The Healthy Way
Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home's issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey's one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won't rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won't have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Howell, it's no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.
The Healthy Way Difference
At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won't be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren't like anybody else's, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won't find any "one-size-fits-all" solutions here, and we wouldn't have it any other way.
- Best warranties in the industry
- Free initial inspection
- Full-service basement waterproofing
- Mold remediation
- Foundation repair
- Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation
Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.
Waterproofing Services in New Jersey
With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can't handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We're talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home's value and your family's health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:
- Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
- Mildew residue
- Water stains on your foundation's walls and floors
- Erosion of your concrete
- Mineral deposits found on pipes
- Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
- Pooling water around your foundation's interior
- Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
Basement Waterproofing in Howell
Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn't in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement's water-related problems.
Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.
Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.
Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:
- Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
- Basement flooding
- Loss of valuables
- Serious water damage to your home's walls and floors
- Decrease in home value
Don't wait to address the moisture developing in your basement - call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.
What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?
It's easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don't know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Howell:
The "Clay Bowl" Effect
It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or "bowl" effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.
This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.
How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs
Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:
- Sump pumps
- Perimeter drainage systems
- Doorway drainage systems
- High-strength washer hoses
- Floor and wall crack repair
- Replacement windows
- Flood protection for your water heater
When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home's value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.
The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process
Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a "prevention over repair" mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We're not in the business of putting a "Band-Aid" on your water problem - we want to fix your issue completely, so you don't have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:
Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don't usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.
Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home's foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren't clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home's foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.
One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you're thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn't retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it's best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.
WHICH WATERPROOFING SOLUTION IS RIGHT FOR ME?
Because every home is different, it's hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor's. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you're having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.Contact Us
GET IT DONE RIGHT, THE FIRST TIME
Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won't do the work!
If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.
Don't let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!
Latest News in Howell, NJ
Hearing On Fire District Share Of Howell Dispatch Upgrades Planned
HOWELL, NJ — The Howell Township Council will meet twice this week, both for a public hearing and then for adoption of $4.160 million in bonds for Howell fire districts' share of improvements to the township emergency communications equipment.On Tuesday, Dec. 13, there is a public hearing on the bond for "various improvements to the township's communications infrastructure."The improvement would benefit the township, the borough of Farmingdale and Howell fire districts, the ordinance says.Adoption of the ...
HOWELL, NJ — The Howell Township Council will meet twice this week, both for a public hearing and then for adoption of $4.160 million in bonds for Howell fire districts' share of improvements to the township emergency communications equipment.
On Tuesday, Dec. 13, there is a public hearing on the bond for "various improvements to the township's communications infrastructure."
The improvement would benefit the township, the borough of Farmingdale and Howell fire districts, the ordinance says.
Adoption of the ordinance is planned for a special meeting via Zoom on Friday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m., the township said in a notice.
Check for updates on the township agendas site for information on joining that meeting.
Interim Township Manager Joseph A. Clark said the Township Council already passed an ordinance (22-65) on Nov. 22 that paid for the township’s portion of the total $6 million project.
The ordinance being considered this week (22-64), which covers the fire districts’ portion of the bond ($4.160 million), will be up for public hearing on Tuesday and a vote by the Township Council at the special meeting Friday.
The Local Finance Board is hearing an application on the fire districts’ bond ordinance on Dec. 14, which is why the council needs to wait to vote on the ordinance until Dec. 16, Clark added.
In a special Oct. 29 fire district election, voters approved the bonds for improvements to the emergency communications infrastructure.
The bonds will fund projects and equipment to ensure that the township is part of the state's Interoperable Communication System, while ensuring that emergency dispatch remains local, Clark said prior to the election.
"County dispatch is an excellent resource, but Howell is moving forward with the state system, and has been heading in that direction for at least the past year," he said.
Projects approved under referendum include:
The entire estimated cost of the project is expected to be $5.87 million dollars, Clark said.
The township and fire districts will share the expenses of the project, based upon the equipment each fire district and township department requires.
The township’s total share is estimated at $1.8 million dollars, and the fire districts' shares are estimated to be roughly $4.2 million dollars total, Clark said previously.
He added that the township already has about $1.5 million in funds available under a prior Monmouth County Improvement Authority bond issue, and each individual fire district’s share is based upon the equipment needed for the district.
Christmas, Hanukkah Events In Howell
Look for tree and menorah lightings, light shows and more in the Howell and Farmingdale area.HOWELL, NJ — There is no shortage of things to do in the Howell area to get the winter holiday season off to a rollicking good start.Christmas and Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, intersect this year, with Hanukkah running Dec. 18-26. Christmas, of course, is on Dec. 25, but you don’t have to wait to start taking in all the sights and sounds of the holidays.Holiday tree and menorah lightings in the...
Look for tree and menorah lightings, light shows and more in the Howell and Farmingdale area.
HOWELL, NJ — There is no shortage of things to do in the Howell area to get the winter holiday season off to a rollicking good start.
Christmas and Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival of lights, intersect this year, with Hanukkah running Dec. 18-26. Christmas, of course, is on Dec. 25, but you don’t have to wait to start taking in all the sights and sounds of the holidays.
Holiday tree and menorah lightings in the Howell area include:
Howell Farmers Market Winter Edition: Christmas tree and menorah lighting, Dec. 11, 4:30 to 7 p.m.; Sauer Park at Echo Lake, 1225 Maxim-Southard Road. Shuttle buses at the Howell Commons Shopping Plaza for the lighting event. The market begins at 11 a.m. with various vendors.
Howell: Two fire companies are having Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 11: Ramtown Fire Co. Pancake Breakfast with Santa. 8 am. to 11 a.m., Dec 11. $10 for adults, $5 for children. Free for children under age 3. Free photo. Text 973-420-0437 to reserve, if possible.Adelphia Fire Co., Dec. 11, 8 a.m. to noon. Adults $10, children $6. Adelphia Firehouse, 925 Adelphia Road.
Howell: The Howell Heritage and Historical Society will present an old-fashioned schoolhouse Christmas at the Old Ardena Schoolhouse on Sunday, Dec. 11, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Decorating is done and the Christmas tree is up, as the society prepares for this holiday event, organizers say. Come out to meet Santa and tour the schoolhouse. A selection of items will also be available for purchase to help support on-going refurbishing of the schoolhouse. Built in 1855, the school was originally located across the street from Ardena Baptist Church. It is now at the corner of Old Tavern and Preventorium Roads.
Freehold Borough: Freehold Downtown presents the following events: Holiday Tree lighting, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rain date is Dec. 7. Monmouth County Hall of Records, 1 E. Main St. The menorah lighting is Monday, Dec. 19, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Carolers will be downtown Thursday, Dec. 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There are also restaurants offering breakfast or brunch with Santa. See here for all details.
Englishtown: Historic Village Inn will have photos with Santa Saturday. Dec. 10, Sunday Dec. 11, 1-4 p.m., $15. This benefits Village Inn, 2 Water St., Englishtown. Free cider and donuts will be available.
Holiday lighting displays are another holiday favorite. Some to catch in Monmouth County are:
Allaire Community Farm: Christmas Light Spectacular fundraiser for a sanctuary farm in Wall. There is also a large dreidel display this year. Take in the twinkling lights surrounding the farm as seen from our tractor-pulled holiday wagon as you spend the evening with family and friends. Tickets are $17 for anyone over age 2 and must be purchased online. No walks ups will be accepted. Christmas plants, baked goods, hot chocolate, hot cider and more will also be available for purchase inside the market; 1923 Baileys Corner Road, Wall.
PNC Bank Arts Center: Magic of Lights show through Dec. 30. See website for tickets and times.
More holiday tips:
Look here for suggestions for nearby places to visit Santa. And check out this Patch story to see where to get fresh Christmas trees.
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NJ’s next storm system looks like another mess of rain and snow
Sunday's sloppy, soggy, somewhat snowy storm system pretty much played out as expected. Top snowfall totals were just over 3 inches, around Sussex County in North Jersey. Only sporadic snowflakes were reported south of Interstate 78, as rain significantly dampened spirits.That storm has departed ahead of schedule. And now we fall into a very dry and cold air mass for a few days. Temperatures will run about ...
Sunday's sloppy, soggy, somewhat snowy storm system pretty much played out as expected. Top snowfall totals were just over 3 inches, around Sussex County in North Jersey. Only sporadic snowflakes were reported south of Interstate 78, as rain significantly dampened spirits.
That storm has departed ahead of schedule. And now we fall into a very dry and cold air mass for a few days. Temperatures will run about 5 to 10 degrees below normal.
Now our attention turns to our next storm system. It's a coastal storm — a complicated "nor'easter" setup — that looks to affect New Jersey in the Thursday-Friday time frame. As it stands now, that looks to be another rain and wind machine for most of New Jersey. But these storms are extreme track and temperature dependent — and significant wintry weather will at least end up nearby.
Watch out for slick spots Monday morning, with road conditions ranging from slushy to wet. Early morning temperatures are close to the freezing mark.
I was expecting some lingering showers to start Monday, but radar is already clear. So it will be smooth sailing throughout the day, as skies slowly clear. We should see partial sunshine by the afternoon.
It is going to be a chilly day though, with a high temperature only around 40 degrees. Winds will stay light. And again, the rest of the day should be dry.
As skies go crystal clear and winds go dead calm Monday night, we are set up for a widespread deep freeze. Even coastal and urban areas may drop below that magical 32-degree mark. Look for mid 20s on average across the state by Tuesday morning. The northwest corner of New Jersey will probably dip into the teens. Bundle up!
Quiet, but unseasonably chilly. Look for mostly sunny skies. But again, temperatures will barely reach 40 degrees Tuesday afternoon.
Only little changes. Again, we'll get sunshine and blue skies throughout the day. Clouds will start to fill-in by Wednesday night.
It will be breezy. And dry. And cold. Highs will once again only reach about 40 degrees.
At the very least, our next storm system — a coastal storm, or nor'easter, arriving Thursday — will soak New Jersey with an inch of rain. Or, if the storm track wiggles, putting us on the colder side of the storm, significant snowfall (6+ inches) could be in play. For northwestern New Jersey, at least.
At the moment, model guidance is strongly favoring the wet scenario. (The storm will carry in warm air, pushing temperatures to near 50 in South Jersey on Friday.) However, wintry weather will be nearby, so it's absolutely worth watching.
It is going to become breezy to windy too, with gusts on the order of 30 mph. We will have to watch for several rounds of coastal flooding along the Jersey Shore too.
Bottom line: Thursday and Friday are not going to be pleasant weather days.
Please understand these coastal storm setups are exceptionally tricky to nail down. I suspect the forecast will continue to firm up over the next 24 to 36 hours. And then, if and only if it's appropriate, we'll start to pinpoint potential snow accumulations and timeline. (And I'll put out a detailed snow map.)
For next weekend — the final weekend of autumn, by the way — our weather should simmer down. It will be cold, with highs again barely in the 40s. (Sunday probably the colder day of the two.) But hopefully, with all the pre-holiday festivities going on across New Jersey, we can squeeze out a fully dry weekend for the first time in December.
Dan Zarrow is Chief Meteorologist for Townsquare Media New Jersey. Follow him on Facebook or Twitter for the latest forecast and realtime weather updates.
UNFI posts Q1 sales gains, but profits decline 13.2%
TOP TAKEAWAYSUnited Natural Foods Inc. said inflation and new wholesale customers helped drive dollar sales gains in the first quarter, even though unit sales declined, and profits were squeezed.Sales were up 7.6% for the period, which ended Oct. 29, compared with the year-ago first quarter. Net income, however, fell 13.2%, to $66 million, as the company’s gross profit rate declined to 14.6% of sales, including a $21 million inventory charge, compared with 14.9% a year ago.Gross profits were pressu...
United Natural Foods Inc. said inflation and new wholesale customers helped drive dollar sales gains in the first quarter, even though unit sales declined, and profits were squeezed.
Sales were up 7.6% for the period, which ended Oct. 29, compared with the year-ago first quarter. Net income, however, fell 13.2%, to $66 million, as the company’s gross profit rate declined to 14.6% of sales, including a $21 million inventory charge, compared with 14.9% a year ago.
Gross profits were pressured in part by a shift in product sales mix to larger customers, the company said.
In addition, unit volume was down about 3% in the quarter.
“The minus 3% is obviously the consumers reacting to significantly high prices, and that's happening across the market,” said Sandy Douglas, CEO of Providence, R.I.-based UNFI, in a conference call with analysts.
Douglas highlighted opportunities in private labels and in the company’s services business, which provides support for retailers. Private brand sales
growth outpaced total industry growth in the quarter, he said.
“We've added some brand and commercial talent to the private brands group, and we have made it a significant priority to make that program significantly more competitive and to sustain that kind of outperforming growth rate,” Douglas said.
The services business, meanwhile, generated “double-digit adjusted EBITDA growth,” he said.
Sales in the company’s retail stores, which include the Cub Foods and Shoppers Food & Pharmacy banners, were up about 2% in the quarter, mostly driven by higher pricing, said John Howard, chief financial officer.
Adjusted retail EBITDA was down about $2 million, compared to last year’s first quarter, which Howard attributed to an incremental health and welfare payment and start-up costs for three new Shoppers stores that UNFI acquired and reopened.
The company confirmed its financial outlook for the full fiscal year, which includes net sales of $29.8 billion to $30.4 billion, adjusted EBITDA of $850 million to$880 million, and adjusted earnings per share of $4.85 to $5.15 per share.
In other information during the call, UNFI said it was making progress on merchandising initiatives and automation in its warehouses.
The company realigned some of its top merchandising personnel to bring them closer to its regional merchandising organization, which Douglas said makes the organization “much more seamless” and improves the ability for suppliers to react to local opportunities.
Regarding warehouse automation, he said UNFI will begin implementation during the current fiscal year, and then roll it out during the next few years, assuming its returns on the investment are realized.
Douglas also said the company is nearing completion of its largest rooftop solar array at its Howell, N.J. distribution center, which is expected to go live by the end of this year.
Items with classified markings found at Trump storage unit in Florida
Rosalind S. Heldermanhttps://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/12/07/trump-tower-bedminster-records-search/
Lawyers for Donald Trump found at least two items marked classified after an outside team hired by Trump searched a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Fla., used by the former president, according to people familiar with the matter.Those items were immediately turned over to the FBI, according to those people, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.The search was one of at least three searches for classified materials conducted by an outside team at Trump properties in recent weeks, after...
Lawyers for Donald Trump found at least two items marked classified after an outside team hired by Trump searched a storage unit in West Palm Beach, Fla., used by the former president, according to people familiar with the matter.
Those items were immediately turned over to the FBI, according to those people, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive matters.
The search was one of at least three searches for classified materials conducted by an outside team at Trump properties in recent weeks, after Trump’s legal team was pressed by a federal judge to attest that it had fully complied with a May grand jury subpoena to turn over all materials bearing classified markings, according to people familiar with the matter.
There has been a lengthy and fierce battle between Trump’s attorneys and the Justice Department in a Washington federal court in recent weeks, according to people familiar with the matter. Much of the legal wrangling remains under seal by a federal judge, but people familiar with the matter say the Justice Department has raised concerns about what prosecutors view as a long-standing failure to fully comply with the May subpoena by Trump’s team.
Emails released by the General Services Administration, which assists former presidents during their transition to private life, show that the government agency helped rent the storage unit at a private facility in West Palm Beach on July 21, 2021. The unit was needed to store items that had been held at an office in Northern Virginia used by Trump staffers in the months just after he left office.
The emails show that the GSA and Trump staffers worked together to arrange to ship several pallets of boxes and other items weighing more than 3,000 pounds from Northern Virginia to the Florida storage unit in September 2021.
A person familiar with the matter said the storage unit had a mix of boxes, gifts, suits and clothes, among other things. “It was suits and swords and wrestling belts and all sorts of things,” this person said. “To my knowledge, he has never even been to that storage unit. I don’t think anyone in Trump World could tell you what’s in that storage unit.”
There was no cataloguing of what was put in the storage unit, Trump advisers said — just as there was no cataloguing of what classified documents were taken to a room underneath Mar-a-Lago.
The Washington Post could not immediately determine specifically what was in the items marked classified. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. The FBI did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The ultimate significance of the classified material in the storage unit is not immediately clear, but its presence there indicates Mar-a-Lago was not the only place where Trump kept classified material. It also provides further evidence that Trump and his team did not fully comply with a May grand jury subpoena that sought all documents marked classified still in possession of the post-presidential office.
In addition to the storage unit, the team hired an outside company to carry out the search of Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, N.J., and, more recently, Trump Tower in New York, according to people familiar with the matter. The outside team also searched at least one other property.
The team offered the FBI the opportunity to observe the search but the offer was declined, the people said. It would be unusual for federal agents to monitor a search of someone’s property conducted by anyone other than another law enforcement agency.
Trump’s lawyers have told the Justice Department that the outside team did not turn up any new classified information during their search of Bedminster and Trump Tower, according to people familiar with the process, and have said they utilized a firm that had expertise in searching for documents.
“President Trump and his counsel continue to be cooperative and transparent,” Trump spokesman Steven Cheung said, accusing the Justice Department of committing an “unprecedented” and “unwarranted attack” against Trump and his family.
Chief U.S. District Judge Beryl A. Howell told Trump’s legal team to continue to search for documents after the Justice Department expressed concerns that the team had not fully complied with a subpoena earlier this year. Howell, according to people familiar with the matter, did not give specific orders on how a search should be done.
Howell’s instructions followed a breakdown in the government’s trust in Trump’s attorneys that led prosecutors in August to seek a court-authorized FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Since that time, prosecutors have continued to question whether Trump has returned all materials with classification markings, although what steps the government might take to retrieve such materials or procedures it might require Trump’s advisers and lawyers to implement remain unclear.
Trump’s team has sought to avert another federal high-profile search of his properties, the people familiar with the matter said.
According to the people, at least one of Trump’s lawyers has previously advocated for a less combative approach toward the Justice Department investigation of Trump and his advisers for three potential crimes: mishandling of national security secrets, obstruction and destruction of government records.
That attorney, former Florida solicitor general Christopher Kise, had proposed such a search months earlier. Many of the other lawyers on Trump’s team have rebuffed Kise’s advice, and he has taken a reduced role in the classified documents case while taking a larger role in the New York investigations into the former president, the people said.
Jay Bratt, the chief of the counterintelligence and export control section at the Justice Department, communicated to Trump’s lawyers after the FBI search that the department was concerned Trump still may not have returned all the classified documents in his possession. The Post has previously reported that officials at the National Archives also believe that there may still be more records missing. Previous attempts by Trump’s attorneys to identify and return documents proved unsatisfactory to investigators.
At times in the past, Trump has misled his own lawyers as to what was in the boxes that were taken from Mar-a-Lago, The Post has reported.
For example, he told some on his team that he possessed only newspaper clippings and personal items in 2021. One of his former lawyers, Alex Cannon, declined Trump’s entreaty to tell the National Archives he had returned all items, because Cannon was not sure whether it was true, and his team in February did not release a statement dictated by Trump that claimed he had returned all materials, The Post has reported.
Trump lawyers Christina Bobb and Evan Corcoran met with investigators in June, handing over a taped-up folder of 38 documents collected from the former president’s residence in response to a May subpoena, according to court documents and people familiar with the matter. Prosecutors called the response “incomplete” in court documents and said that they collected evidence of “obstructive conduct” regarding the failure to fully comply with the subpoena.
Bobb signed a certification swearing that she had been told that “a diligent search” was conducted of boxes of records shipped from the White House to Florida when Trump left office and that the file handed over to investigators contained “all documents that are responsive to the subpoena.” Corcoran told the visiting investigators he had been advised that all available boxes placed in a storage room — and nowhere else — had been searched in response to the subpoena, The Post reported.
Soon after, investigators obtained video surveillance of the club and conducted more interviews with Trump staffers, leading them to seek a search warrant from a judge on the basis of new evidence that sensitive material still remained at Mar-a-Lago, The Post has reported. When agents executed the search warrant in August, they found additional documents with classified markings in the storage room and in Trump’s office, along with thousands of other government papers and items, according to court records.