On August 5, 2022, shortly after noon, US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart issued the search warrants. The search warrant was not carried out until the morning of August 8 when the raid took place. Here is the FBI warrant and property receipt from the Mar-a-Lago raid.
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A copy of the search warrant issued to raid the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Trump has been acquired by the media. The warrant, which provides information regarding the property and the investigation, was filed to the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The search warrant specifies the residence and places that will be inspected, including that “The locations to be searched include the ‘45 Office,’ all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate.”
The warrant did not contain a call to search areas of the estate in use by members of the Mar-a-Lago club or for rentals.
It goes on to say that the “Property to be seized” comprises “All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime or other items illegally possessed in violation” of legal codes, such as:
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“Any physical documents with classification markings, along with any containers/boxes (including any other contents) in which such documents are locations, as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes:
“Information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material;
“Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017,” the day Trump took office, and the end of his term.
Additionally, the warrant demands the seizure of “Any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of and government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings.”
A property receipt for dozens of boxes follows, signed by Trump attorney Christina Bobb on August 8, at 6:19 p.m.
Property receipts contain a “Grant of Clemency” for Roger Stone, intelligence about French President Macron, and “various classified/TS/SCI documents.” Several photo binders were confiscated, as well as “Miscellaneous Secret Documents” and “Miscellaneous Top Secret Documents.”
The rationale for the search warrant was not disclosed, and the probable cause is not included in the records.
The warrant, on the other hand, lists the statutes being pursued by federal investigators, including United States Code sections 793, 2071, and 1519. Section 793 pertains to offenses involving the “gathering, transmitting, or losing defense information,” specifically national defense information. Fines and/or imprisonment for up to ten years are possible penalties for violations.
The “concealment, removal, or mutilation” of documents is covered under Section 2071, which states that “Whoever willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, or destroys, or attempts to do so, or, with intent to do so takes and carries away any record, proceeding, map, book, paper, document, or other thing, filed or deposited with any clerk or officer of any court of the United States, or in any public office, or with any judicial or public officer of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.”
Section 2071 also stipulates that anyone in possession of such materials who “willfully and unlawfully conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies, or destroys the same, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both; and shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States.”
Section 1519 states that “Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.”
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