A search of documents commissioned by lawyers for former President Donald Trump revealed two documents with classified marks in a Florida warehouse, two people familiar with the documents told NBC News.
The documents were recently found at a facility not far from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and turned over to the FBI, the sources said, confirming a report in The Washington Post on Wednesday.
The discovery comes nearly four months after FBI agents executed a search warrant at Trump’s Florida residence and found more than 100 documents with classification marks, some of which were classified as top secret.
The search came after the federal government issued a subpoena in May demanding the return of all documents marked classified that left the White House with Trump. In June, lawyers for the former president told the Justice Department in a letter that all documents bearing classification marks had been returned.
Trump lawyers have hired an outside firm to carry out searches last month in the warehouse and other places. The storage unit where the new documents were found was in West Palm Beach. The nature of the documents has not been revealed. One of the sources said Trump never entered the storage facility.
The FBI declined to comment. Trump’s representatives also did not immediately return requests for comment.
Trump’s office had arranged with the Federal General Services Administration to have six pallets of boxes moved from a storage facility in Virginia to West Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago in July 2021, according to the GSA emails previously obtained by NBC News. The pallets were delivered in August 2021, including four to the warehouse and two to Mar-a-Lago, according to the emails.
The Justice Department has been conducting what it describes as an active criminal investigation into whether White House documents found at Mar-a-Lago were mishandled as well as possible obstruction of justice.
The discovery of the new documents is further evidence that Trump and his team have not fully complied with a grand jury subpoena issued in May requesting all documents marked classified still in their possession.
Trump denied any wrongdoing and alternately claimed that the documents were his personal property and that he had declassified all documents in his possession.