Former US President Donald Trump on Sunday demanded the return of some documents seized by the FBI last Monday from his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
“I just learned that the FBI, in their famous search at Mar-a-Lago, took boxes containing attorney-client privileged material and executive material they knew very well they should never have,” boasted the 45-year-old.e President of the United States on his Truth social network profile.
Mr. Trump demanded the FBI return the documents to him “immediately.”
The new outburst comes after a Fox News report aired Saturday evening alleging the FBI seized confidential documents protected by a relationship between a client and his lawyer after he shared several messages denouncing a search of his residence.
Other documents are protected by executive privilege, which protects certain secrets shared by the president and his advisers.
Last Monday, the FBI showed up at Mar-a-Lago with a search warrant in their pocket, looking for classified documents, the most tightly regulated possession of classified documents under the American Espionage Act. to national security.
In total, the investigating officers seized about thirty boxes of documents and photo files. According to the FBI, some of these documents are classified as top secret.
As reported The New York Times On Sunday, the FBI may have decided to act, because Mr. It believes Trump and his team knowingly decided to cover things up.
Indeed, the former president’s lawyer signed a statement in June under which Mr. Trump initiated the release of documents to the government, according to information from the daily. The statement was signed after Jay I. Bratt, the big boss of counterintelligence in the United States, visited Mar-a-Lago on June 3.
Since the search, Donald Trump has sought to shore up his electoral base, with many of his supporters gathering at Mar-a-Lago to denounce the “witch hunt” of which he is a perennial victim.
The former president also downplayed possession of some declassified documents.
Donald Trump’s 2016 smear campaign against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, may be reminiscent in some respects, but was embroiled in a scandal over the receipt of some highly classified emails. Private email address.