Documents containing highly sensitive intelligence about Iran and China were among those recovered by the FBI from the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
Disclosure of the documents’ contents could expose US intelligence-gathering methods, people familiar with the matter told the Post. At least one of the documents describes Iran’s missile program and others describe highly sensitive intelligence involving China.
Post sources called the documents among the most sensitive recovered by the FBI since it began its investigation of the former president and his aides over potential mishandling of classified information.
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for comment to the Post on Friday morning.
People familiar with the matter who spoke to the Post said many of the most sensitive documents brought to the complex are analytical documents that do not contain the names of the sources, although they could still provide information to foreign adversaries. . Some of the documents are only accessible to the highest officials of the US government, such as the President or members of the Cabinet.
CNN reported that since the FBI raid in August, the US intelligence community has restarted both the classification review and the so-called damage assessment related to Trump’s storage of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. .
The damage assessment is a long-term analytical product that will study what the risk to the national security of the United States would be if material stored at Mar-a-Lago were to be exposed. The classification review is designed to examine each document to establish that its classification marks are up-to-date.
On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump’s legal team is considering whether to allow federal agents to return to the former president’s Florida residence, and possibly conduct a supervised search, to satisfy departmental demands. of Justice to return all sensitive government documents, sources told CNN.
In private discussions with Trump’s team as well as court documents, the Justice Department has made it clear that it believes Trump has not complied with a May subpoena ordering the return of all documents. marked as classified and that more government documents were missing.
Some in Trump’s inner circle are unconvinced that any government documents remain, after the FBI seized nearly 22,000 pages while executing a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August.