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Trump Investigated Under US Espionage Act, Warrant Reveals

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The FBI search warrant for former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, reveals that Monday’s raid was related to highly classified documents held at the Trump  estate.

The warrant was unsealed and released publicly on Friday, following a federal judge’s order.

Donald Trump did not oppose the release of the documents.

According to the Associated Press, the warrant says the FBI was investigating potential violations of three different federal laws. Those included one that governs the gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information under the Espionage Act and two more that address the concealment, mutilation, or removal of records and the destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in federal investigations.

FBI seizes classified records

The unsealed court documents published on Friday included the property receipts showing that FBI agents recovered eleven sets of classified records from the estate.

Trump’s attorney, Christina Bobb, who was present at Mar-a-Lago at the time of the search, signed the receipts which were also leaked online.

Trump, however, appears to deny that the documents in question were classified.

He wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social: “Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they 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 secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”

FBI’s search at Trump’s Florida estate

FBI agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida in the early hours of Monday. The search was announced in a dramatic statement by Trump himself, who was reportedly alerted by his son, Eric.

Republican governors came to Trump’s defense on social media after news of the search emerged.

At the time of the search, the Department of Justice had two known active investigations connected to former President Trump—one related to the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and the January 6, 2021 insurrection and one related to the handling of classified documents.

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