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Rep. Adam Kinzinger says some of the documents recovered from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago raid may be ‘so classified’ they cannot be revealed


Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) during a House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 hearing at the Cannon House office building Thursday, June 16, 2022 in Washington, DC.Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

  • Rep. Adam Kinzinger commented on calls for the release of Mar-a-Lago’s affidavit.

  • Kinzinger said certain information should not be released if it puts lives at risk.

  • Classified documents were among the documents seized from Trump’s home, according to court records.

Representative Adam Kinzinger said some of the documents from the Mar-a-Lago raid may be “so classified” that they cannot be revealed.

Kinzinger appeared on CNN on Friday to discuss the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence in which 11 sets of classified documents were seized, according to court records. In response, Trump and his allies demanded that the affidavit used in the search be made public.

The judge handling the case has given the Justice Department until Thursday to let the court know what redactions he would like to see made if published.

Host Jake Tapper asked Kinzinger if there was a danger that “withholding too much information” could “undermine public confidence in the Justice Department even further.”

Kinzinger said that in the interest of national security and domestic politics, transparency is good, but that reports suggest “there are things that are so classified that you can’t even tell what’s going on.” ‘is”.

“If that’s the case, we certainly have to make sure that we don’t reveal any of this, even in an affidavit. We want to make sure that we’re not putting anyone’s life at risk,” he said, adding that if things are redacted, it shouldn’t be done in such a way that people can use them as fuel for conspiracy theories.

A set of classified documents seized at Mar-a-Lago has been designated as sensitive compartmented information, which is the highest level of sensitivity a classified document can receive, according to a search warrant.

The congressman also addressed some of the theories of fellow Republicans, like Rep. Mike Turner, who suggested the Mar-a-Lago raid. may have been politically motivated.

“It’s really frustrating and sad to see my party take such a dark path,” Kinzinger said.

Kinzinger sits on the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot. He said that whatever information is eventually released about the seizure, “it’s probably not going to change some people’s minds.”

The Justice Department is investigating whether Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, related to the handling of government records.

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