According to two sources familiar with the situation, important documents detailing Russia’s involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election were reported missing from a binder before the end of the Trump administration and have not yet been found.
The material included raw intelligence that risks revealing sources and methods, and was of such concern to U.S. intelligence officials that members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were briefed on it last year, one of the sources familiar with the matter said.
According to a second source, it is uncertain whether the information was an official document or, more likely, a compilation of items assembled by allies of former President Trump within the administration.
The initial report by CNN revealed that there was missing information regarding the Russia investigation.
During the end of his presidency, Trump was reportedly urging his allies to gather information on the Russia investigation, according to a third source. This included intelligence from a binder, as well as various documents related to the handling of the investigation by the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice, which were shared among the president’s close advisors.
The ex-president has often shown his disapproval of the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and the Trump campaign.
During the last moments of his term, as he prepared to leave office,
President Trump gave permission to the Department of Justice to release a group of documents.
Concerning the investigation into his campaign’s interactions with Russia in 2016, it is unknown if the unspecified information was included.
The previous president is still being affected by the way the Trump administration managed confidential documents.
He is charged with 40 felony offenses.
The individual is accused of keeping documents after he left his position and impeding the government’s attempts to retrieve them. The trial for this federal case will take place in Florida next year.
The Director of National Intelligence’s office did not provide a comment.
George Terwilliger, who represents Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff at the White House, responded with a negative answer via text when questioned by CBS News on Friday about whether Meadows had ever taken a binder like the missing one home with him.
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