Two other documents labeled as classified were found in a West Palm Beach (Florida) warehouse linked to former US President Donald Trump.
These elements were found by an external team hired by the former president's lawyers, after a court order to carry out a more in-depth review of the possible material that Trump may still have in his possession, after the entry and search carried out by the FBI on last August at his Mar-a-Lago mansion.
On this occasion, that private team reviewed four properties, at the end of November. In addition to that warehouse and another in Florida, close to Mar-a-lago, the search extended to the Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, the headquarters of his business organization, and the golf club and residence in Bedminster (New Jersey), also owned by Trump.
The classified documents were in sealed boxes, according to 'The Washington Post', among many other pieces. The items were immediately turned over to FBI agents handling the matter.
This search of classified materials was one of at least three that outside teams have carried out in buildings that are not on Trump properties, after the former president's lawyers were pressured by a federal judge to fully comply with the order that had been issued. rendered by a grand jury. At all times the operation was supervised by Trump's lawyers.
The lawyers offered federal investigators to observe the Bedminster inquest, but they declined. Given this response, they no longer made that offer in the other searches. Analysts noted that it would be highly unusual for members of the Justice Department to participate if they are not the ones conducting the intervention.
These initiatives are due to the fact that the aforementioned department, headed by Merrick Garland, fears that not all the documents that Trump was able to take at the end of his term have not yet been returned to the government.
The former president and his advisers "continue to cooperate and be transparent, despite the unprecedented, illegal and unjustified attack" against Trump and his family "by an instrumentalized Department of Justice," his spokesman Steven Cheung said in a statement.
Justice investigates the former president for how he handled thousands of government documents, including more than 300 classified, some secret, that he took from the White House and were found in Mar-a-Lago, after not responding to requests for their return. For this reason, prosecutors are considering whether to charge Trump with obstruction of government work. Once again, and as usual, the former president argued that this is "a witch hunt."
Although investigators suspect that there may be even more documents in places linked to Trump, such as his Fifth Avenue headquarters, they are not considering a new search and entry warrant like the one they executed last summer and which caused a huge uproar. Recently, Judge Beryl A. Howell, of the Washington district court overseeing the grand jury investigation, ordered Trump's lawyers to conduct a deeper and more careful search of possible documents that remained out of control.