Mar a Lago search: New details on what FBI agents seized

The inventory shows the extent to which classified information was kept in boxes and containers at Trump’s and mixed with newspapers, magazines and clothing.

WASHINGTON — FBI agents who searched the Florida home of former President Donald Trump last month found, according to a more detailed inventory of the seized material released on Friday.

The inventory released by the Justice Department broadly reveals the contents of 33 boxes and containers stolen from an office and storeroom in Mar-a-Lago during the August 8 search. Although the inventory does not describe the contents of the documents, it does show the extent to which classified information – including top secret material – was hidden in boxes at home and mixed up with newspapers, magazines, clothing and other personal items.

It also makes clear for the first time how many unclassified government documents are being held at the home, even though such records were due to be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration, which had been trying unsuccessfully for months to secure their return.

The Justice Department has said there is no safe place for sensitive government secrets at Mar-a-Lago and has launched a criminal investigation focused on their storage there and efforts over the past few months to obstruct that investigation. It also investigates possible violations of a separate law criminalizing the mutilation or concealment of government records, classified or not.

Trump’s attorneys did not immediately return an email asking for comment on Friday.

The inventory was declassified as the Justice Department conducts a criminal investigation, intelligence agencies assess potential harm from apparent misuse of the classified information, and a judge weighs whether to appoint a special master – essentially an outside legal expert – to review the records.

The inventory shows that 43 empty binders containing classified banners were removed from a box or container in the office, along with another 28 empty binders marked “return to staff secretary” or military aide. Empty folders of this type were also found in a store cupboard.

The inventory list does not reveal why any folders were empty or what might have happened to the documents inside.

Separately, the Justice Department said Friday it had reviewed the records seized during the search and separated those with secret markings to ensure they were being retained according to proper protocol and procedure.

“The materials seized will continue to be used to advance the government’s investigation, and the investigative team will continue to use and evaluate the materials seized as it takes additional investigative steps, such as through additional witness interviews and grand jury practice,” the department said.

It added that “additional evidence relating to the items seized”, including how they were stored, “will feed into the government investigation”. Mar a Lago search: New details on what FBI agents seized

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