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FBI found White House files in Trump’s office basement and closet

  • The FBI seized official White House documents from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on August 8.
  • Investigators walked away with 26 boxes of files, several of which were filled with classified documents, according to an NYT report.
  • More than 300 documents marked classified have been recovered since Trump left office.

Federal investigators found batches of sensitive official White House files in the basement of Mar-a-Lago and in the closet of Donald Trump’s office, according to The New York Times.

The publication reported Monday that Trump and his aides returned about 150 classified documents to the National Archives and Records Administration, even before the FBI raided the former president’s home in Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 8.

Since the raid this month, Justice Department officials have recovered 26 boxes of documents, including 11 sets classified as classified. One set of documents contained top secret information, according to the Times.

It’s not immediately clear how these documents are traditionally stored at the White House or how they would be stored at the National Archives, but several people familiar with the investigation told The Times that the FBI found documents in a container that was in a Trump closet. Desk.

Another set of documents was in the storage area in the basement of Mar-a-Lago.

Two former White House officials tasked with representing the former president to the National Archives were contacted by the agency and attempted to get the documents returned, according to the newspaper. But Trump dismissed their efforts, calling the boxes of documents “mines,” three advisers told the outlet.

The Presidential Archives Act stipulates that all official documents remain the property of the government and must be turned over to the National Archives upon the departure of a president.

Neither a DOJ spokesperson nor a Trump representative responded to Insider’s request for comment.