Donald Trump investigation: Empty classified folders seized during FBI Mar-a-Lago raid

In addition to records labeled as 'top secret,' 'secret' and 'confidential,' there were also empty folders.

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A federal court in West Palm Beach on Friday unsealed more documents tied to the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

One of the records provides more detail about the 33 boxes and other items the FBI found inside Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, as part of its ongoing criminal investigation into whether he illegally retained national defence information and tried to obstruct the probe.

It shows that documents with classification markings were mixed with other items such as books, magazines and clippings from newspapers.

Mar-a-Lago
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A redacted FBI photograph of documents and classified cover sheets recovered from a container stored in former U.S. president Donald Trump's Florida estate.
A redacted FBI photograph of documents and classified cover sheets recovered from a container stored in former U.S. president Donald Trump's Florida estate.

In addition to records labeled as "top secret," "secret" and "confidential," there were also empty folders.

Some empty folders had a banner marked "classified", while others indicated that they should be "returned to staff secretary/military aide".

In total, there were 18 records marked as "top secret" - the highest classification level reserved for the country's most closely-held secrets.

Addressing the raid on Truth Social, Trump claimed he had not done anything wrong, saying: "We were essentially attacked. We were broken into,"

“They opened up safes, they brought safecrackers in. They brought many, many FBI agents in, all right before the midterms and all when I have the best poll numbers I've ever had."