(LifeSiteNews) – Former President Donald Trump is under investigation for supposed violations of the Espionage Act and the obstruction of justice, it has been revealed, after a U.S. Magistrate Judge unsealed the warrant used by the FBI in its Monday raid of Trump’s Florida estate.
The warrant was unsealed by Judge Bruce Reinhart after the Department of Justice (DOJ) filed a motion to have the document released, and after Trump himself had called for “the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents.”
According to the 7-page file, the former commander-in-chief is being investigated for infractions against 18 U.S.C 793 for “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” 18 USC 2071 for “Concealment, removal or mutilation,” and 18 USC 1519 which lists “Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations.”
The penalty for such violations can include fines and a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
The warrant requested a full-scale search of Trump’s expansive Mar-a-Lago mansion, including all “58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, on a 17-acre estate.”
“The locations to be searched include the ‘45 Office,’” the document states, as well as “all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS [former President of the United States] and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate.”
The warrant instructed agents to seize “[a]ny 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 Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
In addition, “[i]nformation, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material” were to be taken by the FBI during the Mar-a-Lago property raid, along with “[a]ny government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021.
Finally, “[a]ny evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings” were also to be appropriated.
The unsealed document provided a list of 46 items taken as part of the search, including “miscellaneous confidential documents” and “miscellaneous top secret documents” and “various classified/TS/SCI documents.”
A judge officially granted the motion to unseal the FBI’s search warrant and receipts. Here are some highlights👇
A list of the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago: pic.twitter.com/hU9SNKnHKB
— POLITICO (@politico) August 12, 2022
The FBI also seized records of the “Executive Grant of Clemency re: Roger Jason Stone Jr.,” “Info re: President of France,” two binders of photos, and a “handwritten note.”
In response, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich accused the Biden administration of engaging in “obvious damage control after their botched raid where they seized the President’s picture books, a ‘hand written note,’ and declassified documents.”
Describing the event as “outrageous,’ Budowich said the “raid of President Trump’s home was not just unprecedented, but unnecessary – and they are leaking lies and innuendos to try to explain away the weaponization of government against their dominant political opponent.”
On Friday, Vice President Kamala Harris threw her support behind the unprecedented raid, stating her “full confidence” in the DOJ after the search warrant was unsealed while describing alleged attacks on law enforcement as “unacceptable.”
“As a former prosecutor, I will tell you, I don’t speak about anybody else’s case, but I have full confidence that the Department of Justice will do what the facts and the law requires,” Harris told reporters.
Regarding Trump’s criticism of law enforcement agencies, the vice president said that “they do very important work.” She added that Trump’s comments were “just highly irresponsible of anyone who calls themselves a leader and certainly anyone who represents the United States of America to engage in rhetoric for the sake of some political objective that can result in harm to law enforcement officers and agents.”
On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he had “personally approved” Monday’s search, adding that objections to the unprecedented raid amount to an unfair attack on the bureau.
AG Merrick Garland delivers a statement about the FBI raiding Trump: “I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this manner.” pic.twitter.com/mIhawVK3o9
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) August 11, 2022
Trump announced on his Truth Social platform Friday that the documents he had were “all declassified” and that there was no “need to ‘seize’ anything,” adding that the FBI “could have had it [the documentation] anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”
Earlier on Friday, the former president mocked claims in The Washington Post that he was harboring “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons,” stating that the rumors are “a Hoax.”
“[J]ust like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” he continued, adding that the “[s]ame sleazy people” were “involved.”
Some Republican leaders have criticized the FBI raid of Trump’s property as the “political weaponization” of the DOJ while others have said the U.S. has descended into a “banana republic.”