US intelligence chief tells Congress she’s conducting a damage assessment of documents taken
“The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) are working together to facilitate a classification review of relevant materials, including those recovered during the search,” Haines wrote in her letter to House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff and House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney.
Several members of Congress have called for an intelligence damage assessment of the documents.
Maloney and Schiff said in a joint statement that they were “pleased” that Haines has launched the intelligence damage assessment of classified documents found at Trump’s home in Florida.
The two chairs, who had called for the assessment after the FBI searched Trump’s home earlier this month, also said that the assessment must move “swiftly.”
The DOJ sought the warrant after the National Archives engaged in a protracted monthslong effort to retrieve documents taken from Trump’s White House to Mar-a-Lago. After the Archives organized the return of 15 boxes of presidential materials from Mar-a-Lago in January, it referred the matter to the Justice Department for a criminal investigation.
In May, FBI agents reviewed the 15 boxes provided to the National Archives, and the search warrant affidavit details the amount of classified material that was found.
According to the affidavit, a “preliminary review” of the 15 boxes revealed that 184 documents contained classified markings, “including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL, 92 documents marked as SECRET, and 25 documents marked as TOP SECRET.”