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Former President Donald Trump is under investigation by the Department of Justice for a possible Espionage Act violation.
The twice-impeached former President had his Mar-A-Lago residence raided by 30 FBI agents Monday, in search of classified documents taken from the White House at the end of his presidency.
Attorney General Merrick Garland gave a quick press conference Thursday afternoon revealing that the Justice Department filed a motion to unseal the search warrant after three days of baseless and inaccurate claims made by Trump.
“Copies of both the warrant, and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former President’s council, who was on site during the search. The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause,” Garland said.
Trump claimed that the FBI would not allow anyone, including his lawyers, “anywhere near the areas that were rummaged during the raid on Mar-A-Lago.”
Warrant Shows Espionage Act Investigation
During the press conference, Garland said that Donald Trump’s legal team had until Friday afternoon to object to the warrant’s unsealing. Trump took to Truth Social Thursday night saying “not only will I not oppose the release of documents…I am going a step further by encouraging the immediate release of those documents.”
A search warrant viewed by POLITICO reveals that the FBI is investigating Trump for a potential violation of the Espionage Act as well as obstruction of justice.
A receipt accompanying the search warrant, viewed by POLITICO on Friday, shows that Trump possessed documents including a handwritten note; documents marked with “TS/SCI,” which indicate one of the highest levels of government classification.
The warrant shows federal law enforcement was investigating Trump for removal or destruction of records, obstruction of an investigation, and violating the Espionage Act. Conviction under the statutes can result in imprisonment or fines.
NEW via Breitbart: Trump under investigation per search warrant for:
18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation
18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defence information
18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) August 12, 2022