Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Released, Reveals FBI Seized Top Secret Secret Documents

The federal government is investigating former President Trump for potential violations of three criminal laws, including the Espionage Act, according to the unsealed search warrant executed at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday and reviewed by CBS News. The FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents when it conducted the search.

According to the unsealed warrant, the FBI collected, among other things, boxes marked top secret, secret and confidential, as well as documents marked top secret/sensitive room, photos and information about the president of France.

The ex-president’s defense team on Friday did not object to the release of the warrant. Trump himself said in a statement late Thursday that he was calling for the warrant to be released. On Friday, he wrote on Truth Social ahead of the warrant’s release that the documents were “all declassified” and that the FBI “didn’t have to ‘seize anything’.”

“They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secure storage, with an extra lock put on at their request,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Former President Trump and other conservatives address the annual CPAC meeting
Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference CPAC held at the Hilton Anatole on August 6, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.

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According to the warrant, federal law enforcement officials are investigating the former president for destroying, removing or destroying records, obstructing an investigation and violating a provision of the Espionage Act related to the collection, transmission or loss of defense information.

The warrant was signed by a Florida federal court judge on August 5, several days before the search.

Exactly what records the FBI took during its search is not yet clear, although two sources told CBS News Monday that The FBI took boxes and documents while executing the search warrant at the former president’s Florida home. The sources said no electronics were taken.

Property that would be seized, according to the warrant, included “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, proceeds of crime, or other items unlawfully possessed in violation of 18 USC §§ 793, 2071, or 1519,” the applicable legal codes . .

The executive order applied to any government or presidential position created between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, all records of classified documents and any information relating to the retrieval, storage or transmission of national defense information or classified material. Federal authorities were authorized to search the “45 Office,” all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas used or accessible to the former president and his staff in which records could be kept.

In 2018, then-President Trump signed into law upgrading mishandling of classified records from a misdemeanor to a felony. The signing followed Republican criticism of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.

This is a breaking story. It will be updated.

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