The Washington Post says intelligence officers were looking for documents containing nuclear-related information that could “fall into the wrong hands”. There is no indication that these documents have been found.

Donald Trump is the subject of an FBI investigation into the illegal possession of classified documents. Brendan Smialowski/AFP

Just three days after the highly publicized search of Donald Trump’s home in Florida, the reasons for this visit are slowly becoming clear. According to the Washington Post, citing unnamed but “close to the investigation” sources, the FBI agents were notably looking for classified documents relating to nuclear weapons.

Until then, the doubt leaned more in favor of a search linked to the involvement of the former president in the assault on the capitol in January 2020. But the article in the American daily explains that this “unusual search” is especially linked to “the deep concern of government officials” at the possibility that this nuclear information “falls into the wrong hands”. Documents relating to nuclear weapons are particularly sensitive and should only be accessible to a limited number of members of the government in office.

Uncertainty still hangs over the precise purpose of these documents: the sources interviewed by the Washington Post “did not specify whether they were weapons belonging to the United States or to another nation”. Above all, they “did not specify whether such documents had been recovered as part of the search”, supports the article.

Donald Trump’s spokesperson like the Department of Justice or the FBI “declined to comment”. But the public could quickly know the official reasons for this search: Merrick Garland, the Minister of Justice, announced Thursday that he had asked a Florida judge to make public the warrant which authorized the FBI to search the residence of the former President.

During a short televised intervention, the Minister indeed confirmed that he had “personally approved the decision to request a search warrant”, before explaining that, according to him, this case was of “important public interest” which required detailing the reasons for such a raid. A way also to respond to the criticisms made by Donald Trump, according to which this visit by FBI agents is political and unjustified.

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