Two key documents related to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, on Monday are now available to the public: the warrant authorizing the raid, and the title deed indicating what federal agents recovered.
Together, the documents provide a clearer picture of how the search came about, and both the extent and scope of the seizure.
The documents indicate that the injunction was issued to prevent possible violations of the Espionage Act, which states, among other things, that an official charged with sensitive or classified information who allows it to be taken from its safe location through “gross negligence” or who knows it has been removed from safety and not to tell federal officials that fine or imprisonment for a maximum of 10 years. They also suggest a study of possible Improper Removal or Destruction of Federal Documentsand obstruction of a federal investigation.
The receipt suggests 11 sets of documents have been recovered, including items related to French President Emmanuel Macron, handwritten notes, photos and top-secret materials.
Trump denounced the search, falsely claiming in a statement that his home had been “besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents”. Reports soon emerged that the search was based on recovering sensitive information that needed to be secured. A report from the Washington Post on Thursday said that classified nuclear documents may have been recovered; that’s worrying given the wide range of allies and adversaries who have had and still have access to the golf club that serves as one of the former president’s homes.
The National Archives restored at least 15 boxes of presidential records earlier this year; federal law requires presidential administrations to transfer their records to the National Archives. a tipster reportedly told the federal government that not all important documents had been recovered. The The FBI reportedly visited Mar-a-Lago . in June and told Trump to better secure the remaining items; a subpoena was also issued after that visit in an effort to get them back.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department has asked the judge who authorized the search to unseal the warrant and title deed. Trump quickly released a statement said he “ENCOURAGES the immediate release of those documents.”
Now they have been released. read them here.