The judge who signed the search warrant that was used to raid former President Trump’s Florida home unsealed it Friday shortly after it was leaked to the media and following appeals from the former president to share it with the public.
A copy of the warrant and property receipt published by Human Events shows that the feds were authorized to perform a broad sweep of Trump’s Mar-A-Lago property for “illegally possessed” government documents that Trump says were declassified.
Mar-A-Lago warrant released
The warrant was signed by Judge Bruce Reinhart on August 5, but the feds didn’t act on it until days later, belying claims the raid was an urgent national security matter.
A property receipt showed that the feds recovered the executive grant of clemency for Roger Stone, information regarding French President Emmanuel Macron, a handwritten note, binders of photos, and various “top secret” documents during Monday’s raid.
The warrant says that Trump is being investigated for “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information,” which is part of the Espionage Act, “concealment, removal, or mutilation” of records, and “destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy.”
Trump says info was declassified
Shortly before the warrant’s release, Trump said the information the FBI sought had all been declassified and that there was no need for the feds to be so aggressive, since his lawyers were cooperating with the government.
Trump had called for the warrant behind the “unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid” to be made public Thursday as the Department of Justice moved to unseal it following days of pressure.
Attorney general Merrick Garland broke his silence during a short public appearance Thursday where he bitterly disputed charges of a political motive and said he had approved the raid, which he described as an ordinary law enforcement action. The FBI took a similar track, with director Christopher Wray blasting “unfounded” attacks on the agency’s integrity.
While DOJ and FBI leaders (and Democrats) have blasted public skepticism of the raid, the government has yet to share a probable cause affidavit explaining its justification for it. The unprecedented raid has fueled anger and suspicion of a political crackdown by the Biden administration.
A spokesperson for Trump accused the Biden administration of “damage control after their botched raid where they seized the President’s picture books, a ‘hand-written note,’ and declassified documents.”
“This 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. This is outrageous.”
Earlier Friday, Trump raised speculation of a media “hoax” and evidence being planted to frame him after the Washington Post published a vague, anonymous report claiming that the feds had sought records relating to “nuclear weapons.”