Newly released government email with Trump’s legal team reveals that the National Archives found 100 classified documents.
Totaling more than 700 pages from an initial batch of 15 boxes confiscated from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.
It is evident from the statistics that a huge number of classified government documents were seized.
From former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort months before FBI officers returned with a search warrant on August 8.
The order also shows that the FBI is looking into possible obstruction of justice and improper record retention.
Debra Steidel Wall, acting archivist, wrote to Trump attorney Evan Corcoran on May 10 to inform him.
That the Biden administration would not be honouring the former president’s claims of executive privilege over the papers, and included data from those assertions.
A Letter From National Archives Acting Archivist Debra Wall Sent to Trump Lawyer
Despite efforts by the former president’s legal team to claim executive privilege and conceal the materials.
The FBI was able to obtain a letter from the National Archives almost a month before they arrived to Trump’s house in June to seek for further secret material.
The FBI had not yet been given access to Trump’s documents at the time the letter was written.
The letter to Trump’s legal team suggested that the documents did not belong to the former president as he has been alleging. Rather, they were in the control of the federal government.
To “perform an evaluation of the possible damage resulting from the apparent way in which these items were housed and moved and take any necessary remedial procedures.”
The National Security Division of the Department of Justice requested access to the documents.
The Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of President Joe Biden’s administration, has concluded that the documents in question are not protected by executive privilege.
According to the letter, it was determined that “there is no precedence” for a previous president to use executive privilege to prevent a serving president from accessing records that legitimately belong to the federal government.