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Special Counsel Jack Smith working to wrap up Mar-a-Lago classified records investigation: Source

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

The person told Fox News Digital that Special Counsel Jack Smith has been working for weeks to close the investigation. It is unclear when Smith will release the findings of the investigation or if he intends to prosecute Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reported that Smith had completed interviews with nearly all Mar-a-Lago employees, including political aides and other staff, and held numerous grand jury interviews in recent weeks.

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

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Secret Service agents and security guards guard former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida, USA on March 31, 2023. (Reuters/Riccardo Arduengo)

Attorney General Merrick Garland has appointed Justice Department official Smith as a special counsel to investigate allegations that President Trump improperly stored sensitive records during his presidency at his Mar-a-Lago home.

Smith was appointed after the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) claimed that Trump had taken 15 boxes of presidential records, and the FBI filed a Mar-a-Law in connection with a Justice Department investigation into the matter. It was in November, shortly after a raid on Trump’s private residence in Lago. his private residence in Florida.

The boxes allegedly contained “classified national security information” and official correspondence between President Trump and foreign leaders.

Every administration official has testified before a House committee since President Reagan misplaced classified records

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

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

Former US President Donald Trump arrives to deliver a speech at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, USA, Tuesday, April 4, 2023. (Eva Marie Uzkategi/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

President Trump said earlier this year that the National Archives did not “find” the documents, but that they were “provided upon request.” A source close to the former president said the former president cooperated and the raid “was not necessary.”

The classified documents reportedly seized by the FBI during Monday’s raid included a letter from former President Barack Obama to Trump, a letter from Kim Jong Un, a birthday dinner menu and cocktail napkins.

Smith also took over the Justice Department investigation into the Capitol riots on January 6, 2021. In that role, he investigated whether Trump or other officials obstructed the peaceful transition of power after the 2020 presidential election, including Electoral College certification. vote on that day.

President Biden is currently under investigation by a special counsel for allegedly improperly retaining classified records of the Obama administration. Former Vice President Pence also kept classified records in his home, but the matter is 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 Traynor Jr./Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Every administration since Reagan has mishandled classified material, officials said. National Archives and Records Administration.

The officials testified that the NARA “was not aware of any gaps in classified information” during its investigation of President Trump’s presidential records, but rather “was aware of gaps in the record.”

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The official said NARA first reached out to the Trump team after officials realized they were missing a “high-profile item” from the Trump administration.

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