Responding to FBI Search; Trump and Allies Return to Family Strategy

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  • FBI agents recovered 11 sets of classified documents including some marked as top secrets.
  • The search was carried at Trumps- Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach.
  • The search was ordered by a US Magistrate.

In response to the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida on Monday, Trump and his allies in Congress and right-wing media have returned to his preferred strategy for communicating in a crisis.

FBI agents in this week’s search of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Florida home Mar-a-Lago- have recovered 11 sets of classified documents including some marked as top secret, the Justice Department said on Friday. It also disclosed it had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations. Around 30 items including more than 20 boxes, binders of photos, a handwritten note and the executive grant of clemency for Trump’s ally and longtime adviser Roger Stone were a few items listed.

The search was sought on a warrant approved by a U.S. magistrate judge and accompanying documents released four days after agents searched Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach. The Espionage Act, one of three laws cited in the warrant application, dates to 1917 and makes it a crime to release information that could harm national security. It is speculated that Trump illegally carried away documents while departing from the Presidential office after losing the presidential elections.

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