The US Department of Justice released the new document

The document has been redacted, but it offers the most detailed description of the confidential files that Donald Trump did not return after leaving the White House. American justice published, Friday August 26, a legal document of 38 pages that explains the reasons for the recent search by the federal police (FBI) in the house of the former president of America, in Florida .

Without delivering explosive revelations due to heavily redacted passages, this plea offers insight into how Donald Trump kept potentially confidential documents at his Mar-a-Lago home – many mixed with others. -various newspapers, magazines and letters. personal. They also expressed the concern raised by his apparent disregard for the authorities.

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184 classified documents

Investigators are particularly concerned about maintaining an unsecured room of potentially secret documents, even though it could endanger American intelligence agents in hiding.

The document shows that investigations began when the National Archives Agency (NARA) notified the Department of Justice on February 9, 2022 that it had received fifteen boxes of documents from Donald Trump’s teams. Some include, according to NARA, “top secret documents”.

The investigation then opened by the federal police made it possible to confirm that these boxes contained 184 classified documents, including twenty-five secrets, and led the investigators to believe that “Other documents containing secret national defense information” still at Mar-a-Lago.

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However, these highly sensitive archives have nothing “Improper management [et n’étaient pas] kept in the proper place”, detailed an excerpt from a letter from the Department of Justice to Donald Trump’s lawyers, cited in the report published on Friday. On August 8, the FBI searched the residence of Donald Trump, seizing almost thirty new boxes containing confidential documents.

Protection of “civilian witnesses”

Federal Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered the Department of Justice to make public this key document, which should detail the factors that led to the investigation of Donald Trump, citing the public interest in the unprecedented search of the house of a former American head of state.

The magistrate accepted the ministry’s request to redact important parts of the document – which would otherwise reveal the identity of some of the actors in the case – in the name of a demand. “empire” to protect investigations. On Friday, Justice Ministry officials also emphasized the need “to protect the security and privacy of many civilian witnesses”.

The authorities waited until the last minute. They objected to the publication of the aforementioned document, arguing that it needed a redaction “It is very important that the rest of the leaked texts do not contain any important content”.

“Witch hunt”, according to Trump

The reaction to the publication on Friday, Donald Trump again criticized his Truth Social network a “witch hunt”and a “com subterfuge”noted that these court documents do not mention “none” potential documents related to “nuclear” mentioned at one time in the American press. “We live in a country without faith or law”he was angry.

On Monday, the former US president called for an independent expert to be appointed to review the documents seized by the FBI and determine who should remain. “confidential” and thus will not be used in investigations.

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The list of items seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago, which has been made public, also mentions several classified documents. “top secret”. The whole question is to know what these documents deal with, and the elements published on Friday do not provide details on this point.

Investigators suspect the Republican violated American espionage laws that strictly regulate the possession of confidential documents. Donald Trump assured him that these documents were declassified. So far he has not been charged in any case.

Le Monde with AP and AFP

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