Judge unseals search warrant behind FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid

Fox News reports that, on Friday, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida unsealed the search warrant that the FBI obtained ahead of its raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. 

The search warrant, in its entirety, can be read here.

“Property to be searched”

Page three of the “search and seizure warrant” details the “property to be searched.” Mar-a-Lago is the target, but that section of the warrant stated the specific areas of the estate where the FBI was allowed to search.

The warrant reads:

The locations to be searched include the “45 Office,” all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate.

The warrant goes on to state that the FBI is not allowed to search “areas currently (i.e., at the time of the search) being occupied, rented, or used by third parties (such as Mar-a-Largo Members) and not otherwise used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff, such as private guest suites.”

“Property to be seized”

On the subsequent page of the warrant, the “property to be seized” is listed.

The list starts off with a general statement: “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.”

Then, the list becomes more specific. It includes:

“Any physical documents with classification markings . . .

Information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material;

Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021; or

Any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings.

A couple of important points

One important point, as Breitbart reported, is that the search warrant suggests the U.S. Department of Justice is investigating Trump for a possible violation of the 1917 Espionage Act. This is the same act that Hillary Clinton was suspected of violating in 2016 when she used an unsecured private email server for confidential communications.

Clinton, of course, was let off the hook. The idea that the DOJ is pursuing Trump on this issue further substantiates the former president’s claim that the FBI’s raid was politically motivated.

Another important point, separately reported by Breitbart, is that the FBI waited several days after it received the go-ahead to actually execute the warrant by raiding Mar-a-Lago. This significantly undercuts the narrative being pushed by the DOJ that the situation was one of extreme urgency.

The final page of the document unsealed by the court on Friday is the property receipt — what the FBI actually took from Mar-a-Lago.

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