A Trump lawyer said a current aide's laptop turned in to federal investigators contained a copy of a classified folder, report says

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  • Former President Trump's lawyer turned in a laptop belonging to a former aide, outlets reported.

  • The lawyer reportedly told federal agents the computer contained a folder with classification markings.

  • Sources told CNN the aide did not realize the documents were classified.

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump discovered more classified materials in January and gave them to federal investigators, multiple reports say.

Among the materials turned in were papers with classified markings, an empty folder with classified markings, and the laptop of one of Trump's aides, multiple news outlets reported.

The classified documents were discovered at Mar-a-Lago, but not in the area where Trump stored the batch of materials seized during the August search of his home by FBI agents, ABC News reported.

Sources told ABC News that James Trusty, Trump's attorney, told federal investigators that classified materials had been electronically copied onto the laptop of the aide. The aide apparently did not know that they had scanned classified materials onto their laptop, sources told CNN. 

ABC News was the first to break the news of additional documents being turned over on Friday.

Trump is being investigated by Jack Smith, the DOJ special counsel, after hundreds of documents were discovered in Trump's Mar-a-Lago home after he left office in 2021. Smith reportedly subpoenaed former Vice President Mike Pence, although sources told The New York Times it was for his investigation into Trump's role during the January 6, 2021 insurrection.

Classified documents have also been found in the homes of Pence and President Joe Biden, and the DOJ is scrutinizing their cases.

A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

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