Adam Schiff’s ‘confident’ Congress to be briefed by intelligence officials on Trump search

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam B. Schiff said he was confident Sunday that members of Congress will be informed by the intelligence community of any potential national security risks posed by classified documents recovered by the FBI at former President Trump’s home in South Florida.

The California Democrat said he expects to receive the information as part of a routine damage assessment by the director of national intelligence that falls under the panel’s jurisdiction, but his request for details did not. still received a response.

“I’m confident we’ll get one and I’m confident the intelligence community will do a damage assessment which I think is quite common where there has been a potential risk of disclosure of national security information or classified information,” Mr. Schiff said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “What is, to me, most troubling here is the extent to which…this appears to be voluntary, on [Trump’s] on the other hand, the preservation of these documents after the government has requested them. This adds another layer of concern.

After serving a search warrant, which was unsealed, last week on Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, FBI agents recovered 11 sets of highly classified documents which, according to lawyers for the former President, were not in their possession. The Justice Department is investigating Mr. Trump for potential violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and deletion or destruction of documents.

The unprecedented search of a former president’s private residence sparked a political firestorm in Washington, with Democrats demanding to know what sensitive information Mr Trump was holding and Republicans accusing the Biden administration of ‘weaponizing’ the DOJ against an enemy politics and calling for the FBI to be defunded.

The Washington Post reported that among the documents seized was information relating to nuclear weapons programs.

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On his Truth Social social media platform, Mr Trump called the “raid” a “hoax and scam” and denied any wrongdoing.

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