FBI removed boxes of classified documents from Trump’s home

FBI agents Monday removed 11 sets of classified documents — including some marked top secret and said to be available only at special government facilities — from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The itemized list of items removed from the property, released Friday at the request of the Justice Department along with the accompanying search warrant, includes a set of documents labeled “Miscellaneous Classified/TS/SCI Documents,” which is an acronym , which relates to Top Secret/Sensitive Information. In addition, according to the newly released information, the agents seized four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents.

The list published by US Judge Bruce Reinhart on Friday with the text of the arrest warrant does not contain any details on the subject of the documents.

According to the search warrant, the alleged crimes being investigated constitute violations of the Espionage Act, which prohibits the unauthorized storage of national security information that could harm the United States or assist a foreign adversary; a federal law making it a crime to destroy or conceal a document to obstruct a government investigation; and another law related to the unlawful removal of government materials.

Penalties and fines in the event of a conviction are determined depending on the number of documents concealed or destroyed.

atty General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department would attempt to unseal the warrant and list the receipt, which was removed from the property after Trump disclosed the search and his attorneys provided reporters with details of what the FBI was looking for . Reinhart gave the Justice Department until 3 p.m. Eastern time to consult with Trump’s attorneys and inform the court if he plans to challenge the unsealing of the documents. Trump said on his network Truth Social late Thursday that he supports the unsealing of the warrant.

Among the 20 boxes removed in Monday’s search were folders containing photos, a handwritten note, an executive clemency plea for Conservative provocateur Roger Stone and information about the “President of France”.

The search warrant allowed agents to search “Office 45” and “storage rooms and any other room or area within the premises occupied or available to them.” [the former president] and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be kept, including any structure or building on the estate.”

The unprecedented court-authorized search of a former president’s home, which Trump described as a “raid,” sparked a firestorm of criticism from Trump and his Republican allies, who accused the Justice Department of a “witch hunt” and demanded more information from senior officials about, why it happened. That continued on Friday when Republicans on Capitol Hill said they needed to see the underlying affidavit used to justify the search, something that would not normally become public if no charges were brought.

Rep. Michael Turner (R-Ohio) told reporters Friday that the release of the warrant and inventory would leave “unanswered questions.”

“We are very concerned about the method used to raid Mar-a-Lago,” he said, citing the length of the day-long search.

Multiple news outlets reported Thursday that the Justice Department had previously used subpoenas and other “less intrusive” means to obtain documents this spring, but requested the search warrant because it believed Trump still had confidential or top secret materials in Mar -A-Lago. including some related to nuclear programs.

In a Truth Social post Friday morning, Trump implied, without evidence, that the FBI had planted any nuclear documents found during its search of Mar-a-Lago earlier this week. In a separate post, he argued that former President Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, including some classified.

The National Archives and Records Administration said in a statement that the documents are being held by the National Archives for the Obama Presidential Library.

The results of Monday’s search could potentially have implications for Trump’s other legal issues, including the ongoing Justice Department investigation into the former president’s attempts to use fake voter rolls to convince lawmakers to tilt the 2020 election in his favor.

The entire contents of the 20 boxes of material removed from the estate on Monday are unlikely to be classified. Some of the boxes might contain memorabilia and personal letters Trump wanted to keep — something other past presidents have done — but some of the materials could also be personally, politically, or legally harmful.

Now that the materials are back in government possession, Trump has no say over how they are used, including against him in court, said former federal prosecutor Neama Rahmani.

“If there’s anything in there that could be evidence of another crime, it’s fair game,” Rahmani said.

https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-08-12/mar-a-lago-warrant-released-after-trump-agrees-not-to-object FBI removed boxes of classified documents from Trump’s home

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