Details on the FBI warrant for a raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago have been revealed – plus what was seized

New details about the have become known warranty for the August 8 FBI raid on former President Donald J. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and for what the FBI walked out with.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the FBI confiscated 11 sets of classified documents and removed 20 boxes of items. Four sets of documents are said to have been marked “top secret,” but there’s still no confirmation of claims made in The Washington Post earlier today that suggest Trump owned them sensitive documents related to atomic bombs.

Another three sets of documents were reportedly marked “Secret” and there were a handful marked “Confidential”.

Trump’s attorneys suggested he used his authority to declassify the footage before leaving the White House. The Wall Street Journal noted that a president does have the power to declassify documents, but added that there is a federal process for doing so.

Trump went to TruthSocial to address possession of supposedly secret documents: “First, everything has been declassified. Second, they didn’t have to ‘seize’ anything. You could have had it anytime without getting into politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”

The former president again contrasted his treatment with that of another former president: “What are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama brought to Chicago?”

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) immediately responded to former President Trump’s comments, suggesting that it resumed custody of the documents Obama allegedly took.

The Obama administration that spent $36.2 million in legal expenses in a single year allegedly only recently made the majority of his records available in an effort to avoid disclosure of federal records under the Freedom of Information Act January 20 of this year.

Items the FBI took from Trump’s apartment included:

The search and seizure warrant, which Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Judge Bruce Reinhart allegedly signed on authorized FBI agents, included “Office 45” along with “any storage rooms and any other rooms or areas within the premises that are being used or available.” stand to browse through [the former president] and his associates and in which boxes or documents might be kept, including any structure or building on the property.”

Politico reports that the FBI is investigating Trump for a possible violation of the Espionage Act. The warrant also notes that federal law enforcement is investigating the former president for concealment, removal, or mutilation; to collect, transmit or lose defense information; and for the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations.

The affidavit in support of the search warrant remains classified. Missing from warrant applicationbut to be found in the affidavit would be: the basis for believing that classified information was at Mar-a-Lago, any information gathered through surveillance or whistleblowers, and the assertion of a probable cause.

Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said the FBI crackdown was “not only unprecedented, it was unnecessary — and now they are spreading lies and innuendo to try to explain away the government’s arming of its dominant political opponent.” Details on the FBI warrant for a raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago have been revealed – plus what was seized

Laura Coffey

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