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Documents taken in Trump raid included files marked top secret, report says

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A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of the house of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022.

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The FBI seized multiple sets of documents marked top secret from former President Donald Trump’s resort home Mar-a-Lago when agents carried out a search warrant there Monday, in accordance with a latest report.

Eleven sets of classified documents were among the many materials seized within the raid, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday, citing documents reviewed by the outlet. One group of files was reportedly marked “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which incorporates an abbreviation for top-secret/sensitive compartmented information.

The others were 4 sets of top secret documents, three groups of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents, the Journal reported.

The agents took 20 boxes of things, together with binders of photos, one handwritten note and the “executive grant of clemency” for Roger Stone, a Republican political operative whom Trump had pardoned, in accordance with the newspaper.

Information concerning the president of France was also on the list of things faraway from Mar-a-Lago, the Journal reported.

Attorneys for Trump have argued that the president declassified the materials before the tip of his one term in office, the Journal reported. Trump, who has criticized the Justice Department since he first revealed the raid Monday evening, has argued that his team had been cooperating with authorities.

A spokeswoman for Trump didn’t immediately reply to CNBC’s request for comment.

The FBI was searching for nuclear documents in Trump’s home, amongst other items, the Washington Post reported Thursday, citing people aware of the investigation.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department would file a motion in court to make the search warrant public, in light of the “substantial public interest on this matter.”

Garland also noted that he had personally approved the warrant, and condemned the wave of attacks on the FBI and DOJ that followed Trump’s announcement concerning the raid.

The Journal’s report on the search warrant and related materials got here lower than two hours before a 3 p.m. ET deadline for the DOJ to tell U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart whether Trump’s lawyers would oppose the agency’s motion to reveal the warrant.

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