DOJ asks if Trump kept documents at other properties

  • The Justice Department is looking into whether Trump kept documents at any of his other properties besides Mar-a-Lago.
  • Rolling Stone said Friday that investigators have asked witnesses about Trump Tower and his golf club.
  • The FBI is questioning former Trump associates after the August raid at Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department is asking witnesses whether former President Donald Trump was known to keep sensitive government documents at any of his other properties after federal investigators seized 11 sets of classified files from his Mar-a-Lago residence in August, according to Rolling Stone.

The report on Friday cited two people familiar with the matter who said federal investigators are also asking witnesses whether the former president had a habit of moving classified documents from Mar-a-Lago to other Trump properties, including Trump Tower in Manhattan and his private golf course. club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“It was obvious they wanted to know if this went beyond Mar-a-Lago,” an unnamed source told Rolling Stone.

The agency’s questions — directed at multiple witnesses in recent months — could indicate the Justice Department believes Trump’s mishandling of important documents went beyond his privacy at Mar-a-Lago, the agency said, though it is unclear whether the agency has disclosed any evidence.

Neither the Justice Department nor Trump representatives immediately responded to Insider’s request for comment.

The FBI has questioned several former Trump associates in the wake of the Aug. 8 raid as part of its investigation into Trump’s retention of highly sensitive documents. Rolling Stone reported that investigators have specifically zeroed in on Trump’s property in New York and New Jersey on the possibility of additional documents.

The New York Times reported Thursday that the Justice Department believes Trump still has documents from his time in the White House that he has not yet returned, despite an ongoing investigation into the matter. According to the report, Trump and his legal team chose to take a combative approach to the Justice Department in response.

As a special counsel continues his review of documents recovered in August, Trump this week suggested that the legal saga has indeed had a positive effect on his businesses.

“They gave us about $5 billion in free publicity,” Trump said of his Mar-a-Lago resort during a speech Wednesday.

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