The federal government is investigating former President Trump for potential violation of three criminal statutes, including the Espionage Act, according to the unsealed search warrant that was executed Monday at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and reviewed by CBS News. The FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, including four sets classified as “top secret”, according to the warrant.
According to the unsealed warrant, the FBI collected boxes marked top secret, secret, and confidential, as well as compartmentalized top secret/sensitive documents, photos, and information about the president of France, among other things.
The defense team of the ex-president on Fridayupon release from office. Trump himself said in a statement late Thursday that he encouraged the release of the warrant. On Friday, he posted on Truth Social ahead of the warrant’s release that the documents were “all declassified” and that the FBI “didn’t need 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 in place per their request,” Trump said on TruthSocial.
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 relating to the collection, transmission or loss of defense information.
The search warrant was signed by a Florida federal court judge on August 5, several days before the search.
The exact records the FBI took during its search are not yet clear, although two sources told CBS News on Monday that theduring the execution of the search warrant at the former president’s home in Florida. The sources said no electronic devices were taken.
The property that would be seized, according to the warrant, involved “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, proceeds of crime, or other items unlawfully possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 793, 2071, or 1519” , the applicable legal codes. .
The mandate applied to any governmental or presidential file created between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021, any file containing classification documents and any information concerning the retrieval, storage or transmission of defense information. national or classified material. Federal authorities had authority to search “Office 45,” all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas used or available to the former president and his staff in which documents might be stored.
“The Biden administration is obviously in damage control after their botched raid where they seized the president’s picture books, a ‘handwritten note,’ and declassified documents,” Trump spokesman Taylor said. Budowich, in a statement Friday. “This raid on President Trump’s home was not only unprecedented, but unnecessary – and now they are leaking lies and innuendo in an attempt to explain the government’s weaponization against their dominant political opponent. It’s outrageous.”
In 2018, then-President Trumpturn the mishandling of secret files from a misdemeanor into a felony. The signing follows Republican criticism of Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information.