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DOJ: Several efforts to conceal docs + obstruct Mar-a-Lago raid

New day new developments in the case and investigation of former American president Donald Trump. According to the DOJ, officials have on a number of occasions so far reportedly discovered attempts to not only obstruct the investigation but to flat out hide documents from federal agents. It is one of many damning allegations against Trump and his associates.

A photo from a Department of Justice brief shows some of the documents seized in the raid at Mar-a-Lago.
/ Departmnt of Justice – A photo from a Department of Justice brief shows some of the documents seized in the raid at Mar-a-Lago.

The latest developments come from department’s head of counterintelligence Jay Bratt and the U.S. Attorney for South Florida Juan Gonazalez.

“The former president’s counsel explicitly prohibited government personnel from opening or looking inside any of the boxes that remained in the storage room, giving no opportunity for the government to confirm that no documents with classification markings remained,” Bratt and Gonzalez wrote.

“Counsel for the former president offered no explanation as to why boxes of government records, including 38 documents with classification markings, remained at the premises nearly five months after the production of the fifteen boxes and nearly one-and-a-half years after the end of the administration,” the filing stated.

Interestingly, the feds are now saying during the initial search they were prevented from further going through boxes and document collections to confirm that no high-level secured information remained. However when they finally did go through the materials at least 38 different top secret materials were discovered which set off the criminal investigation into Donald Trump.

Much of the government’s interest is surrounding the alleged storage room that was used inside of Mar-a-Lago to not-so-securely store the classified information. The search warrant and seizure were actually sparked by the fact that the government itself believed that more docs were being hidden following June’s encounter with the estate.

“Thirteen boxes or containers contained documents with classification markings, and in all, over one hundred unique documents with classification markings — that is, more than twice the amount produced on June 3, 2022, in response to the grand jury subpoena — were seized. Certain of the documents had colored cover sheets indicating their classification status,” Bratt and Gonzalez wrote according to Huffington Post.

“Notwithstanding counsel’s representation on June 3, 2022, that materials from the White House were only located in the storage room, classified documents were found in both the storage room and in the former president’s office. Moreover, the search cast serious doubt on the claim in the certification (and now in the Motion) that there had been ‘a diligent search’ for records responsive to the grand jury subpoena.”

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