Haines says intelligence officials should assess national security risks from Mar-a-Lago documents: Reports

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Intelligence officials in the Biden administration will assess the national security risk posed by top-secret documents kept in former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines sent a letter to two Democratic representatives obtained by Politico on Friday, noting that intelligence agencies would assess the risk posed by potential disclosure of the classified information in the documents.

“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are working together to facilitate a classification review of relevant material, including those found during the search,” Haines wrote to Carolyn, chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee. Maloney (DN.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

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The letter was written shortly after the release of an edited version of the search warrant filed by the FBI before agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

The affidavit stated that reports indicated there could be “evidence of obstruction” at Mar-a-Lago, warranting a search for the documents.

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Haines told Maloney and Schiff that intelligence officials’ assessment of the national security risk “would not unnecessarily disrupt the DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation.”

“We are pleased that in response to our investigation, Director Haines has confirmed that the intelligence agency and the Department of Justice are assessing the damage caused by the improper storage of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago,” the two lawmakers told Politico on Saturday. . .

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“It is critical that the IC intervene quickly to assess and, if necessary, mitigate the damage done — a process that should run in parallel with the DOJ’s criminal investigation.”

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