Former US President Donald Trump may have concealed documents during an FBI search of his property in June, Department of Justice officials say.
In a court filing, the department said “efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation”.
They alleged agents were “explicitly prohibited” from searching a storage room at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago mansion.
Other records were likely “concealed and removed” from a storage room, the officials said.
The 54-page filing was released on Tuesday, before a court hearing on Thursday.
In it, Justice Department counterintelligence chief, Jay Bratt, said the FBI were able to recover a number of classified documents that Mr Trump’s team had not handed over, despite previous requests.
“That the FBI, in a matter of hours, recovered twice as many documents with classification markings as the ‘diligent search’ that the former president’s counsel and other representatives had weeks to perform…casts doubt on the extent of cooperation in…