Trump house raided, ‘top secret’ docs seized

WASHINGTON (AFP) — FBI agents seized records marked “top secret” during their search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida estate, according to documents made public Friday in a probe that includes possible violations of the US Espionage Act.

The search warrant and related materials, unsealed by a Florida judge, showed agents carted away a significant number of items from the raid, which ignited a political firestorm in an already bitterly divided country.

The warrant, which was personally approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, authorized the FBI to search the “45 office” — a reference to the 45th US president’s private office at his Mar-a-Lago residence — and storage rooms.

It directed them to seize documents and records “illegally possessed” in violation of three criminal statutes, including one falling under the Espionage Act, which makes it a crime to illegally obtain or retain national security information.

Trump, who is weighing another White House run in 2024, vehemently denounced the FBI raid on his Florida home and claimed that all of the material confiscated during the search had been previously “declassified.”

“They didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything,” he said in a statement on his Truth Social platform. “They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”

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