According to a report published on Thursday (August 11) by The Washington Post, when the FBI searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida property, Mar-a-Lago, the bureau was looking for secret materials pertaining to nuclear weapons.
The revelation, according to the newspaper, illustrates the worry government authorities had about the sensitive material Trump and his entourage brought to the resort after he left the White House, according to sources familiar with the inquiry.
It is unknown exactly what kind of documents the FBI was looking for or whether the materials linked to nuclear weapons were owned by the United States or other nations.
The FBI’s decision to seek a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago was “personally approved” by Attorney General Merrick Garland, who also said he had pushed the U.S. Department of Justice to make the request public.
“The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken,” Garland said.
Officials were reportedly looking for any potentially sensitive classified documents that may have been mistakenly brought to the resort.
Garland would not discuss the investigation’s specifics or the FBI’s findings.
“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing,” the Thursday filing read.
“That said, the former President should have an opportunity to respond to this Motion and lodge objections, including with regards to any ‘legitimate privacy interests’ or the potential for other ‘injury’ if these materials are made public.”
Meanwhile, Trump denounced the FBI’s search, declaring: “These are dark times for our Nation.”
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” Trump said in a statement.
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