As the story of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago continues to grow ever more present in the public eye, a number of key points within the saga are coming under refutation by former President Donald Trump.
The unprecedented raid created an immediate media frenzy, with Trump loyalists blasting the action as just another political hit-job meant to dim The Don’s 2024 reelection hopes. Then, as the news broke that Trump was under federal investigation for potential violations of the Espionage Act, the former Commander in Chief went on the offense, suggesting that none of the documents in question were classified, and that the entire thing was a “hoax”.
The DOJ is now refuting Trump’s claim regarding the nature of the documents.
FBI agents in this week’s search of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Florida home removed 11 sets of classified documents including some marked as top secret, the Justice Department said on Friday, while also disclosing it had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations.
The bombshell disclosures were made in a search 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.
Trump’s denial was terse and left little room for interpretation.
Trump, in a statement on his social media platform, said the records were “all declassified” and placed in “secure storage.”Advertisement - story continues below
“They didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago,” the Republican businessman-turned-politician said.
The FBI claims that 4 sets of “top secret” documents were removed from Mar-a-Lago, but no official description of the documents has been made thus far.