A Justice Department investigation continues into whether White House documents were illegally mishandled when they were brought to the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after Donald Trump left office. A federal grand jury in Washington has enlisted and interviewed potential witnesses to uncover how Trump handled the documents.
In August, the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort as part of an investigation into the president’s handling of documents, including classified documents brought there.
The National Archives, which is charged with collecting and sorting presidential material, previously said that at least 15 boxes of White House records had been recovered from Mar-a-Lago, including some classified records.
Legal experts told CNN that any unauthorized retention or destruction of White House documents could violate a criminal law that prohibits the removal or destruction of official government records.
Among the items seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago were clemency requests, health care documents, IRS forms and paperwork that appears to be related to the 2020 election, according to a Justice Department list that was made public.
The archive also contained explicit communications about Trump’s business relationship, including a confidential settlement agreement between the PGA and Trump Golf, as well as an email accepting Trump’s resignation from SAG, or the Screen Actors Guild.
Full details of the documents are not available, but taken together, the list offers a glimpse into the thousands of documents Trump kept at his Florida residence and resort after his presidency, and which the FBI seized from the beach club. was removed.