Classified items discovered in Trump storage unit in Florida


At least two items marked classified were found in a storage facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, after former President Donald Trump’s lawyers ordered a company to search for additional classified material, according to a report released Wednesday. The items were provided to the FBI.

The Washington Post, citing unnamed sources, reported that the items were discovered by an outside team brought in by Trump’s representatives to search his other properties. after the FBI recovered about 100 documents marked as classified during an Aug. 8 search of his Palm Beach, Mar-a-Lago estate.

The nature of the newly found material wasn’t immediately clear, but the storage unit they were found in had been used to hold items from an office in Northern Virginia used by Trump staffers after he left the assignment, the paper said.

The 100 or so documents the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago in August were top of 37 bearing classification marks that Trump’s lawyers recovered from the home during a June visit. In addition, 15 boxes containing about 184 classified documents were recovered in January by the National Archives and Records Administration.

The possibility that the Justice Department still hadn’t recovered all of the classified materials had existed for months.

The August FBI search of the home came after investigators developed evidence that additional sensitive documents remained there, even though Trump’s representatives certified that all confidential documents requested in a subpoena by the Department of Justice had been located and returned.

After a federal judge pressured Trump’s team to demonstrate its full compliance with the subpoena, the paper said, it brought in an outside firm to look for properties including Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, so such as Trump Tower in New York City.

A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment.

A Trump spokesman, responding to reports of an outside firm’s search for classified materials, said in a statement, “President Trump and his council continue to be cooperative and transparent, despite the unprecedented, illegal and unwarranted against President Trump and his family by the armed Justice Department.”

Spokesman Steven Cheung did not return a follow-up call on the subsequent report that a search of the storage unit had uncovered at least two items with classification markings.


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Written by Natalia Chi

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