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, FBI investigators found over 40 folders for classified documents, but they contained nothing. According to the AP agency, the question arises as to where the files that the folders originally contained ended up.

The FBI also seized a hundred documents classified as confidential, secret, and top secret. She also took about 10,000 government documents, which were not classified. However, the list of seized items does not further specify the contents of these files. The Ministry of Justice said that the confiscated items will be used to evaluate the further progress of the investigation.


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Neither Trump nor his lawyers have commented on Friday’s reports. But the former president denies that he committed any illegal act.

Authorities sought to obtain classified and government documents from Trump as early as May of last year. This year, the National Archives acquired several dozen boxes containing classified files. The FBI’s search warrant request indicates that investigators believed the former president had not turned over all documents. The search was also supposed to contribute to clarifying who and how handled the documents.

The Justice Department’s investigation concerns so-called presidential records that Trump was supposed to turn over to the National Archives after leaving the White House. These are official documents with which Trump or his close associates came into contact, as well as the ex-president’s e-mail correspondence.

The department is investigating possible violations of three laws, including the Espionage Act, which prohibits possession of national defense information, and the Withholding, Destroying or Falsifying Records Act with intent to obstruct an investigation.

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