FBI seized top secret documents from Former U.S PM Trump's home

FBI seized top secret documents from Former U.S PM Trump’s home

The Justice Department revealed on Friday that FBI agents searched former US President Donald Trump’s Florida home this week and removed 11 classified documents, some of which were marked as top secret. The Justice Department also revealed the probable cause to search the property due to potential Espionage Act violations.

Four days after authorities searched President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, the search warrant and related papers that it was accompanied by were made public. 

One of the three statutes included in the warrant application, the 1917-adopted Espionage Act, makes it unlawful to divulge information that can jeopardize national security.

In a post on his social media channel, Trump claimed that the documents had been “fully declassified” and stored in “safe storage.”

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“Nothing needed to be “seized,” so to speak. Without engaging in political maneuvering and breaking into Mar-a-Lago, they could have had it whenever they wanted “Republican lawmaker and former businessman claimed.

The search was conducted as part of a federal investigation into whether Trump improperly deleted papers after losing the presidential election to Democrat Joe Biden two months earlier in January 2021.

The three statutes listed as the basis for the warrant make it a crime to mishandle federal data, regardless of whether they are classified, even though the FBI took away evidence marked as sensitive on Monday. 

Trump’s assertions that he declassified the records would thus not be relevant to the alleged legal transgressions.

A list of things taken by FBI investigators revealed that they removed more than 30 items, including more than 20 boxes, picture binders, a handwritten message, and the presidential clemency order for Trump supporter and longtime advisor Roger Stone. The list also included details on the “President of France.”

The warrant said that FBI agents were instructed to search “the 45 Office,” a space on the estate used by Trump or his staff, as well as any other rooms, structures, or buildings on the property where boxes or papers could have been kept. Trump was the 45th U.S. president.

The Justice Department said that it had reason to think that breach of the Espionage Act occurred at Trump’s residence in the warrant application that U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart authorized.