The people did not give the Post any additional details about “what kind of information the agents were looking for” and whether such documents have been recovered, the paper said.
The revelation adds important context to the Justice Department’s extraordinary decision to search the home of a former president.
As CNN previously reported, the criminal investigation began with concerns over missing documents filed by the National Archives, which made a criminal reference to the Justice Department after discovering highly sensitive documents among the material released from Mar-a-Mar in January. Lago had been picked up. The 15 boxes contained material that was part of special access programs (SAP), a classification that includes protocols to significantly limit who would have access to the information, according to a source familiar with what the archives discovered in the boxes. That led to FBI interviews with assistants for grand jury subpoenas for the court-authorized search and seizure of documents this week.
Although Attorney General Merrick Garland has declined to share specific details about the search, he said on Thursday he “personally approved” the decision to request a search warrant for Trump’s Florida home.
“The department does not make such a decision lightly. Whenever possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive resources as an alternative to a search and to limit any search undertaken,” Garland said at a news conference.
The attorney general also said the Justice Department had filed a petition with the court to unseal the search warrant and title deed of the search.
Trump said in a late-night post on his Truth Social platform on Thursday that he “wouldn’t oppose the release of documents,” adding: “I’m going a step further by ON the immediate release of those documents. encourage.”
CNN reported earlier Thursday that Trump and his legal team had not yet made a decision on how to respond to the Justice Department’s motion, according to a source familiar with their thinking.
Since the search, top congressional Republicans have rushed to Trump’s defense and labeled the move as politically motivated. The former president has denied all wrongdoing, claiming the investigation is designed to derail his potential attempt to return to the White House.
In a few posts on Truth Social after Garland’s statement, Trump continued to claim that his attorneys “cooperated fully” and had developed “very good relationships” with federal investigators ahead of Monday’s search in Mar-a-Lago.
The search warrant had been approved by a federal court, Garland said.
“It’s a federal crime to erroneously remove classified documents. So if you fill out that affidavit and you have to list the crime, you can list that as a crime,” said Elie Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor and a CNN senior legal officer. analyst, following the search warrant.
This story was updated Friday with additional information.
Tierney Sneed, Evan Perez, Hannah Rabinowitz and Zachary Cohen of CNN contributed to this report.