(Fwrd Axis) — When the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida earlier this week, they were searching classified documents related to nuclear weapons along with other items, according to a new report.
The Washington Post reported late Thursday that federal agents were on-site at Trump’s Florida home all day on Monday but it remains unclear if they recovered those documents.
Material about nuclear weapons is highly sensitive and restricted to a small group of government officials, experts say. The Post’s sources did not go into detail about the specific documents but did say the search indicates high concern among government officials related to the type of classified material Trump allegedly had at his home.
“If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section told the Washington Post.
A Trump spokesman did not comment on the story. The Justice Department and FBI also declined to comment.
The news comes just hours after Attorney General Merrick Garland moved to have the warrant public.
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” Garland said at a press conference at the Justice Department Thursday.
Trump responded on Truth Social following Garland’s statement, claiming his attorneys were “cooperating fully” and had developed “very good relationships” with federal investigators.
“The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it,” Trump said. “Everything was fine, better than most previous Presidents, and then, out of nowhere and with no warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 in the morning, by VERY large numbers of agents, and even ‘safecrackers.’”
The New York Times was the first outlet that reported on Monday that the focus of the raid was regarding the National Archives materials that were taken from the White House when Trump left office.
The Justice Department has been instructed by the court to confer with the former president about its request to unseal certain warrant documents from the Mar-a-Lago search and has a 3 p.m. ET to tell the court if he opposes their release.
This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.