The former US president is accused of hiding top secret documents at his home.
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Documents seized from former US President Donald Trump’s Florida residence were “probably hidden” to obstruct investigations against him, according to a document from the Ministry of Justice published on the night between Tuesday 30 August and Wednesday 31 August.
This procedural document explains in the most detail to date the reasons that led the American Federal Police (FBI) to search the former president’s residence on August 8 to recover highly confidential documents that he had not returned after leaving the White House. , despite the many requests. Before the operation, the FBI found out “multiple sources of evidence” showing it “classified documents” they were still in Mr. Trump’s sprawling residence in Mar-a-Lago, the document says.
“The government also had evidence that government documents were likely hidden and taken away … and that action was likely taken to obstruct its investigation.”, is added. The Justice Department has included a photo on the last page showing federal police confiscated documents marked “Top Secret” scattered across a floral patterned rug. It also indicates that you have explained the process that led to the raid, in order to “correct the incomplete and inaccurate narrative presented in the statements” by Donald Trump.
The department’s statement responds to a request made the week of August 22 by Donald Trump, who feels persecuted by the government, for an independent third party to examine the documents seized from his home by the FBI. But appointing this third party could block investigators’ access to documents and justice shouldn’t “because these (seized) documents do not belong” to Mr. Trump, the document points out. Such a measure “it is not necessary and would seriously harm the interests of the government, including national security”is underlined.
According to the Justice Department, some of the documents seized on August 8 bore the mark “HCS”which in the language of the American intelligence community refers to information provided by “human sources”, whistleblowers and other undercover agents. Investigators suspect that the Republican has violated an American espionage law that very strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assures him that these documents have been declassified.