Highest-Ranking Nat Sec Officials Couldn’t Look at

  • A new report details the extremely sensitive nature of some documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
  • The documents included secrets about foreign nuclear power, The Washington Post reported.
  • Some high-ranking national security officials in the Biden administration weren’t allowed to look at Mar-a-Lago docs, The Post reported.

Documents retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago were so restricted that some senior national security officials in the current administration do not have the authorization to look at them, The Washington Post reported.

On August 8 the FBI executed a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago and seized 10,000 government documents, including 11 sets of classified documents, according to court documents. Per the warrant released, the FBI is investigating if multiple laws were broken including the Espionage Act, which prohibits the transfer of information that could harm the US.

The new report, citing multiple anonymous sources close to the Mar-a-Lago investigation, adds to the growing concern about the sensitivity of the documents that Trump held on to at his Palm Beach, Florida, home, with little known about the security of the location where they were kept.

A source close to the investigation told The Post that when investigators began reviewing the documents that were seized they grew “alarmed” at how restricted some of the documents were. 

The Post reported that some of the documents would be unknown to most senior national security officials.

The only people with the power to grant authorization to these sensitive documents were the president, a few members of the president’s cabinet, or officials close to the cabinet, an unnamed source said.

Among the documents included information on the nuclear-defense capabilities of foreign nations, sources told The Post.

Additionally, 100 classified records and 48 empty documents marked “CLASSIFIED” were retrieved during the August 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago, according to an inventory of what was seized released Friday. 

Representatives for the DOJ, White House, The Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and Trump did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. The FBI declined to comment.

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