Headline RoundupAugust 12th, 2022

Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Unsealed; Trump Investigated for Potential Espionage Act Violations

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A federal judge unsealed the search warrant executed by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago following the Justice Department's request.

The warrant indicated that the FBI was investigating former President Donald Trump for possible obstruction of justice and potential violations of the Espionage Act. The warrant authorized federal agents to seize “physical documents with classification markings,” documents “regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information,“ and “any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records.”

A receipt for property seized in the raid included “Info re: President of France,” a handwritten note, and several “miscellaneous” documents labeled “secret,” “top secret” and “confidential.”

Coverage was widespread and prominently featured across the spectrum on Friday. Most coverage on both sides highlighted the possibility of Espionage Act violations. Coverage from right-rated outlets often compared the Trump investigation to “Hillary Clinton's email scandal.”

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