According to a report from the Washington Post President Trump may have declassified some of the material found in his Mar-a-Lago home. Late on Tuesday, the Washington post disclosed that according to an anonymous source some of the seized material by the FBI on August 8 included documents on nuclear-defense readiness of a foreign government.
Some of the materials acquired are believed to have been so sensitive that to access them one would have needed special clearance from the president, the cabinet, or near-cabinet-level officials.
However, the source did not disclose which country the documents concern. During the Mar-a-Lago FBI raid, there were over 100 classified documents seized.
Kyle Cheney, the senior legal affairs reporter for Politico, shared the article while also pointing out that former President Trump has maintained that the documents at Mar-a-Lago had been declassified.
This would mean as Cheney pointed out, that Trump would have declassified extremely sensitive information relating to another nation’s nuclear capabilities.
While the claim made by Trump is disputed, whether classified or declassified would not matter in the case of this information. Currently, there are eight countries other than the U.S. which are believed to have Nuclear Power. These are the U.K., France, India, Pakistan, Russia, China, and North Korea. Israel is also believed to possibly have nuclear power however this has never been acknowledged or verified.
Trump’s team has also maintained the claim that all documents removed from the Oval office had at the time of their removal been declassified.