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FBI search warrant reveals agents seized top-secret documents in raid of Trump’s home

  • The FBI seized multiple sets of documents marked top secret from former President Donald Trump's resort home Mar-a-Lago, according to a search warrant unsealed Friday.
  • The warrant directed agents to seize all documents, "fruits of crime" and other items "illegally possessed" in violation of three laws related to handling of government documents.
  • The agents took boxes of items, binders of photos, one handwritten note and an "executive grant of clemency" for GOP operative Roger Stone, according to a receipt for property seized that was attached to the warrant.

A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022.Giorgio Viera | AFP | Getty Images

The FBI seized multiple sets of documents marked top secret from former President Donald Trump's Florida resort home, Mar-a-Lago, when agents raided it Monday, according to a search warrant unsealed Friday.

The warrant directed agents to seize "all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed" in violation of three laws related to handling of government documents.

Read the redacted search warrant here

The warrant indicates that statutes relating to espionage and obstruction of justice are the foundation for the search. Convictions under these statutes can bring fines or prison sentences.

One of the statutes, which relates to removing or destroying government records, includes a punishment of being "disqualified from holding any office under the United States," according to the text of the law.

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