FBI searched Trump’s home for classified nuclear weapons documents: report
FBI agents searched for classified nuclear weapons documents, among other things, when they served a warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home earlier this week, the Washington Post reported Thursday evening.
Citing sources familiar with the investigation, the Post reported that government officials were deeply concerned that nuclear documents believed to be stored at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence could fall into the wrong hands.
Separately, the New York Times reported the documents were linked to some of the most classified US programs, and which officials feared could be vulnerable to theft from Trump’s home by foreign adversaries.
The Post said their sources did not give details about the nuclear documents, such as whether they were US weapons or those of foreign countries.
Sensitive US nuclear weapons information is typically reserved for a select few government officials, the Post reported, noting that US weapons information could be an intelligence coup for adversaries, and that others nations could see classified US information about their nuclear programs as a threat.
Earlier Thursday, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department was seeking to unseal the search warrant issued against Trump in pursuit of transparency against conspiracy theories and backlash from politicians republicans.
Making the search warrant public could reveal what officers were looking for, exactly where they were looking, and give a general idea of the material that was removed from Mar-a-Lago.
It is unclear when a judge may rule on the request for the unsealing of the mandate. The Department of Justice would have until 3 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday to report to the judge on whether Trump wants to challenge the unsealing.