Documents containing highly sensitive intelligence about Iran and China were among those recovered by the FBI from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, The Washington Post reported Friday.
Disclosure of the documents’ contents could reveal U.S. intelligence-gathering methods, people familiar with the matter told the Post. At least one of the documents describes Iran’s missile program and others describe highly sensitive intelligence about China.
Mail sources have called the documents among the most sensitive the FBI has recovered since it began investigating the former president and his aides for possible mishandling of classified information.
A Trump spokesman did not immediately respond to the Post’s requests for comment Friday morning.
People familiar with the matter who spoke to the Post said many of the most sensitive documents brought to the station are analysis papers that do not name sources, though they could still provide clues to foreign adversaries. Some documents are only available to high-ranking US government officials, such as the president or cabinet members.
CNN reports that since the FBI’s search in August, the US intelligence community has been reviewing classified material related to Trump’s storage of classified material at Mar-a-Lago and Trump’s visit to Mar-a-Lago. has restarted the work on the damage assessment.
The damage assessment is a long-term analytical product that will examine the risk to US national security if material stored at Mar-a-Lago were to be exposed. The classification review is designed to review each document to verify that its classification marks are current.
On Thursday, CNN reported that Trump’s legal team is considering allowing federal agents to return to the former president’s Florida residence, and possibly conduct a supervised search, to satisfy Justice Department requests for the return of all sensitive government documents, sources told CNN.
In private discussions with Trump’s team, as well as in court filings, the Justice Department has made clear that it believes Trump has failed to comply with a May subpoena ordering the return of all documents marked classified and that more government records are missing.
Some in Trump’s inner circle aren’t sure any government documents remain, after the FBI seized nearly 22,000 pages when they executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago in August.