This is what a Washington Post source said about the FBI search
In the search in Mar a Lago, the FBI seized a Donald Trump documents containing information that is “among the most confidential secrets we have”. This is what a source of the Washington Postconfirming that some of the material recovered during the August 8 search is considered “extraordinarily confidential because it could reveal well-kept secrets about how US intelligence collects information”.
In the days immediately following the search, the Post also revealed that the FBI was looking for material relating to nuclear arsenals in the former president’s residence.
The American newspaper also cites allies of the former president who blame Trump’s hasty exit – who instead of preparing the move for months as his predecessors did, waited for the last moment in January to organize the move from the White House that Joe Biden had, according to him, illicitly conquered in November – the fact that the FBI found all these confidential documents in the bedroom, office and storage room on the first floor of his Florida residence.
In the investigation into the documents taken away from the White House, the FBI questioned former White House staff and valets who described Trump as “a compulsive collector, who personally checked his collection of White House memorabilia even before he left Washington. and that he did not want to return anything “.
Testimonies that convinced federal agents that the former president continued to keep confidential documents in Florida, even after the 15 cases reluctantly delivered in January 2022 to the national archives and then the other documents delivered after the grand jury term arrived in Mar a Lago in May.
Last February, when the story of the documents stolen by Trump emerged for the first time, the Post also revealed that among the papers delivered to the archives also the letters he had exchanged with the North Korean leader Kim Jong, which Trump himself had jokingly called ‘love letters’.
Prior to the FBI search on August 8, there was a month-long tug-of-war between the national archives and then the Justice Department on the one hand and Trump and his lawyers on the other over the documents that the former president had taken away from the White House. According to the Washington Post, Trump was informed on April 12 that the FBI would be examining the documents that he had reluctantly delivered to the national archives in January.
Trump thus began a strategy of delays, provocations and open defiance to the federal authorities who in the meantime were convinced that the former president had not delivered all the stolen material to the archives. This strategy includes the letter published yesterday by the national archives, dated May 10 and addressed to a Trump lawyer, in which it is recalled that “four weeks have passed since we informed you of our intention to allow the FBI to inspect” of the material that had been returned to the archives. And it is announced that the argument, used by Trump’s lawyers, that those documents would have been covered by executive privilege is not considered legitimate.
It was after the Watergate scandal, which brought to light Richard Nixon’s abuses in handling official documents, that the Presidential Records Act was enacted which states that all documents prepared for a president are to be considered public property and therefore they must be delivered to the national archives once the mandate is over.
Soon after Trump’s January 2022 mandate ended, National Archives officials realized that several documents had not been delivered. They then turned to the former president’s staff to ask for delivery, but at this point a stalemate began that lasted practically a year and ended only when Trump agreed, on January 17, 2022, to deliver some of the material.
But when they opened the now famous 15 boxes sent to Washington from Mar a Lago the officials found – in the complete chaos of uncategorized material ranging from newspaper clippings, handwritten notes and copies of the president’s briefings – many pages of documents, some not even belonging to the Trump administration, some of which bear the ‘classified’ stamp.
At this point, the officials had no choice but to notify the FBI of the matter, and the affair became public, with Democrats in Congress proclaiming their intention to investigate. Trump was described as furious, also because it would have been the former president himself who supervised, in great secret, the transfer of those boxes from the White House to Mar a Lago.
Thus began the FBI investigation with the request to view the classified material contained in the crates arrived at the national archives, to which the email of 12 April last arrived to the then Trump lawyers refers, which infuriated even more the ‘ former president. In the email, Trump was invited to send representatives of him, with the appropriate security clearance, also for viewing the documents.
But it took Trump weeks to locate representatives to send to the Washington archives, hence the May 10 letter from Archives Manager Steidal Wall saying President Biden had given her the power to decide executive privilege could not be enforced. Meanwhile, the FBI investigation went on and practically at the same time, on 11 May, a grand jury warrant arrived in Mar a Lago for the delivery of any classified material that was still in the residence.
On June 3, Trump’s lawyers delivered documents along with a letter stating that all classified material had been delivered. On June 22, a new warrant arrives in Mar a Lago, this time for the delivery of security camera recordings showing how various people entered and exited the warehouse after the documents were stored. Finally, seven weeks later, dozens of federal agents arrive in Mar a Lago for the first search in the history of the home of a former president.