These documents require special clearances on a need-to-know basis, rather than a generic top secret clearance
One of the classified documents seized by the FBI from former US President Donald Trump’s residence in Florida described a foreign power’s nuclear capabilities and military defenses, according to a report by The Washington Post on Tuesday.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter, said some of the documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence were so highly classified, that only the president and cabinet officials/close to the cabinet would be authorized to authorize other government officials to access it.
He did not name the country whose defense and nuclear capabilities were cited in the document.
According to the Post, these documents require special clearances on a need-to-know basis, rather than a generic top-secret clearance.
There were no details on where in the residence – which also serves as a private club for members – the highly sensitive material was found, or under what type of security.
Trump is facing mounting legal pressure, with the Justice Department saying top secret documents were “likely withheld” to hamper an FBI investigation into Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents.
When agents searched Mar-a-Lago’s residence on Aug. 8, they found documents so sensitive that “even FBI counterintelligence staff and DOJ reviewing attorneys demanded additional clearances.” before being allowed to review certain documents,” a government court filing said.
The FBI raid came after a review of “highly classified” records that Trump eventually turned over to authorities in January, after months of back and forth deliberations with the National Archives and Records Administration.
The 15 boxes delivered by Trump contained 184 documents marked as confidential, secret or top secret.
After being invited by the FBI, Trump’s lawyer eventually turned over 38 other classified documents – and provided a “sworn certification” that they represented the last document.
However, the FBI later uncovered “multiple sources of evidence”, showing that more classified documents remain at Mar-a-Lago.
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