OnPolitics special edition: What's in the search warrant for Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate?

  • In Politics
  • 2022-08-12 21:31:42Z

Happy Friday, OnPolitics readers!

It's Ella, with a special edition of OnPolitics on the release of the search warrant that authorized federal agents to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

Important context

The Department of Justice on Thursday filed a motion to unseal a search warrant that authorized FBI agents to search his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida "absent objection from the former president," putting the ball in Trump's court.

Trump responded on his social media site, Truth Social, saying he did not oppose unsealing the warrant and encouraged the "immediate release" of those documents.

A federal judge unsealed the warrant Friday afternoon when the Justice Department, after conferring with Trump's attorneys, formally asserted the former president did not object to making the search warrant public.

Takeaways from the warrant

  • The search warrant revealed that the Justice Department is investigating Trump in connection with statutes related to the Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. 793), record mismanagement (18 U.S.C. 2071) and obstruction (18 U.S.C. 1519).

  • FBI agents who searched Trump's home retrieved boxes that included 11 sets of classified documents, according to a property receipt released with the warrant. Some of the documents were marked as top secret, while others offered vague descriptors like binders of photos, a handwritten note, information about the "President of France" and the executive grant of clemency for Trump ally Roger Stone.

  • Some 20 boxes of items were taken by the FBI. The actual nature of the information was not detailed in the warrant.

Read the warrant here

The Justice Department did not speak publicly about the matter until Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the motion to unseal on Thursday, citing the fact that the former president himself announced the search.

That set into motion the unsealing of the search warrant for Trump's Mar-a-Lago property, which you can read here.

Want to learn more?

  • Live updates: Keep up with USA TODAY's coverage of the Mar-a-Lago search and its fallout here.

  • Before the search: Two months before federal agents searched Trump's Florida estate, the former president was served with a subpoena seeking sensitive government documents that investigators believed he'd stored there after he left the White House, a person familiar with the matter told USA TODAY Thursday.

  • In the warrant: Here's the full warrant.

  • Unanswered questions: In the days following the search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago property by federal agents, key questions remained unanswered. Chief among them: What were federal agents looking for - and what did they find? Now, we have some answers.

  • Release the records: The Palm Beach Post, part of the USA TODAY Network, filed court papers to ensure the entire search warrant that allowed FBI agents to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate - not just parts of it - are available to the public.

Thanks for reading - we'll see you next week. --Ella

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: What we know about the search warrant for Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate


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