New details have emerged regarding the thousands of documents seized by the FBI during its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in August.
According to Breitbart, among the seized documents were 50 “classified” folders, all of which were empty.
“According to a more detailed property receipt of the seized documents, the FBI discovered 43 empty folders with classified banners in Trump’s office and several others in the former president’s storage room,” the outlet reported.
The revelation, which came as the latest twist in the situation, raises questions about the recent photo included with the DOJ’s court filing that showed documents and folders scattered across the floor at Mar-a-Lago.
The receipts unsealed
It was thanks to Federal Judge Aileen Cannon that receipts of the seized documents was unsealed this week, revealing the volume of documents seized and the types of items taken by the FBI.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) September 2, 2022
Given the sheer amount of items and documents seized, numbering in the thousands, many have now described the FBI’s raid not as a targeted search, but as nothing less than a “smash and grab” situation.
The new “detailed” inventory list only further proves that this unprecedented and unnecessary raid of President Trump’s home was not some surgical, confined search and retrieval that the Biden administration claims, it was a SMASH AND GRAB. 1/2
— Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) September 2, 2022
The receipts came on the heels of the judge saying that she’ll need time to consider Trump’s request for a special master to review the documents from a neutral, third-party perspective.
Many believe that the DOJ is working to bring some type of criminal indictment against Trump eventually. The DOJ confirmed that the seized docs are one part of an “active criminal investigation.”
“The seized materials will continue to be used to further the government’s investigation, and the investigative team will continue to use and evaluate the seized materials as it takes further investigative steps, such as through additional interviews and grand jury practice,” Justice Department lawyers noted.
While many believe Biden’s DOJ is simply attempting to muddy Trump’s name ahead of the 2024 election, the plan has seemingly already backfired, as Republicans are more fired up than ever before.