Details on Trump FBI raid revealed by media — Analysis
Agents found sensitive materials on a foreign nation’s nuclear secrets, the Washington Post reports
The trove of classified documents confiscated by the FBI during the raid on former US President Donald Trump’s residence included top-secret documents related to the nuclear capabilities of a foreign power, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday.
According to the outlet’s sources, some of the confiscated documents relate to top-secret US operations that have such a high clearance level that even many senior officials were not briefed on them. According to the report, only the president can have access to the information through his Cabinet members and close-to-cabinet officials.
According to the Post, the documents found during the raid also included information about the nuclear-defense capabilities of an unknown foreign government. The outlet spoke with people familiar with the subject but declined to give further information.
These sensitive materials, according to reports, are kept in lock and key at a secure place and are monitored by designated control officers. These documents, despite their highly confidential nature, were stored at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in an alleged breach of the rules for more than 18 months after he left office, the Post added.
Last month, the newspaper, citing sources, reported that the FBI was searching the ex-president’s home for documents regarding nuclear weapons. However, at the time it wasn’t clear if the material was related to the US, or another country.
Last week, the US Justice Department revealed the contents of 33 boxes of materials seized by FBI operatives from Trump’s home. An expanded inventory showed that over 100 classified documents were found in the raid on Trump’s house. They also contained a variety of other non-sensitive items.
Although prosecutors suggested Trump may have tried to obstruct an investigation by alleging that he and his assistants intentionally hid or removed classified documents from the government, Trump has maintained that his team cooperated with the authorities.
Trump has since referred to the raid as “Persecution of political leaders,” adding that “Nothing like this has happened before to any president of the United States..”