Thursday, December 8

What are the types of classified documents? Levels, examples explained


Last week, the FBI searched former president Donald Trump’s private residence at Mar-a-Lago looking for classified documents they believe Trump took from office. The unsealing of the FBI’s search warrant revealed a potential case against former President Trump for the mishandling of classified information, including records concerning nuclear weapons.

These are not the only documents Trump is said to have brought from the Oval Office to his private residence. The National Archives and Records Administration reported in February that in accordance with the Presidential Records Act they had to retrieve a number of White House records Trump was holding at Mar-a-Lago.

But what exactly is a classified document and what is its purpose? When (and why) is a document declassified and who can declassify it? Here is more about the government’s multi-level process for safeguarding top secret information.


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