Jay Pratt, the Justice Department’s chief security adviser, said the investigation into whether Trump stored classified documents at his Florida property is still “in its early stages.”
The statement is the clearest indication yet that the Justice Department is reviewing Trump’s behavior directly and moving forward with the investigation.
Last week, the FBI raided the former president’s Florida residence Mar-a-Lago and took with him a number of boxes of materials, eleven sets of documents marked as containing highly sensitive information – intended only to be accessed by specific people. authorities.
The published research memo shows that the FBI is investigating potential violations of three federal laws, the most serious of which falls under the Espionage Act. The suspicions are not related to direct espionage, but to the collection, publication, or loss of classified material.
Trump claims that the crackdown is politically motivated, and that the documents are not actually classified. As president, he reportedly had a standing order to declassify the documents the moment they were brought from the White House to Mar-a-Lago.
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