House Democrat Speakers Call for DNI Damage Assessment and Presentation of Documents Seized at Mar-a-Lago

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Oversight Chairman Carolyn Maloney have asked April Haines, Director of National Intelligence (DNI), to conduct an immediate review following of the extraordinary search of the home of a former president, according to a letter dated Saturday and obtained by CNN. . The DNI oversees the intelligence community within the executive branch.

“If this report is true, it is difficult to overstate the danger to national security that could arise from the reckless decision to remove and retain this material,” wrote Maloney of New York and Schiff of California.

The FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago on Monday, with officers removing 11 sets of classified documents, some of which were marked as “top secret/SCI” – one of the highest classification levels.

Unsealed court documents released Friday identify three federal crimes the Justice Department is looking at as part of its investigation: Espionage Act violations, obstruction of justice and criminal handling of government records. The inclusion of the crimes indicated that the department had probable cause to investigate these offenses as it was gathering evidence during the search. No one has been charged with a crime.

The letter outlined the House Speakers’ specific requests, including to “direct the National Counterintelligence Executive, in consultation with the Intelligence Community Inspector General and other Inspectors General, as appropriate, to conduct an assessment of damage “.

The letter continued: “Further, we ask that you undertake to provide a proper classified briefing on the conduct of the damage assessment as soon as possible. Even as the Department of Justice’s investigation continues, ensuring that that we take all necessary steps to protect classified information and mitigate the damage to national security caused by its compromise is of critical importance.”

CNN reported earlier Saturday that one of Trump’s lawyers signed a letter in June saying there was no longer any classified information stored at Mar-a-Lago, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The letter signed by the attorney raises new questions about how many people may be legally exposed in the ongoing investigation into the handling of classified documents from Trump’s time at the White House.

Before the FBI search warrant used at Mar-a-Lago was revealed on Friday, Schiff welcomed Attorney General Merrick Garland’s request to unseal it, and Trump’s legal team ultimately agreed to his release. Schiff also said the House Intelligence Committee would decide whether to investigate the FBI’s search at Mar-a-Lago.

“I hope (the unsealing) will give the public some idea of ​​why the Department of Justice made the decision it did. I am confident that Garland considered all factors in making its decision. “, did he declare.

This story has been updated with additional information.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misquoted the letter from Democratic Representatives Carolyn Maloney and Adam Schiff to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines.

CNN’s Marshall Cohen, Rachel Janfaza, Morgan Rimmer, Alex Rogers, Daniella Diaz and Kit Maher contributed to this report.

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