Seizure of top secret documents by the FBI

Seizure of top secret documents by the FBI

Seizure of top secret documents by the FBI

FBI agents have recovered records marked as ‘top secret’ during a search of former US President Donald Trump’s Florida estate.

That could include possible violations of US espionage laws, according to documents released Friday in the investigation.

Agents took possession of the significant amount of classified files recovered after unsealed warrants and related materials were shown to a Florida judge,

sparking a storm in the already bitterly divided nation’s political arena.

Attorney General Merrick Garland personally authorized the FBI to search the ’45 Office’ and store room at the Mar-a-Lago,

Florida residence of the 45th President of the United States.

The warrant ordered the seizure of sensitive documents and records “unlawfully retained” in violation of three criminal statutes.

This includes allegations of violating the US Espionage Act.

which criminalizes the unlawful acquisition or retention of national security information

Seizure of top secret documents by the FBI

Donald Trump, who is hoping to return to the White House in 2024, has condemned the FBI’s search of his Florida home,

saying no documents found during the search were “confidential”.

“They don’t need to ‘seize’ anything,” Trump said in a statement on his Truth social platform.

“They could have collected it anytime without playing politics and going to Mar-a-Lago.”

Legal experts cautioned that Trump could not be suspected of espionage if any potential charges were unclear,

even though the warrant cited the Espionage Act.