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Some of the “top secret” documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate had such a specific security classification that FBI agents and federal prosecutors had to get special clearance just to see them, the latest said. filing with the Department of Justice.

A photo of some of the materials recovered from Trump’s “office 45” at the Florida property shows white documents with colored cover sheets indicating their classified status — including “Top Secret” and “Secret.”

Some of the documents shown in the image, which was included in the department’s filing late Tuesday, also had the less familiar designation “TS/SCI,” short for sensitive classified information.

“Classification levels ranged from CONFIDENTIAL to TOP SECRET information, and some documents included additional sensitive compartments that meant very limited distribution,” the DOJ filing said.

“In some cases, even FBI counterintelligence personnel and Justice Department attorneys conducting the review required additional clearances before being allowed to review certain documents.”

Some documents taken from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago during the FBI raid were labeled "Top Secret."
Some documents taken from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence during the FBI raid were labeled “Top Secret.”
Robert Mechea

Here’s a breakdown of the security classifications:

Top Secret

This is the highest level of classification and refers to information that could cause “extremely serious damage to national security” if released.

Information that can be classified as top secret includes nuclear codes or details provided by a sensitive human source – also known as a spy.

The president and agency heads are among the few who can officially classify material as top secret.

Documents seized in the raid with color-coded frames indicating their classified status.
Documents seized in the raid with color-coded borders indicating their classified status.
Department of Justice via AP

A secret

This classification refers to information that would potentially cause “serious” damage to national security if released.

Confidential

This is the lowest category of classified information currently in use. The unauthorized release of such material could be expected to cause some harm to national security.

Sensitive shared information

Some of the documents seized in the raid were marked TS/SCI, which refers to top secret sensitive information.

FBI agents and federal prosecutors had to get special permission to see some of the documents stored at Mar-a-Lago.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors had to get special permission to see some of the documents stored at Mar-a-Lago.
REUTERS/Marco Bello/File photo

This is not considered a separate level of classification, but instead may refer to a program or the manner in which the information was collected, such as intercepted communications from intelligence sources.

Not everyone with a Top Secret clearance can access TS/SCI documents.

In all, more than 100 documents with classification markings were found in boxes of materials seized by the FBI during the Aug. 8 raid — more than double the amount found during a search of the property in June, federal prosecutors said.