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FBI sought nuclear documents in search of Trump's home -Washington Post

World Aug 12, 2022 08:54PM ET
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By Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. federal agents were looking for documents relating to nuclear weapons when they raided former President Donald Trump's home in Florida this week, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.

It was not clear if such documents were recovered at the former president's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, the Post said. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.

The U.S. Justice Department asked a judge on Thursday to make public the warrant that authorized the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago, after Trump, a Republican, portrayed it as political retribution.

The request means the public could soon learn more about what investigators were looking for during the unprecedented search of a former president's home.

The search was part of an investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House as he left office in January 2021, some of which the Justice Department believes are classified.

Attorney General Merrick Garland, the top law enforcement officer and an appointee of Democratic President Joe Biden, told a news conference that he had personally approved the search. The Justice Department also seeks to make public a redacted receipt of the items seized.

"The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken," Garland said.

His decision to publicly confirm the search was highly unusual. U.S. law enforcement officials typically do not discuss ongoing investigations in order to protect people's rights. In this case, Trump himself announced the search in a Monday night statement.

Garland said the Justice Department made the request to make public the warrant "in light of the former president's public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter."

A source familiar with the matter said the FBI retrieved about 10 boxes from Trump's property during the search.

Trump was not in Florida at the time of the search.

Late on Thursday, Trump called for the immediate release of documents related to the search.

"Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years," he said on his Truth Social platform.

The government has until 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) on Friday to let the court know whether Trump's attorneys will object to unsealing the warrant. The case is before U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who reviewed the warrant to ensure the Justice Department had sufficient probable cause for the search.

While seeking to unseal the warrant, the Justice Department has not asked the judge to unseal the sworn statement in support of the warrant, the contents of which could potentially include classified information.

Two of Trump's attorneys, Evan Corcoran and John Rowley, did not respond to a request for comment.

In a statement earlier on his Truth social network, Trump said: "My attorneys and representatives were cooperating fully, and very good relationships had been established. The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it."

LOCKED STORAGE ROOM

The unprecedented search marked a significant escalation in one of the many federal and state investigations Trump is facing from his time in office and in private business, including a separate one by the Justice Department into a failed bid by Trump's allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election by submitting phony slates of electors.

The investigation into Trump's removal of records started this year, after the National Archives made a referral to the department.

Former Archivist David Ferriero has previously said that Trump returned 15 boxes to the government in January 2022. The archives later discovered some of the items were "marked as classified national security information."

A couple of months before the search, FBI agents visited Trump's property to investigate boxes in a locked storage room, according to a person familiar with the visit.

The agents and Corcoran spent a day reviewing materials, the source said. A second source who had been briefed on the matter told Reuters the Justice Department also has surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago in its possession.

Garland's Justice Department has faced fierce criticism and online threats since Monday's search. Trump supporters and some of his fellow Republicans in Washington accuse Democrats of weaponizing the federal bureaucracy to target Trump.

In Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday, an armed man suspected of trying to breach the FBI building died following an exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers, an Ohio State Highway Patrol official said.

Garland condemned the threats and attacks against the FBI and Justice Department. "I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked," he said.

Some Democrats have criticized Garland for being overly cautious in investigating Trump over his attempts to overturn his 2020 election loss to Biden.

FBI sought nuclear documents in search of Trump's home -Washington Post
 

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WESLEY WARREN
WSQUARED Aug 14, 2022 11:02PM ET
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bull
taylor jason
taylor jason Aug 14, 2022 7:57AM ET
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Biden and the rest of the congress dems are getting desperate.
FMGK Blue
FMGK Blue Aug 14, 2022 3:53AM ET
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What a liability this guy is to his country...
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 13, 2022 2:02PM ET
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Unfortunately for the trump psykofants evidence is there that he has stolen national us secrets and not just 1 document but 11 sets were found. If you choose to deny these facts and create conspiracytheories to defend their master of lies you are as unamerican you can be. He wil be convicted for this and there is no way he will be able run for any public office. I suggest the psykofant find another master to worship, because this guy will not be around for long…sorry
HARI BABU
HARI BABU Aug 13, 2022 2:24AM ET
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JB with FBI in hand could convince US guys as Trump is brushing his teeth daily with uranium he stolen from Whitehouse secret garage.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 13, 2022 2:24AM ET
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Meanwhile, back in the real world.
John Hat
John Hat Aug 13, 2022 12:35AM ET
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Only total Libtaaarrrds would believe and follow the FBI this far again.
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 13, 2022 12:06AM ET
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Trumps simps and cuckholds willBe biggly triggered but will stay on their knees ready to service their lord
John Hat
John Hat Aug 13, 2022 12:06AM ET
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You seem obsessed man parts. Are you fagadoizackle?
Chris Cash
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because the fbi decided it was finally important enough to pursue 2 years after being out of office. hmmm
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 12, 2022 10:50PM ET
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An insider in trumps orbit informed the fed about this which is why trump is now busted with stolen CIA documents all he can try and do I lie his way out as he normally do, but the difference is government now have clear evidence of breach of espionage act. Who knows what he has been selling of our nation security information
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Aug 12, 2022 10:50PM ET
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The FBI gives him like months to return the documents, Trump refused to return it for some reason, so they have to raid his place to get it. If he was a normal person the FBI wouldn't even wait a month lol
John Laurens
John Laurens Aug 12, 2022 10:12PM ET
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Dems are proven liars and cheaters. They themselves know exactly what they are. Not even the average dem voter can be that Stu. Pid.
tony thai
tony thai Aug 12, 2022 10:12PM ET
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you 💩
Ronald Johnson
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FBI took way too long before taking those documents back. I hope Trump didn’t share with his buddy Putin!!!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 12, 2022 3:42PM ET
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Espionage!
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 12, 2022 3:42PM ET
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If these documents was not insurance sales to the russians why else steal them?
Ken Roth
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Also trump seems to like putin enough so maybe he wanted to update him on our national secrets so that putin can compare notes. Trump does not believe our intelligence agencies anyway
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 12, 2022 3:42PM ET
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Without knowing exactly what the documents are, its hard to know what possible good explanation Trump could come up with, but it looks really bad and I just hope they put a stop to whatever that traitor was up to before he put the US at some keep and of security risk.
 
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