Fox News reports that on Friday the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida unsealed the property receipt, listing all of the property that the FBI seized during its recent raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The property receipt can be read in its entirety here.
According to the property receipt, the FBI seized over 20 boxes of items from Mar-a-Lago. On the receipt, a description of each item is provided, but most of the descriptions are extremely vague.
Importantly, the FBI claims to have seized one set of documents with a “top secret/sensitive compartmented information” designation, four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents.
What is actually in those documents is not clear. The classifications are simply too broadly applicable to hazard a guess. The “top secret/sensitive compartmented information” designation, for example, could cover everything from a crucial piece of confidential intelligence to the daily operations of the U.S. president.
The former president and his legal team maintain several assertions. Most importantly, Trump maintains that the documents being kept at Mar-a-Lago were declassified.
Additionally, Trump says that he had been cooperating with the FBI, with regard to the documents, for months. At the FBI’s request, he even installed an additional lock on the storage area where the documents were being kept in Mar-a-Lago.
Trump said that he would have been more than happy to hand over to the FBI whatever documents they wanted without the need for a raid. Trump maintains that the FBI chose a raid for political purposes.
The latest reports indicate that the FBI actually took documents that are protected by the attorney-client privilege and, perhaps, even by executive privilege.
Fox News reports:
Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.
Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged ‘attorney-client’ material, and also ‘executive’ privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!
Neither the FBI nor the Department of Justice (DOJ) has commented on the situation.