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At Trump’s Florida home, the FBI discovered more than 11,000 official documents.

According to court filings that were unsealed on Friday, the FBI found more than 11,000 official documents and pictures during its search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort on August 8. It also discovered 48 empty files marked “classified.”

One day after hearing oral arguments from Trump’s attorneys and the Justice Department’s top two counterintelligence prosecutors about whether she should appoint a special master to conduct a privilege review of the seized materials at Trump’s request, US District Judge Aileen Cannon in West Palm Beach unsealed the documents.

Cannon said she would agree to unseal two records submitted by the Justice Department but she deferred making a decision right now on whether to choose a special master.

Trump’s appointment of William Barr, a former US attorney general, raised concerns about the value of such a choice. In an interview with Fox News, Barr stated, “I think at this level, since they’ve (the FBI) already gone through the records, I think it’s a waste of time” to have a special master.

Barr, who resigned from his position in late December 2020, angered Trump by refusing to support his erroneous assertions that the presidential election had been rigged against him.

Barr also stated in the interview that he did not see any “legitimate rationale” for Trump to keep confidential documents at his Florida residence.

Added he, “I’ll be honest: I don’t believe Trump when he says, “I declassified everything.” Because, firstly, I find it highly improbable, and secondly, because declaring, “I hereby declassify everything in here,” while standing over a number of boxes without really knowing what was inside would be such an abuse and display of carelessness that it would be almost as bad as stealing the documents.”

As part of its ongoing criminal investigation into whether Trump improperly retained national defence information and attempted to obstruct the investigation, the FBI discovered 33 boxes and other items inside of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. One of the records, which was made public on Friday, gives a little more information about these items.

It demonstrates how classified materials occasionally mixed with other items like books, periodicals, and newspaper clippings.Unidentified presents and apparel items were also discovered.

According to a Reuters count of the government’s inventory, of the more than 11,000 documents and images, 18 were marked as “top secret,” 54 as “secret,” and 31 as “confidential.”

The highest classification level, “top secret,” is reserved for the most closely guarded secrets in the nation.

Additionally, there were 90 empty folders, 48 of which had the label “classified,” while the labels on the remaining folders said they needed to be given back to the staff secretary/military aide.

It’s unclear why the folders were empty or if any records might have been lost.

The Justice Department filed a three-page update with the court regarding the progress of its investigative team’s examination of the seized documents as the second document to be made public.

In that document, dated August 30, it was stated that detectives will continue their inquiry and speak with other witnesses after conducting a preliminary examination of the information they had obtained.

If Cannon consents to appoint a special master to enter and carry out an impartial third-party assessment of the seized records, the Justice Department’s criminal investigation might be suspended.

Even if a special master is chosen, Cannon said during Thursday’s hearing that she would be open to allowing American intelligence authorities to continue studying the documents as part of their national security damage assessment.

When the FBI attempted to recover secret materials from Trump’s home in June, the Justice Department had claimed in court filings that it had evidence to support this claim.

Trump cannot claim executive privilege, a legal theory that can be used to hide some presidential communications, because the records in question do not belong to him. According to the Justice Department, Trump should not be appointed a special master.