Trump took documents to Mar-a-Lago that are so sensitive they may not be described in public, report says

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Former President Donald Trump
  • Trump took documents of the "very highest levels of classification" to Mar-a-Lago, per The Washington Post.

  • Some of the documents are so sensitive that they may not be described in upcoming inventory reports.

  • The details emerge as a congressional committee intensifies its investigation into Trump's handling of White House records.

Former President Donald Trump took documents to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida that are "so sensitive" they might not be able to be described in public, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing two unnamed sources.

After leaving office in January 2021, Trump took 15 boxes of documents to his Florida resort, which National Archives officials said contained some classified information.

Some of the documents were of the "very highest levels of classification," two sources told The Post, and therefore might not be able to be described in upcoming inventory reports in an unclassified manner.

One source informed The Post that there are records "that only a very few have clearances" to review.

The details have emerged as a congressional committee ramps up its investigation into Trump's handling of White House records.

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On Friday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York, the Democratic chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee, wrote to the National Archives and Records Administration to request a "detailed description" of the contents of the recovered boxes.

The National Archives had previously set Friday as a deadline to provide an inventory of the contents, which are expected to offer more information on the volume and scope of classified documents, according to The Post.

Maloney also requested details about all presidential records that Trump "had torn up, destroyed, mutilated, or attempted to tear up, destroy or mutilate."

"I am deeply concerned that former President Trump may have violated the law through his intentional efforts to remove and destroy records that belong to the American people," she wrote in a letter. "This Committee plans to get to the bottom of what happened and assess whether further action is needed to prevent the destruction of additional presidential records and recover those records that are still missing."

Maloney also asked for details about any probes conducted by other federal agencies into the contents of the boxes, along with communications between the Trump administration and NARA linked to the Presidential Records Act.

The congresswoman also called for the prioritization of records from former White House chiefs of staff Reince Priebus, John Kelly, and Mark Meadows; along with those from former White House counsel Don McGahn; former deputy White House counsel Stefan Passantino; and ex-aides Nicholas Luna, Derek Lyons, Robert Porter, and Madeleine Westerhout.

In the Thursday letter to the National Archives, Maloney described Trump's handling of records as "what appears to be the largest-scale violations of the Presidential Records Act since its enactment."

The Presidential Records Act requires presidents and White House staff to preserve official documents and communications, and turn those items over to the National Archives at the end of a president's term.

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