U.S. intelligence officials plan to evaluate the natural security risks of top-secret documents obtained from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, director of national intelligence Avril Haines told lawmakers in a letter issued Friday. sent.
The big picture: On Friday, the Justice Department released an edited version of the affidavit leading to the Mar-a-Lago search. According to the unsealed document, the boxes obtained in the residence contained a mix of confidential, classified and top secret documents.
Send the news: Haines said in a letter to House Oversight Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (DN.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) that her office plans to “reduce the potential risk to the national security that would result from the disclosure of the relevant documents,” Politico said.
- “The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are collaborating to facilitate a classification review of relevant material, including those recovered during the search,” Haines wrote, reporting. Politician.
- She said in the letter that the investigation “will not unnecessarily disrupt the DOJ’s ongoing criminal investigation.”
- Politico was the first to tell the story. TSWT has also seen a copy of the letter.
- Haines’ office did not immediately respond to TSWT’ request for comment.
What they say: “We are pleased that in response to our investigation, Director Haines has confirmed that the Intelligence Directorate and the Department of Justice are assessing the damage caused by the improper storage of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago,” Schiff and Maloney said in a statement. . sent to Axis.
- “The DOJ affidavit, partially unsealed yesterday, confirms our grave concern that among the documents stored at Mar-a-Lago were documents that could endanger human resources. It is critical that the IC intervenes quickly to address the damage done – a process that should run in parallel with the DOJ’s criminal investigation.”
context: The unsealed affidavit released Friday revealed evidence for the FBI’s search of former President Trump’s home. It revealed the contents of 14 of the 15 boxes recovered by the National Archives and Record Administration earlier this year.
- The boxes contain 184 documents, of which 67 are confidential, 92 marked secret and 25 marked top secret.
- The DOJ said in the affidavit that “there is likely reason to believe that additional documents containing classified NDI [national defense information] or which are presidential records subject to the record retention requirements that currently remain on the BUILDING.”
Go deeper: Read Redacted FBI Affidavit for Trump’s House Released by US DOJ