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Trump news – live: Ex-president reacts furiously as Mar-a-Lago warrant reveals Espionage Act probe

Rolling coverage of the latest developments following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago

Trump lawyer does not ‘believe’ that secret nuclear documents found at Mar-a-Lago

A Florida judge has unsealed the FBI search warrant that allowed agents to enter Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home on Monday.

According to a copy of the warrant and inventory of documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago which was obtained by The Independent, agents recovered from the ex-president a set of papers bearing markings identifying them as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information — a level of classification above the top secret level which is often applied to intelligence sources as well as the US nuclear arsenal.

Items were removed from the property that were there in violation of the Espionage Act, which makes it a crime to remove information related to national defence “from its proper place of custody” as well as sections of US criminal law covering obstruction of justice and removing government records. Mr Trump has repeatedly suggested without basis that the FBI planted evidence during the search.

On Thursday, the Department of Justice filed a motion to unseal the warrant, with Attorney General Merrick Garland stressing that the decision was not taken lightly – and confirming that he personally authorised the decision to seek the warrant in the first place.

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Unsealed search warrant suggests ex-president being investigated under Espionage Act

FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home on Monday reportedly found documents classified above top secret as well as the paperwork for Trump ally Roger Stone’s pardon and information about French president Emmanuel Macron.

According to a copy of the warrant and inventory of documents recovered from Mr Trump’s property which was obtained by The Independent, agents recovered from the ex-president a set of papers bearing markings identifying them as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information — a level of classification above the top secret level which is often applied to intelligence sources as well as the US nuclear arsenal.

Andrew Feinberg is examining the details of the unsealed document for The Independent.

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Full unsealed warrant to search Mar-a-Lago

Here is the full unsealed warrant to search former President Donald Trump’s residence at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.

The receipts for property includes “Miscellaneous top secret documents”...

Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach, Florida

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Warrant officially unsealed by judge

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Counsel for Trump does not object to unsealing

Counsel for former President Trump — M Evan Corcoran, Esq, and James Trusty, Esq — have informed the government that the former President does not object to the government’s Motion to Unseal Limited Warrant Material...”

Read the motion here

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Counsel for Trump does not object to unsealing

Counsel for former President Trump — M Evan Corcoran, Esq, and James Trusty, Esq — have informed the government that the former President does not object to the government’s Motion to Unseal Limited Warrant Material...”

Read the motion here

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Virginia police officer who stormed the US Capitol sentenced to seven years

A disgraced Virginia police officer who stormed the US Capitol on January 6 has been sentenced to 7 years in federal prison – marking the joint longest sentence handed down to any rioter to date.

Thomas Robertson, 49, was sentenced on Friday to 87 months in prison as well as two months of supervised release and a $2,000 fine.

Rachel Sharp reports.

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Trump lawyer signed warrant receipt

Per the FBI search warrant, receipt signed by Donald Trump attorney Christina Bobb, property to be seized includes: “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.”

Early this week, Ms Bobb was evasive as to whether she had a copy of the warrant and Mr Trump’s son Eric said she had only seen it from 10 feet away.

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Warrant lists three criminal statutes

Breitbart — which has received a copy of the Mar-a-Lago warrant — says that former President Donald Trump is under investigation for criminal statutes:

18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting, or losing defence information

18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration, or falsification of federal records

18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation of federal documents

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Former president Donald Trump has repeated the allegation — even after the clarification by the National Archives — as part of Truth Social rant in which he argues everything he took to Mar-a-Lago was declassified and was freely available to the FBI.

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. 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?

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