classified files were found empty

classified files were found empty
This undated photo, released by the US Department of Justice, shows documents seized from Donald Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on August 8, 2022.

Doubts and questions are mounting over the highly classified government documents that former US President Donald Trump took home at the end of his term.

A detailed inventory of the material seized at the residence of Mar-a-Lago (Florida), published Friday, September 2, shows that the FBI agents notably found several dozen empty files marked “classified” in Mr. Trump’s office, which may suggest that sensitive documents may have been lost or destroyed.

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This list compiled by the Justice Department reveals the contents of thirty-three boxes and crates recovered from Mr. Trump’s office and a storage room in Mar-a-Lago during the August 8 search. Although the inventory does not describe the contents of the documents, it shows the extent to which classified information – including top secret documents – was hidden in boxes and mixed with newspapers, magazines, clothing and other personal items.

The document also shows that Mr. Trump had kept more than 11,000 secret, state-related unclassified documents. Lui asserts that he has the right to keep them, but they legally revert to the national archives. Among the texts seized during the police operation are eighteen documents classified top secret, fifty-four secrets and thirty-one confidential.

“Probably good evidence”

Bill Barr, Minister of Justice for nearly two years during Mr. Trump’s mandate, estimated on Friday that the spectacular search of the FBI at the home of the former American president seemed justified and that the authorities appeared to have “good” evidence of an attempted obstruction on his part. Mr. Trump is under investigation for a potential violation of the Espionage Act.

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“For them to get to where we are today, they probably have good evidence”said on Fox News Mr. Barr, who went from supporting the former president to detractor. “If they have clear evidence that the president moved and hid things in his office and told people to hide information from the government, they may be inclined to bring this case” in court, he added.

“I think the driving force behind it all, from the start, was the pile of classified information that was in Mar-a-Lago”did he declare. “People say it was unprecedented”he continued about this search. “Well, it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put it in a country club”he added, scathingly.

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But if he called” foolish ” and D’“inexplicable” Mr. Trump’s behavior regarding the documents, Mr. Barr, however, said he hoped the department would not indict him, ” given that he is a former president and in view of the state of the nation”.

Mr. Trump replied, in a message on his social network, Truth Social. “Former Attorney General Bill Barr was fired long before I left the White House”wrote the former Republican president.

Le Monde with AP and AFP

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