Papers from Trump residence ‘reveals foreign nation’s nuclear capability’

Trump residence

Foreign power’s nuclear capability

The Washington Post claimed on Tuesday that one of the top-secret documents that the FBI obtained from former US president Donald Trump’s Florida home described a foreign power’s nuclear capability and military defences. 

Some of the documents discovered in Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, according to the newspaper’s unidentified sources familiar with the case, were so highly classified that only the president and cabinet or near-cabinet level officials would be authorised to grant other federal officials access to them. 

The nation whose defence and nuclear capabilities were mentioned in the text was left unnamed. 

Standard top-secret clearance

The Post claims that rather than a standard top-secret clearance, such materials require specific clearances based on a need-to-know basis. 

No information was provided regarding the location of the extremely sensitive material or the level of security it was found in within the house, which also acts as a private members club. 

With the Department of Justice (DOJ) claiming that top secret documents were “likely withheld” to thwart an FBI investigation into Trump’s alleged improper handling of classified materials, Trump is coming under increasing legal pressure. 

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FBI counter-intelligence personnel

In a government court filing, it was stated that when agents searched the Mar-a-Lago resort on August 8, they discovered information so sensitive that “even the FBI counter-intelligence personnel and DOJ attorneys conducting the review required additional clearances before they were permitted to review certain documents.” 

The FBI raid followed a review of “highly sensitive” documents that Trump, after months of wrangling with the National Archives and Records Administration, eventually turned up to authorities in January. 

Documents classified as confidential and secret

There were 184 documents classified as confidential, secret, or top secret in the 15 crates Trump sent. 

Trump’s attorney eventually turned over an additional 38 classified documents after being prodded by the FBI and offered “sworn certification” that they were the final pieces of information. 

However, the FBI later found “several sources of evidence” that indicated there were still sensitive materials at Mar-a-Lago.

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