Report: Over 50 Of The “Classified” Folders Taken In Mar-A-Lago Raid Were Empty in FBI Smash-and-Grab
A detailed list of what was seized in the Mar-A-Lago was released after District Judge Aileen Cannon’s ordered it released.
Donald Trump’s legal team did not oppose the release.
The inventory lists 33 items, boxes or containers that the FBI seized during the execution of the search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Aug. 8.
Though not specific, the newly released receipt of collected items lists multiple government documents and photographs with classified markings — including secret and top secret — and multiple empty folders, also with classification markings.
The sensitive documents and government property are listed in a way that indicated they were in containers mixed with more personal items, like magazines, newspapers, gifts and articles of clothing. The Justice Department is investigating whether Trump mishandled classified materials after leaving the White House.
Among the things seized were 50 “empty” classified folders.
The FBI seized over 50 empty folders marked “CLASSIFIED” during last month’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
According to a more detailed property receipt of the seized documents, the FBI discovered 43 empty folders with classified banners in Trump’s office and several others in the former president’s storage room.
It is uncertain whether the photo the DOJ recently released that showed classified folders scattered across the floor included any of the empty folders the FBI seized.
The new “detailed” inventory list only further proves that this unprecedented and unnecessary raid of President Trump’s home was not some surgical, confined search and retrieval that the Biden administration claims, it was a SMASH AND GRAB.
These document disputes should be resolved under the Presidential Records Act, which requires cooperation and negotiation by NARA, not an armed FBI raid.