Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Judicial Confusion Over Secret Documents Seized From Donald Trump’s Home


A series of archives held by Donald Trump after he left the White House is a matter of national security. In its September 7 edition, The The Washington Post Documents seized by federal police on Aug. 8 from a residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, say they contain a note detailing the military capabilities — including nuclear — of a foreign state. The newspaper did not name the country or the extent of possible classification. This is the only information – very incomplete – about the contents of the documents to date, which immediately led to endless speculation among commentators.

But there are other convictions in the case that are overwhelming for the former president. The latter kept highly sensitive archives in his residence for eighteen months, some of which described the work of the intelligence service. It is usually required without justification and without strict safety and security conditions. Notes bearer, for example, note “Classified/TS/SCI” In principle consultation can only take place in a federal building provided for this purpose. At this stage, without knowing precisely who has access to which documents and for what purposes, it is impossible to assess the damage caused.

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On August 8, the FBI confirmed that the archives were in disarray, often mixed with magazines and photographs. Police found 48 blank files that were coded “Classified Information”. Some of the documents found during the raid have been declassified “HCS”, A category that includes highly sensitive human sources, including moles or agents that have infiltrated hostile environments or foreign regimes. It explains that investigators found notes with such restricted access The Washington PostEven some senior officials of the current security apparatus in the Biden administration were not allowed to consult them.

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About 300 documents in total

In 2021, the National Archives tried to reconstruct the missing files, but came up against a wall on Donald Trump’s side. The Ministry of Justice has joined these efforts on several occasions. By January, 184 documents had been received from the former president. In June, his lawyers extradited 38 more. But the Federal Police (FBI), thanks to an inside source in the residence, suspected of concealing the size and nature of Donald Trump’s advisers and archives. So a hundred other documents were found during the spectacular search at Mar-a-Lago on August 8.

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