In a search of his home, the FBI found that former President Donald Trump has a document in Florida that describes a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities. The Washington Post publishes Wednesday.
The document was found in the register of the former Republican president’s residence and private club at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, central Florida’s Atlantic coast, last August, the paper said, citing the people. Knows the subject as the source.
According to the newspaper, the finding confirms the concerns of the US intelligence service about classified material allegedly hidden on the Trump property.
Some of the seized documents detail US covert operations so closely guarded that many top national security officials don’t even know about them. Only the president, some members of his cabinet or an official close to the agency can authorize other government officials to see details of those secret programs, according to people on the record, who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Documents on such highly classified operations require special authorization to access them. Some of them are accessible only to a few people and are kept under lock and key, often in a secure information facility with a designated control officer who closely monitors their location.
But those documents have been stored at Mar-a-Lago under “uncertain security conditions” more than 18 months after Trump left the White House, The Washington Post points out.
After months of efforts, according to government court documents, the FBI has removed more than 300 classified documents from Mar-a-Lago this year: 184 of 15 boxes sent to the National Archives and Records Administration in January, with more than 38 delivered. Trump’s lawyer appeared before investigators in June and more than 100 additional documents discovered during a court-authorized search last August 8. According to the newspaper’s sources, this latest batch of unearthed government secrets contained information about a foreign government’s nuclear defense readiness.
The sources did not name the foreign government in question, say where the document was found at Mar-a-Lago, or provide additional details about one of the most sensitive national security investigations ever conducted by the Justice Department.
The Washington Post recalls that it was previously reported that FBI agents who searched Trump’s home were, in part, looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons.
After the news broke, Trump took to social media to compare it to previous administrations’ investigations into his actions.
“The nuclear weapons issue is a lie, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a lie, the two impeachments were a lie, the Mueller investigation was a lie, and many others. The same unscrupulous people were involved,” he wrote, later suggesting that FBI agents may have planted evidence against him.
The US government has repeatedly demanded that Trump hand them over if he received classified documents from the White House, but the former president’s entourage responded evasively.
Source: El Diario