An FBI search warrant was handed out Monday at the home of former President Donald Trump in Florida, where agents appeared to be looking for classified material.
According to The New York Times, the inquiry is “focused on papers that Trump took with him when he left the White House and which are now at his private club and residence, Mar-a-Lago. Those boxes contained a significant number of classified documents.”
The raid was linked to the missing White House records, according to several reports.
According to the report, Donald Trump had delayed returning over a dozen boxes of papers to the National Archives, which included documents that were “designated as classified national security information.”
The Department of Justice has launched a grand jury inquiry into whether classified material was mishandled at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.
The goal of these types of investigations is usually to determine whether any classified information was leaked so that intelligence officials may take appropriate measures to safeguard sensitive sources and methods. Prosecutors are attempting to gather as much information as possible about how the papers were handled from when they left the White House till they were given back to the National Archives.
Prosecutors would need evidence demonstrating that the parties involved in removing the papers from the White House were aware that they were classified and that removing them would break the law.
The president is also being investigated by the Justice Department for alleged “efforts to reverse the results of the 2020 election.”
According to the report, the DOJ is examining two areas that might result in Trump being implicated in some manner, including “seditious conspiracy,” which is what some of the rioters were charged with; and allegations of potential fraud by utilizing phony electors or attempting to strong-arm government officials into falsely claiming the election was rigged.
On Tuesday, while speaking with NBC News, Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed a criminal inquiry into the events of January 6 is “the most wide-ranging investigation in its history” and that the DOJ will come across things during the criminal investigation that the House Select January 6th committee “haven’t discovered.”