FBI seizes classified documents at Trump’s home
The FBI has seized documents labeled “Top Secret” at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The inspectors also took photo albums. It said the spectacular search of the former president fell under the US Espionage Act.
DThe FBI seized a significant number of documents classified as “Top Secret” during a raid on former President Donald Trump’s properties. The search warrant was classified, according to documents released by a federal judge on Friday.
Trump had previously written on Truth Social, the social network he co-founded, that all the documents had been released, meaning they had been declassified.
In the search warrant, the search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was justified by, among other things, the suspected presence of sensitive security documents. Specifically, three offenses are listed: collecting, transmitting or losing security information, removing or destroying official documents, and destroying or altering documents to obstruct investigations.
The first count — which falls under the US Espionage Act — is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, the second by three years and the third by up to 20 years.
Photo albums were also confiscated
A list of seized documents was also published. According to an FBI listing, last Monday agents found a trove of Top Secret/SCI documents at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate that are classified as top secret and can only be viewed at special government facilities. Four sets of the seized documents are classified as “Top Secret”, three more as “Confidential” and the remaining three as “Confidential”.
According to the list, agents also seized numerous boxes, including an apology to Trump confidant Roger Stone, unspecified information about the “President of France” and two photo albums. The documents just released do not say anything about the contents of the documents.
Last Monday, the US Federal Police FBI raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, USA. Agents are also looking for classified documents on nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported. Trump denied this and described Friday’s report as a “hoax.”
Attorney General Garland requested that the search warrant be vacated
Attorney General Merrick Garland had requested the release of the search warrant, but Trump’s lawyers did not object, the Justice Department said.
The ministry’s request for release of the search warrant is considered significant as such documents are actually sealed during ongoing investigations.
But the ministry seems to have realized that keeping quiet after the raids is opening up the former president and his supporters to violent attacks. The public demanded details of the background to the FBI operation. Public interest clearly speaks for an acquittal, and the Ministry of Justice has finally justified its demand.
Trump has previously said he would not oppose the issuance of a search warrant. However, at the same time, he reiterated allegations that he was the victim of “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement agencies” by “radical left-wing democrats”.
The raid has sparked anger and outrage in right-wing circles, sparking fears of violence. FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday lamented the threats against federal police and described them as “reprehensible and dangerous.”
A questionable reference to Barack Obama
Meanwhile, the U.S. National Archives, which is responsible for storing presidential documents, has meanwhile contradicted Trump’s claim that it kept classified documents after his predecessor Barack Obama left.
As required by law, the National Archives “assumed exclusive legal and physical custody of Obama presidential records” after Obama left office in 2017, the government agency said Friday. About 30 million pages of unclassified documents are housed in the Chicago area. Classified information is kept in Washington.
Trump wrote on Truth Social on Friday that if officials had asked him about it, he would have given them all the documents. “The big issue is what is President Obama going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of them classified, that he took with him to Chicago?” He wrote in the same message. Trump has previously made the same claim without any evidence.
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