Former President is under investigation for potential espionage offences and removing classified documents, a newly unsealed FBI search warrant reveals.
The warrant unsealed on Friday afternoon shows that the Justice Department is investigating whether Trump violated several federal laws with his handling of official records he took from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago home.
They include a possible violation of the Espionage Act, which can include crimes beyond spying, like refusing to return national security documents requested by the federal government.
Convictions on the offences could carry fines or even a prison sentence.
A receipt accompanying the warrant shows that Trump had an item labeled, ‘Info re: President of France’.
Another item was labeled, ‘Executive grant of clemency re: Roger Jason Stone, Jr’, a Trump ally and conservative political consultant whom the ex-president pardoned in 2020.
Other documents included a handwritten note and material marked ‘TS/SCI’, which refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information.
A federal judge unsealed the documents after the to the public. They have been revealed four days after , unannounced, in search of classified material.
The documents indicate that federal investigators believe the missing records posed an extraordinary threat to national security.
They were unsealed hour after a Wall Street Journal report that the from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump, who earlier on Friday ranted on his Truth Social platform about several developments around the raid, did not immediately comment about being under investigation.
His latest posts on the social media platform slammed the FBI for the raid and claimed the records were all declassified.
‘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…’ Trump .
‘…They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK.’
Trump’s lawyers say he used his presidential authority to declassify the documents he took from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. However, there are federal guidelines a president must follow to declassify material.
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