Special Counsel Jack Smith is working to complete the investigation into classified Mar-a-Lago files: source

The special counsel investigating the alleged improper storage of former President Trump’s classified documents in Mar-a-Lago is working to complete his investigation, a source familiar with the investigation told Fox News Digital.

The source told Fox News Digital that Special Counsel Jack Smith has been working for weeks to complete the investigation. It’s unclear when Smith will announce his findings or if he plans to prosecute Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Smith has conducted interviews with nearly all of Mar-a-Lago’s employees, including senior political advisers and other employees, and has conducted numerous grand jury interviews in recent weeks.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Fox News Digital’s request for comment.


A Secret Service agent and a security guard guard the home of former US President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago

A Secret Service agent and a security guard guard former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, the United States, March 31, 2023. (REUTERS/Ricardo Arduengo)

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed Smith, a Justice Department official, as a special counsel to investigate Trump’s alleged improper storage of classified documents from his presidency at his home in Mar-a-Lago.

Smith was appointed in November, shortly after the FBI searched Trump’s private residence in Mar-a-Lago in connection with the Justice Department’s investigation into the matter, after the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) claimed Trump had 15 boxes of presidential files took away his personal residence in Florida.

These boxes allegedly contained “secret national security information” and official correspondence between Trump and foreign heads of state.

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NARA told Congress that the agency recovered the 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago and “identified within the boxes items marked as classified national security information.” The matter was referred by NARA to the Department of Justice.

Former US President Donald Trump arrives to give a speech at the Mar-a-Lago Club.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump arrives for a speech at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, Tuesday, April 4, 2023. (Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Trump said this year that the National Archives did not “found” the documents, but that they were “turned over upon request.” Sources close to the former president said he was cooperating and there was “no need” for the raid.

Classified information reportedly seized by the FBI in Monday’s raid included a letter from former President Obama to Trump, a letter from Kim Jong Un, a birthday menu and a cocktail napkin.

Smith also assumed responsibility for the Justice Department investigation into the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. In that capacity, he investigated whether Trump or other officials interfered with the peaceful transfer of power after the 2020 presidential election, including the certification of the Electoral College voting that day.

A special investigator is also currently investigating President Biden for allegedly inadmissibly storing secret documents belonging to the Obama administration. Former Vice President Pence also had confidential documents at his home, a matter under investigation by the Justice Department.

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Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago

Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

According to officials, every administration since President Reagan has mishandled classified material National Archives and Archives Administration.

Officials testified that in reviewing Trump’s presidential files, NARA was “not aware of missing classified information” but “was aware of missing documentation.”


The official said NARA’s initial contact with the Trump team came after officials realized they were missing “highly visible items” from the Trump administration.

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