Unsealed FBI Warrant Shows Trump Being Investigated For Obstruction Of Justice, Espionage Act Violations

Posted August 12, 2022 by with 8 comments

If he is in fact charged with espionage, Trump faces life in prison. He’ll likely be dead within the next ten years (at the most), so he sadly won’t have to spend too much time behind bars if convicted. The warrant unsealed today doesn’t reveal specific information about the nuclear weapons documents that Trump stole, but they’re presumably part of the “TS/SCI” (Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information) mentioned below. TS/SCI is the highest level of classified information, and documents of this nature are stored in federally secure facilities, not someone’s house in Florida. Via Politico:

A search warrant newly unsealed on Friday reveals that the FBI is investigating Donald Trump for a potential violation of the Espionage Act and removed classified documents from the former president’s Florida estate earlier this week.

A receipt accompanying the search warrant, viewed by POLITICO in advance of its unsealing, shows that Trump possessed documents including a handwritten note; documents marked with “TS/SCI,” which indicates one of the highest levels of government classification; and another item labeled “Info re: President of France.”

Also among the items taken from Mar-a-Lago this week: An item labeled “Executive grant of clemency re: Roger Jason Stone, Jr.,” a reference to one of Trump’s closest confidants who received a pardon in late 2020.

The warrant shows federal law enforcement was investigating Trump for removal or destruction of records, obstruction of justice and violating the Espionage Act — which can encompass crimes beyond spying, such as the refusal to return national security documents upon request. Conviction under the statutes can result in imprisonment or fines.