|By Mike Allen · Aug 13, 2022|
|1 big thing: Mar-a-Lago's secrets|
Property seized during the Mar-a-Lago search. Photo: Jon Elswick/AP
The documents seized from former President Trump's home may have been kept in violation of the Espionage Act, as well as other federal laws, according to documents released yesterday.
An affidavit in the redacted search-warrant materials made public yesterday called for seizure of "all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of" 18 U.S. Code § 793, 2071, or 1519.c.
The search warrant described Mar-a-Lago as a 17-acre estate with 58 bedrooms and 33 bathrooms.
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Reality check: The search — and the many boxes and binders retrieved — doesn't guarantee an indictment, said Ryan Goodman, an NYU law school professor and founding co-editor of the Just Security online national security forum.
The inventory shows the FBI removed 11 sets of classified information from the Trump property, including some marked as "top secret." Agents collected:
What's missing: The affidavit to support the search warrant wasn't included in the materials unsealed Friday. Its contents could reveal a great deal more about the circumstances behind the search.