The warrant used by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home was released Friday, following a request by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make the document to the public.
In reaction to the release of the warrant, Trump shared the following on 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.”
“They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK,” he continued. “The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?”
“The premises to be searched, 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480, is further described as a resort, club, and residence located near the intersection of Southern Blvd and S Ocean Blvd,” the warrant begins. “It is described as a mansion with approximately 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, on a 17-acre estate.”
“The locations to be searched include the ’45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate,” the document continued. “It does not include areas currently (i.e., at the time of the search) being occupied, rented, or used by third parties (such as Mar-a-Largo Members) and not otherwise used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff, such as private guest suites.”
The warrant went on to outline that the FBI was in search of classified documents which could fall under obstruction of justice charges or the Espionage Act — a 1917 law created shortly after the United States entered World War I, intended to prohibit interference with military operations or recruitment.
“All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 793, 2071, or 1519, including the following: a. Any physical documents with classification markings, along with any containers/boxes (including any other contents) in which such documents are located, as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes;” the warrant read.
It continued, “b. Information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material; c. Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021; or d. Any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings.”
A receipt that accompanied the initial search warrant for the premises shows Trump had documents labeled “TS/SCI,” which indicated one of the highest levels of top-secret clearance levels, handwritten notes, and another item labeled “Info re: President of France,” according to Politico.
The release of the warrant has brought much-needed answers. Now, the country waits to see if the Justice Department attempts to bring charges under the Espionage Act and how the potential 2024 White House candidate will respond.
All this, while one end of the political spectrum wishes Trump would just disappear, while the other is seemingly clamoring at the chance of a second term for the former Commander-in-Chief.
As usual with America nowadays, only time, patience and hopefully faith will tell.
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