High-Ranking House Dems Request National Security Risk Assessment After Mar-A-Lago Sweep
House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) have requested a national security damage assessment from intelligence officials regarding Donald Trump’s mishandling of classified documents after the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
Trump and his allies have been fruitlessly fighting against the federal investigation into whether he violated the Espionage Act by removing classified documents from the White House which never should have been taken from the SCIF where he was allowed to view them. On Friday, Trump posted on his social media platform, Truth Social, that the material stashed at Mar-A-Lago “was all declassified” and insisted that “they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it at any time.” The DOJ disputes Trump’s claims, rebutting that they’ve been in pursuit of the full amount of documents he took since January of this year.
— (((Tara Dublin))) (@taradublinrocks) August 11, 2022
The FBI removed 11 sets of classified information, including: “Various classified/TS/SCI documents” (referring to documents containing “top secret” or “sensitive compartmented information”), 21 boxes of “miscellaneous confidential documents,” “miscellaneous secret documents” or “miscellaneous top secret documents,” the executive grant of clemency for Trump’s associate Roger Stone, “Info re: President of France,” a leatherbound box of documents, two binders of photos, and a handwritten note.
Committee Chairs Maloney and Schiff ask Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines to assess the potentially grave damage due to intelligence leaks that included nuclear secrets.
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) August 13, 2022
In their letter to DNI Haines, Reps. Schiff and Maloney said that the “unauthorized disclosure of Top Secret information” would “cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.”
Update: Schiff and House Oversight Committee Chair @RepMaloney write to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines “requesting an immediate review and damage assessment” on the docs found at Mar-a-Lago, as well as a classified briefing on the assessment ASAP. https://t.co/FcVhvmHAyM pic.twitter.com/XxIIO3FN3n
— Emma Loop (@LoopEmma) August 13, 2022
“In addition, at least one report indicates that FBI’s investigation focused in part on highly classified documents “relating to nuclear weapons,” which are among our nation’s most closely guarded secrets,” the letter added. “If this report is true, it is hard to overstate the national security danger that could emanate from the reckless decision to remove and retain this material.”
First major oversight step by House panels into the matter
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) August 13, 2022