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FBI raided Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago over potential violations of Espionage Act

FBI raided Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago over potential violations of Espionage Act

It said the specific locations to be searched were the “45 Office” – Mr Trump’s current office – and “all storage areas and any other rooms or areas within the property used or available by FPOTUS.” [the former president] and his staff.”

It approved the seizure of “all physical documents with classification markings”.

Also, “communications in any form related to the retrieval, storage or transmission of national defense information or classified material” were to be seized.

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Trump’s lawyers claim he released the material transferred to Mar-a-Lago before leaving the White House, but it was unclear whether he had the authority to do so with the most sensitive documents.

The Justice Department would have been concerned that if such items were stored in Mr. Trump’s home, they could become a target for foreign intelligence agencies.

Mr Trump denied reports that some of the documents could relate to nuclear programs.

In a statement, he said: “The nuclear weapons issue is a hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a hoax, two allegations were a hoax, the Mueller investigation was a hoax and much more.

“The same sleazy people who were involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow inspection of areas in Mar-a-Lago with the presence of our attorney or others. Have them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t she even be in the let it come close – said ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT.’ Plant information anyone?”

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An informant at Mar-a-Lago is said to have tipped off the FBI before the search.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, the top U.S. law enforcement official, and an appointee of President Joe Biden, said he personally approved the search.

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