Ex-CIA head suggests Trump should be executed over alleged classified documents

A Former CIA director suggested on Thursday in a tweet that former President Donald Trump should potentially be executed for having alleged classified nuclear documents in his Mar-A-Lago residence. 

“Rosenbergs were convicted for giving U.S. nuclear secrets to Moscow, and were executed June 1953,” MSNBC contributor Michael Beschloss said Thursday on Twitter. 

“Sounds about right,” former CIA and NSA Director, Gen. Michael Hayden tweeted in response.

Warrant unsealed

After the warrant and property receipt for the FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago was unsealed amid growing outrage from Republicans over the action, Politico reported that the FBI was investigating Trump under the Espionage Act and for removing and possibly destroying records that could be used to incriminate him.

Attorney General Merrick Garland approved the raid last week amid the growing concern that the documents could represent a national security threat, but Trump’s lawyers say the concerns are unfounded and that partisans are just trying to further get at Trump under false pretenses.

Trump spokesperson Taylor Budowich said that the FBI raid was “not just unprecedented, but unnecessary — and now they are leaking lies and innuendos to try to explain away the weaponization of government against their dominant political opponent. This is outrageous.”

The Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI took 11 boxes of classified documents from Trump’s home, including some marked “Top Secret.”

What was taken

Around 20 boxes of documents were taken in total, including binders of photos, a handwritten note, and the grant of clemency for Trump ally Roger Stone.

“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor,” Garland said.

“Much of our work is by necessity conducted out of the public eye. We do that to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and to protect the integrity of our investigations,” he said.

The search warrant was obtained following a finding of probable cause, Garland also said.

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