Judicial cheating on confidential documents seized at Donald Trump’s residence

Judicial cheating on confidential documents seized at Donald Trump’s residence

Judicial cheating on confidential documents seized at Donald Trump’s residence

Undated photo of documents seized from Donald Trump's residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, provided by the United States Department of Justice on August 31, 2022.

The series of archives kept by Donald Trump after his departure from the White House is a matter of national security. In its edition of 7 September, the Washington Post argues that among the documents seized on August 8 by the federal police at the residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, there is a note describing the military capabilities – including nuclear power – of a foreign state. The newspaper does not specify the name of the country, nor the degree of possible classification. This is to date the only information – very incomplete – on the content of the documents, which has immediately opened the way to endless speculations among commentators.

But there are other certainties in this case, overwhelming for the former president. The latter kept extremely sensitive archives in his residence for eighteen months, some of which detail the work of the intelligence services. This without justification and without the strict security and storage conditions normally required. Notes bearing, for example, the mention “Classified / TS / SCI” in principle it can only be consulted in a federal building provided for this purpose. It is impossible, at this stage, to assess the damage caused without knowing precisely who had access to which documents, and for what purpose.

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On August 8, the FBI received confirmation of the lightness with which the archives have been preserved, in disorder, often mixed with magazines and photos. Police found 48 empty, marked files “confidential information”. Some of the documents found during the search have been classified “HCS”, a category involving highly sensitive human sources, including moles or agents infiltrating hostile environments or foreign regimes. Investigators came across notes with such limited access, explains the Washington Postthat even some senior officials in the current security apparatus in the Biden administration are not authorized to consult them.

About 300 documents in total

In 2021 the National Archives had tried to reconstruct the missing files, but they had collided with a wall, on the side of Donald Trump. The Ministry of Justice had joined these efforts on several occasions. In January, 184 documents had been obtained from the former president. In June, his lawyers handed over 38 more. But the federal police (FBI), well informed thanks to a source inside the residence, suspected that Donald Trump’s advisors and the latter were hiding the extent and nature of the archives. . Hence the spectacular search in Mar-a-Lago on 8 August, during which about a hundred other documents were discovered.

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