WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The FBI has interviewed Donald Trump’s former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone and his deputy in its investigation into confidential documents stored in the former president’s home, a source familiar with the situation said on Tuesday.
It’s unclear when Cipollone was spoken to, while his deputy, Patrick Philbin, was interviewed in the spring, according to the New York Times, which previously reported the news.
During an Aug. 8 search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, FBI agents removed classified documents, including some marked top secret, the Justice Department said.
The search was carried out as part of an investigation into whether the documents were illegally removed from the White House after Republican Trump left office in January 2021 following his election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Trump has said the records were “all declassified” and placed in “secure storage.”
A representative for Cipollone and Philbin did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
(Reporting by Steve Holland, Writing by Costas Pitas; Editing by Scott Malone and Grant McCool)