Trump says classified documents FBI seized from him were safe at his home

Trump says classified documents FBI seized from him were safe at his home
Trump says classified documents FBI seized from him were safe at his home

The lawyers of donald trumpformer president of the United States, assured this Wednesday before the judge in charge of the case that the classified documents that the former president took without permission from the White House and that were found by the FBI after a search of his mansion in Mar-a- Lake (Florida) were in “a safe place” and that therefore there was no cause for alarm.

In a brief presented before the magistrate, Trump’s lawyers indicated that it was something “expected” that among the documents that Trump took from the White House there was material classified precisely because of the nature of the position he held.

“The alleged justification for the initiation of this criminal investigation was the alleged discovery of sensitive information contained in the 15 boxes of presidential records. But this ‘discovery was totally foreseeable given the very nature of the presidential records,’” the team of lawyers said. in a document to which you have had access Washington Post.

“Simply put, the notion that the presidential records would contain sensitive information should never have been cause for alarm,” concludes the text of the former president’s lawyers. Trump’s lawyers argue that under the Presidential Records Act, the seized files should have followed up with a good faith effort to secure the recovery of presidential records, rather than refer a criminal investigation to the Justice Department, CNN reports. .

Trump’s assertion that authorities were wrong to be alarmed by his possession of classified material comes after the Justice Department noted that Trump had “some of the nation’s most sensitive secrets” in his home. including secrets obtained from “clandestine human sources”, according to the newspaper The Hill. “A leak of the documents would significantly harm important government interests, including national security interests,” adds the US Department of Justice.

The Government of the current president, assures that had repeatedly called on Trump that if he had taken classified documents from the White House, he would hand them over, but the former president’s entourage always responded evasively. According to his version, some of the documents found in the search of Trump’s mansion carried out on August 8 were “probably hidden and removed” from a deposit. In the search, FBI agents found more than 100 classified documents. As reported New York Timeswere more than 700 pages of classified documents, “including some related to the most covert intelligence operations in the country.”

The Department of Justice maintains that the storage of these documents is not protected by the figure of the Executive Privilege that would correspond to him as president, but that they should have been stored as required by law in the National Archives.

Meanwhile, the judge handling the case in a Florida court has summoned Trump’s lawyers and the Department of Justice to deal with the lawsuit filed by Trump for an independent expert to supervise the documents. Trump has also requested a more detailed receipt of what was seized and the return of what was not included in the court order that authorized the search.

The judge has been willing to appoint an expert to supervise the raid on Mar-a-Largo, Trump’s mansion and private club in Palm Beach, where he has his legal address, but before making a decision he will listen to the parties.

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