As with many new news, the chairman and deputy chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee sent a private letter to top intelligence officials and the Justice Department asking for more information about the unprecedented FBI search at Mar-a-Lago last week.
The letter, sent Sunday to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines and Attorney General Merrick Garland, called for a specific analysis of any national security threats arising from the mishandling of classified documents and the information seized.
The request came after it was revealed that 11 sets of confidential information, including confidential and top-secret documents, were seized from former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort.
The letter, first reported by Axios, is trying to get to the heart of the reasoning behind the discovery which Garland said he personally approved of.
A spokeswoman for Warner, Rachel Cohen, said the Senate Intelligence Committee charged with overseeing counterintelligence cases has been accused of misrepresenting and misrepresenting classified information that appears to be at the core of the March e Lago search.
Warner and Rubio’s letter is the first bipartisan outreach to Congress asking for more information from the finding. Other House committees have requested information about the fuel behind the finding, and those appeals were led by Democrats.
Reps Carolyn Maloney D-NY and Adam Schiff D-Calif., chair of the House Oversight and Intelligence committees, respectively, sent a letter over the weekend asking them to do a damage assessment on classified information recovered from Haynes.
Attorney General Garland claimed that there was a substantial public interest in the execution of the warrant on President Trump. The Intelligence Committee has asked the Justice Department to share with us the specific intelligence documents seized from Mar-a-Lago on a classified basis. Rubio said through a spokesperson.
Rubio also sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting a meeting to discuss the discovery. The search of Trump’s Florida residence reacted to claims by both Republican allies that the investigation was a political effort.
There is concern over the handling of classified information found at Mar-a-Lago, an assortment of sensitive compartment information material that sometimes contains nuclear secrets. More: The results of the Mar-a-Lago raids come months before the midterm elections. Safe place only.
Trump has offered several explanations on the finding, saying evidence was put forward that he had unclassified documents before leaving the White House and that documents obtained by the FBI were protected under attorney-client and executive privileges.