The raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home led to controversy. Many, including those who are not Republican, believed that this was Government overreach and that it was unnecessary for the FBI to follow government orders to raid a former President’s home. Throughout the numerous requests for clarity surrounding the search, the DOJ released a highly redacted affidavit and answered nearly none of the questions people had surrounding the raid. The DOJ has now released more details, and some of the details are raising questions as well, including questions surrounding the empty folders with classified markings.
Also included was a wide assortment of other items, including over 1,000 documents that did not have classified markings, several “Article of Clothing/Gift Item” entries and hundreds of printed news articles.
The list was released per an order from Florida federal Judge Aileen M. Cannon, as she weighs whether to appoint a “special master” to check the documents for potential executive privilege.
The document includes little that was unexpected. A different federal judge unsealed a less detailed property receipt last month which showed that the FBI took several boxes of documents from Trump’s property, which included “Various classified/TS/SCI documents.” Trump, meanwhile, has complained publicly that the FBI took documents and items allegedly unrelated to its investigation.
However, the Friday filing does underscore the massive amount of material the government took from Mar-a-Lago, including many government documents.
It is also not clear why investigators seized items labeled “Article of Clothing/Gift Item.” In all, the DOJ said it took 18 such items.
Former President Trump has complained about the raid, the condition the riad left his home in, and the overly-wide scope of things taken in the raid. 18 “Article of Clothing/Gift Item” doesn’t appear to be what they were searching for, so it’s not clear why these items were taken. Some are also left wondering about the empty folders, and if the documents that were originally inside of these folders are salvageable, or even in the home at all.