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Haines says intelligence officials to assess national security risks from Mar-a-Lago documents: reports

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An aerial view of former President Donald Trumps Mar-a-Lago estate sometimes appears, Aug. 10, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

Intelligence officials in the Biden administration will review the national risk of security posed by top-secret documents held at the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Trump.

Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines sent a letter to two Democratic representatives on Friday, obtained by Politico, noting that intelligence would measure the risk caused by potential disclosure of the classified information in the documents.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) and any office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) will work together to facilitate a classification overview of relevant materials, including those recovered through the search, wrote Haines to accommodate Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) and House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).

The letter was written shortly following the release of a redacted version of the search affidavit filed by the FBI before officers raided Trumps Mar-a-Lago resort.

The affidavit stated that reports indicated there may be proof obstruction at Mar-a-Lago, justifying a seek out the documents.

Haines told Maloney and Schiff that intelligence officials assessment of national risk of security wouldn’t normally unduly hinder DOJs ongoing criminal investigation.

We have been pleased that in reaction to our inquiry, Director Haines has confirmed that the Intelligence Community and Department of Justice are assessing the damage due to the improper storage of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, both lawmakers told Politico on Saturday.

It is important that the IC move swiftly to assess and, if necessary, to mitigate the damage done an activity which should proceed in parallel with DOJs criminal investigation.

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