Aug 13, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Schiff, Maloney ask for security damage assessment on Mar-a-Lago documents

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Two high-ranking House members are asking for a national security damage assessment of the documents the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago, according to a letter sent to the Director of National Intelligence on Saturday.

The big picture: The FBI seized highly sensitive documents in their search of former President Trump's Florida residence on Monday, including some marked as "top secret."

  • Trump on Friday afternoon said in a statement that "it was all declassified" and insisted that "they didn't need to 'seize' anything. They could have had it at anytime."
  • The Justice Department has rebutted his claims.

What they're saying: "Former President Trump’s conduct has potentially put our national security at grave risk," Reps. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said in a letter to Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence.

  • The unauthorized disclosure of top secret information would cause “exceptionally grave damage to the national security.”
  • "In addition, at least one report indicates that FBI’s investigation focused in part on highly classified documents 'relating to nuclear weapons,' which are among our nation’s most closely guarded secrets," the letter added.
  • "If this report is true, it is hard to overstate the national security danger that could emanate from the reckless decision to remove and retain this material."

Details: The FBI removed 11 sets of classified information, including:

  • "Various classified/TS/SCI documents" — referring to documents containing "top secret" or "sensitive compartmented information."
  • 21 boxes of "miscellaneous confidential documents," "miscellaneous secret documents" or "miscellaneous top secret documents."
  • The executive grant of clemency for Trump's associate Roger Stone, "Info re: President of France," a leatherbound box of documents, two binders of photos and a handwritten note.

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