As Monday’s search of the Trump family residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, unfolds, new information comes to light.
As questions are posed, explanations develop in backward.
The search warrant utilized during the operation was initially sealed.
The decision to unseal the documents rests with Judge Reinhart, the same judge who authorized the execution of the search warrant.
Bruce Reinhart, the judge presiding over the case, ordered the federal government to respond to petitions to unseal it.
The Justice Department has until Friday afternoon to inform the judge whether or not Trump’s attorneys support the plan to make the document public.
The previous President announced his intention to make the warrant public.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Thursday that the Department of Justice has filed an application to unseal a warrant and associated papers.
The public’s clear and strong interest in understanding what transpired under these circumstances weighs significantly in favor of unsealing, according to a Thursday request filed in a Florida federal court.
The warrant was released on Friday.
According to Intelligencer, the warrant concerns possible breaches of three laws:
“The search was related to potential violations of three laws, including the Espionage Act: One of the laws concerns the ‘concealment, removal, or mutilation’ of classified materials, the second concerns ‘gathering, transmitting or losing’ materials, and a third pertains to obstructing an investigation into these matters.
The Espionage Act, which governs classified information whose release could harm national security, has been used to prosecute both foreign spies and domestic leakers – from Daniel Ellsberg to Reality Winner.
The warrant, which does not list Trump by name, does not accuse him or any other individual broke [of breaking] the law.”
The post continues with a cryptic list of hundreds of items that the FBI confiscated from the Trump residence, with 11 of them being classified:
“One entry contains ‘various classified /TS/SCI documents’ which by law must be kept in a secure government facility akin to a vault.”
The Washington Post claimed that, ” agents believed some of the documents they went to look for involved nuclear weapons, but this was before the search, and it ins not known if such documents were recovered.”
Former President Trump tweeted yesterday, “Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to “seize” anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”
Trump and his attorney Christina Bobb have questioned the searches’ conduct and procedures.
Both denied reports that the FBI was searching Mar-a-Lago for nuclear materials, with Trump posting on Truth Social that the “issue is a hoax.”
During the search, Bobb was summoned by a high-level adviser and drove to the Trump residence.
Bobb stated that she was there throughout the raid, but that she and other members of the Trump team were prohibited from observing the agents’ actions.
“Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyers, or others, present,” Trump wrote.
Bobb stated, “I was stuck in the parking lot there to collect paper and answer questions. But they were able to see the whole thing. So, they actually have a better idea of what took place inside.”
Bobb told Fox News on Thursday that she “actually couldn’t accompany” the FBI investigators inside Mar-a-Lago to “see what they were opening.”
Eric Trump told the Daily Mail earlier this week that agents instructed Mar-a-Lago workers to turn off security cameras, but they did not comply.
It was disclosed on Thursday that the Trump family viewed the FBI raid via CCTV security cameras that were operational at the time.
Trump and his family may view what was broadcast and captured by the cameras.
Bobb stated, “We know of the stories because CCTV [and] cameras were on so those in New York watching were aware, I have to take their word for it [and] know the president put the story out.”
President Trump and his family likely had a better vantage point than I have. Because they had CCTV, they were able to watch,” Bobb said on Thursday’s “Real America’s Voice.”