The FBI and Department of Homeland Security are warning of an increase in violent threats following a search of Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home.
We now know FBI agents were searching for classified documents when feds raided the former President’s mansion as part of an investigation into possible violations of the Espionage Act and other laws, according to this search warrant (above) made public Friday.
The FBI seized multiple sets of documents, files marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities, according to the warrant. The search was carried out as part of the government’s effort to account for documents reportedly related to some of the most highly classified programs run by the U.S.
It comes after Attorney General Merrick Garland asked a judge to unseal the warrant used in the search
saying he personally approved of the decision to execute the warrant. Trump later said he wouldn’t oppose the release of the court documents.
Trump of course could have just released them on his own.
AG Garland also rebutting what he calls “unfounded attacks” from Trumpworld on the FBI in the wake of the search.“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” Garland said. “The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants.”
BTW: Garland spoke on the same day that law enforcement officers shot and killed a man
who they said tried to break into the F.B.I.’s Cincinnati office. Investigators reportedly looking into whether he had ties to extremist groups, including one that participated in the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
Trump supporters are issuing death threats
against the judge who signed off on the warrant, and a service at his synagogue was reportedly canceled
because of the security risk.
All this coming after Trump took the fifth under questioning from the New York attorney general. Trump choosing not to answer questions about his business practices, just days after his Mar-a-Lago estate was searched by the FBI.
>Oh yea remember this Trump quote from 2016:
Specifically, the law in question — Section 2071 of Title 18 of the United States Code
— makes it a crime if someone who has custody of government documents or records “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies or destroys” them.
If convicted, defendants can be fined or sentenced to prison for up to three years. In addition, the statute says, if they are currently in a federal office, they “shall forfeit” that office, and they shall “be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
On its face, then, if Trump were to be charged and convicted of removing, concealing or destroying government records, he would seem to be ineligible to become president again.
GisermanGroup Translator: Espionage Act outlaws the unauthorized retention of defense-related information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary
The legal pressures on Trump and his closest allies intensified, as prosecutors informed his former personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, that he is a target of a criminal investigation into election interference in Georgia. Giuliani testifies before a Georgia Grand Jury today.