A search team found more classified documents in Trump's possession.
Trump hired the team himself to do a more thorough search pursuant to a subpoena request.
The documents were found with suits, swords, and wrestling belts, a source told the Washington Post.
A law firm hired by former President Donald Trump found at least two additional classified documents in a storage unit of his belongings in Florida, according to government emails first reported by the Washington Post.
The documents were found as part of an additional search to fully comply with a subpoena issued by the Department of Justice in May, according to emails from the General Services Administration.
In addition to the search at West Palm Beach, Florida, the outside legal team hired by Trump also searched his properties in Bedminster, New Jersey, as well as Trump Tower in New York, according to the emails obtained by the Post. Trump's lawyers conducted the search at the government-run facility around Thanksgiving, according to the New York Times.
The FBI executed a search warrant at Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club estate in August, believing Trump's lawyers didn't comply with the earlier subpoena. According to the Post, Trump hired an outside law firm to conduct additional searches to comply with instructions by Chief US District Judge Beryl A. Howell.
The West Palm Beach facility is maintained by the General Services Administration, which assists in presidential transitions. The boxes were previously held at an office in Northern Virginia in the months after the Trump presidency. In September 2021, the GSA and Trump staffers coordinated to move them to the Florida facility, according to the Post.
A person familiar with the search told the Post that the Florida storage unit was not cataloged and contained an assortment of gifts and clothing.
"It was suits and swords and wrestling belts and all sorts of things," the person told the Post. "To my knowledge, he has never even been to that storage unit. I don't think anyone in Trump world could tell you what's in that storage unit."
The FBI's search warrant indicated that the Justice Department is investigating if Trump violated three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, when he moved government documents from the White House to Mar-a-Lago upon leaving office.
Trump sued the Justice Department after the warrant was executed, leading to a contentious legal fight that revealed new detaiks about the scope of the criminal investigation into his handling of information related to US national security.
The FBI recovered about a dozen boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago, and several of them bore the highest classification markings.
After Trump officially launched his 2024 presidential campaign last month, US attorney general Merrick Garland announced that he was appointing Jack Smith, a veteran war crimes prosecutor, as special counsel overseeing DOJ investigations that relate to Trump. They include the Mar-a-Lago documents case as well as the department's sprawling investigation into the January 6 attack on the US Capitol and Trump's efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and publicly attacked Smith, writing on his website Truth Social that the special counsel is a "fully weaponized monster" who "shouldn't be let anywhere near the political persecution of 'President Donald J. Trump.'"
"I did nothing wrong on January 6th, and nothing wrong with the Democrats' fix on the Document Hoax, that is, unless the six previous Presidents did something wrong also," he wrote.
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