Multiple sources familiar with the investigation say the Justice Department and the FBI trusted the former president Donald Trump continued to hold sensitive classified documents that had National Security The implications and additional information came in recent weeks to suggest that Trump was not complying with requests to provide information that the Justice Department believed he had.
The information was so sensitive that the authorities wanted to take possession of it immediately.
Additional sources tell ABC News that part of the information investigators were looking for was material labeled “exclusive access”, which is content accessible only by the highest level of security clearance that is available only to a specific limited number of individuals.
Multiple sources tell ABC News that federal investigators have questioned several individuals close to the former president about these materials, including some former White House officials as well as some members of his current staff.
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