The U.S. government retrieved more than 300 classified documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home this year, according to a new report.
The New York Times reported late Monday that the initial batch of documents retrieved by the National Archives in January included 150 documents marked classified, with the rest being retrieved in June and during the FBI search earlier this month of Trump’s Florida residence.
The number of classified documents had not been previously reported, and the Times said the sheer volume may explain why the Justice Department moved so strongly in August to recover any additional documents.
The Times added that the fact that there were so many classified documents remaining after multiple government requests to return them suggested Trump was not cooperating and was handling them in a cavalier way.
Earlier Monday, Trump’s lawyers asked a federal judge to appoint a special master to review the seized documents, which Trump claims are private and protected by executive privilege, even though he was no longer president.