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Court Unseals Trump Search Warrant and Inventory of Items Seized

Court Unseals Trump Search Warrant and Inventory of Items Seized

The inventory does not give any indication what the records were, other than that some were marked as having high classifications. What also is clear is this was a wholesale rummaging through Trump’s office. They even seized a lot of boxes of documents that had no classification markings.

The Warrant and Property Receipt have been unsealed. You can view them here and below.

The crimes being investigated, and covered by the scope of the warrant, were: “All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. § § 793, 2071, or 1519.”

18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defencse information
18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations
18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation

The affidavits supporting the warrant have not been unsealed, and it’s unclear whether Trump would have a copy.

The inventory does not give any indication what the records were, other than that some were marked as having high classifications, such as:

2A – Various classified/TS/SCI documents
lOA – Miscellaneous Secret Documents
11A – Miscellanous Top Secret Documents
14-A – Miscellaneous Confidential Documents

What also is clear is this was a wholesale rummaging through Trump’s office. They even seized a lot of boxes of documents that had no classification markings, including:

1 – Executive Grant of Clemency re: Roger Jason Stone, Jr.
2 – Leatherbound box of documents
5 – Binder of photos
6 – Binder of photos
7 – Handwritten note
8 – Box labeled A-1
9 – Box labeled A-12
10 – Box Labeled A-15

and over a dozen more boxes not involving classified information. This supports Andy McCarthy’s theory that the possession of classified documents was a pretext for a more wide-ranging sweep of Trump.

There is no indication in the listing that any of the documents concerned “nuclear weapons” as WaPo reported based on a leak.

WARRANT

 

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“The premises to be searched, 1100 S Ocean Blvd, Palm Beach, FL 33480, is further described as a resort, club, and residence located near the intersection of Southern Blvd and S Ocean Blvd. It is described as a mansion with approximately 58 bedrooms, 33 bathrooms, on a 17-acre estate. The locations to be searched include the “45 Office,” all storage rooms, and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate. It does not include areas currently (i.e., at the time of the search) being occupied, rented, or used by third parties (such as Mar-a-Largo Members) and not otherwise used or available to be used by FPOTUS and his staff, such as private guest suites.”

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All physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§ 793, 2071 , or 1519, including the following:

a. Any physical documents with classification markings, along with any containers/boxes (including any other contents) in which such documents are located, as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes;
b. Information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material;
c. Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021; or
d. Any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings.

INVENTORY OF ITEMS SEIZED

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EARLIER REPORTING

The government filed notice that Donald Trump has no objection to its motion to unseal the search warrant and list of evidence removed from Mar-a-Lago:

In accordance with the Court’s order directing the government to confer with counsel for former President Trump (Docket Entry 19) and consistent with Local Rule 88.9(a), the United States files this notice. Counsel for former President Trump—M. Evan Corcoran, Esq., and James Trusty, Esq.—have informed the government that the former President does not object to the government’s Motion to Unseal Limited Warrant Materials (Docket Entry 18), which asked this Court to unseal the documents in Docket Entry 17. Accordingly, the United States requests that the Court grant its Motion (Docket Entry 18) and unseal Docket Entry 17.

We are awaiting the court unsealing the documents on the docket.

Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reported that it already has seen the documents:

FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home Monday removed 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked as top secret and meant to be only available in special government facilities, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation agents took around 20 boxes of items, binders of photos, a handwritten note and the executive grant of clemency for Mr. Trump’s ally Roger Stone, a list of items removed from the property shows. Also included in the list was information about the “President of France,” according to the three-page list. The list is contained in a seven-page document that also includes the warrant to search the premises which was granted by a federal magistrate judge in Florida….

The list includes references to one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” an abbreviation that refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information. It also says agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents, and three sets of confidential documents. The list didn’t provide any more details about the substance of the documents.

Mr. Trump’s lawyers argue that the former president used his authority to declassify the material before he left office. While a president has the power to declassify documents, there are federal regulations that lay out a process for doing so.

The NY Times also obtained the warrant and inventory prior to it’s release on the court’s website:

A list of documents removed from former President Donald J. Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, includes materials marked as top secret and meant to be viewed only in secure government facilities, according to a copy of the warrant reviewed by The New York Times.

Federal agents who executed the warrant did so to investigate potential crimes associated with violations of the Espionage Act, which outlaws the unauthorized retention of national security information that could harm the United States or aid a foreign adversary; a federal law that makes it a crime to destroy or conceal a document to obstruct a government investigation; and another statute associated with unlawful removal of government materials.

It’s disputed by Trump that he needed to follow statutory procedures for declassification, and that he has inherent power not subject to congressional limits when it comes to declassifying documents within the executive branch.

Trump also posted on Truth Social that he had engaged in such a classification, and that there was no attempt to prevent the feds from taking what they wanted, so the raid was unnecessary.

Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to “seize” anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago. It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request…

…They could have had it anytime they wanted—and that includes LONG ago. ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK. The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?

We will update this post when the Court posts the warrant.

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Comments

This is a political witchhunt and it is backfiring on the Democrats badly.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to EBL. | August 12, 2022 at 3:43 pm

    How many primaries are left, and how much influence will all of this have on the voting.

    I note Mzzz Cheney is being very, very quiet.

      No she isn’t she just did another add pledging to destroy Donald Trump, and had her father show up to explain Trump was a threat to Democracy (he would know he killed endless numbers of Iraqis in the name of Democracy).

        Gosport in reply to Danny. | August 12, 2022 at 4:20 pm

        “I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search,” Cheney wrote on Twitter. “These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.”

        Liz Cheney political suicide note.

        The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Danny. | August 12, 2022 at 5:56 pm

        I stand corrected; I just read news on the net. I can’t recall the last time I watched, or listened to, a newscast.

      Speaking of elections, isn’t it interesting that the Leftists timed this fiasco to happen right before the DoJ’s own 90 day pre-election moratorium on investigations and statements?

      She’s already toast. The leftist news is already sticking their forks in her. Yesterday, Yahoo news did an absolute magnificent shivving of her, mostly as feel good for their base.

      It’s really pretty remarkable how fast they’ve turned on her now that she looks likely to lose.

        Olinser in reply to Voyager. | August 12, 2022 at 4:51 pm

        More like now that her Jan 6th crap is obviously not working.

        She was only ever a Useful Idiot to them, and now the Useful part is at its end.

        Gosport in reply to Voyager. | August 13, 2022 at 5:51 am

        She will be prepping for her next role as the resident RINO martyr on The View.

    ConradCA in reply to EBL. | August 12, 2022 at 7:45 pm

    It’s a reason expectation that the DOJ and FBI planted any classified documents that they “found” in trumps home. They need to prove that they didn’t plant these documents, otherwise these documents can’t be used to prosecute anyone.

      CDR D in reply to ConradCA. | August 13, 2022 at 11:00 am

      Anything actionable was likely planted. After all these are the scumbags who:

      * Pushed Russia collusion hoax
      * Spied on law-abiding Americans
      * Lied to FISA court
      * Ignored Hillary’s server escapades
      * Ignored Biden Family criminal activity
      * Persecutes journalists at Project Veritas
      * Treats J6 trespassers like terrorists
      * Goes after PTA moms

    JohnSmith100 in reply to EBL. | August 12, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Dems alienated me long ago, at this point there is nothing that they could do to ever get my support. The scope of their misconduct is unforgivable. One way or another, they must be driven out of politics. They really are traitors.

Colonel Travis | August 12, 2022 at 3:41 pm

I’ve never had such contempt and anger toward the federal government in my life. And it’s not because it’s about Donald Trump. It’s because they will steamroll anyone for any reason they don’t like.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Colonel Travis. | August 12, 2022 at 3:58 pm

    They truly are operating like a dictatorship right now. They seem to have tried to take lessons from the CCP on controlling information, but luckily for now, it’s not working because we aren’t as docile or conditioned to such treatment as a free people.

    Just a reminder that if you live in a contested district any amount of volunteer activity you could do for your local Republican candidate is useful activity.

    Even better if you live in a contested senate state and your senate candidate needs you.

    Don’t let this desire to stop them end at the keyboard.

    Yet the progressives tell us that adding 87,000 more armed IRS agents is nothing to worry about.

      henrybowman in reply to Gosport. | August 12, 2022 at 8:29 pm

      They tell us whatever they have to to get in our pants.
      We have a plan to beat the virus.
      We will not tax people making under $400K.
      You can keep your doctor and your medical insurance.
      We will unite the country.
      We won’t leave any American behind in Afghanistan.
      It’s just two weeks to flatten the curve.
      There is no inflation.
      Inflation is temporary.
      There is no recession.
      Shelves are not empty.
      We don’t oppose fracking.
      And nobody is coming to take your guns.
      Then after they fuck us, they do what they were always going to.
      And there we sit, fucked again.

        Valerie in reply to henrybowman. | August 12, 2022 at 9:22 pm

        Bear in mind that the subject of nukes was raised by the WaPo in their usual disingenuous fashion, as speculation by somebody with no actual knowledge, about what it could be. Then the TV whores started claiming that the Feds were looking for nuke documents.

        The Feds know damn well they don’t have anything, now. Otherwise, it would have been leaked. So, they’ll settle for the creation of bad press, and hope that one of their bugs survives the sweeps by Trump’s security.

        I hate sleazy lawyers. I am really, really glad Mitch McConnell kept that poisonous wretch Garland off the Supreme Court. Say what else you will about McConnell, he dodged a bullet for us.

          Barry in reply to Valerie. | August 13, 2022 at 2:06 am

          “Say what else you will about McConnell, he dodged a bullet for us.”

          It was an accident, Valerie. He believed Hillary would easily win the election, so the nomination would fall to her. Had he known Trump was going to win he would not have blocked the nomination.

It they are going after Trump on classified documents u will never see the affidavit. He will be tried under CIPA ‘classified information protection act’ rules and no evidence will be public. Witnesses will not be named or seen but given a number and testify behind a screen. A secret trial.

    healthguyfsu in reply to Elzorro. | August 12, 2022 at 3:59 pm

    If that happened, every MSM outlet would claim a secret source that conjures up all kinds of fake crap.

    Sounds like a win win for the bad guys.

      Elzorro in reply to healthguyfsu. | August 12, 2022 at 4:07 pm

      Dunno they have created a martyr. All hell is going to break loose. A secret trial with secret evidence and secret witnesses.

Bear in mind, the released inventory contents will be phrased for Maximum Disinformation and Hyperventilation, i.e.
-“One item containing an exchange of diplomatic gestures between the President of France and POTUS on (date/time/location) = A napkin with “where is the bathroom?” written on it.
-“Detailed correspondence between Putin and various Russian officials sent as an overture to POTUS on an unspecified topic, potentially election-based interference along with a possible bribe” = A store-bought Happy Birthday card signed by Putin and several members of his cabinet, along with a signed 1-ruble note bearing various birthday greetings for Baron Trump

Perhaps it’s small in the scale of things…

But is it normal for the FBI to show sealed documents to the press?

    CommoChief in reply to clintack. | August 12, 2022 at 4:52 pm

    Recently, oh yeah. Whenever they need to influence the media to push their narrative that FBI and DoJ = hardworking Patriots while Target X = shifty bad guy.

    Gosport in reply to clintack. | August 12, 2022 at 4:56 pm

    When it break 250 years of precedence, causes the country to be labelled a banana republic, and is only sealed to protect the FBI/DoJ/Democrats? It damned well better be normal.

Amazed some of the Democrats Propaganda Ministry wasn’t in on the raid, to document the FBI’s Great Panty Raid.as it happened so not surprised they got the warrent before anyone else.
The agents probably forwarded the warrant to their leaks before they got to Mar-A-Lago

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Skip. | August 12, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Your first sentence brings to mind my question in another thread: were the CNN remote trucks there?

The Gentle Grizzly | August 12, 2022 at 4:22 pm

Law is something often beyond my understanding. So, a question for those of you who would know of such things.

Unless I am wrong, a search warrant is a warrant to SEARCH for something. It does not necessarily mean that what is sought in the warrant is even there.

Going to extremes, the Trump search warrant may say they are SEARCHING for a “1943 Saturn convertible”, or for a “Douglas DC5 airliner, airworthy”. No 1943 Saturn convertibles were ever made, and none of the very few DC5s ever made still exist.

So, going to the actual circumstances, the warrant says they are SEARCHING for all of this hot-button stuff that plays well with the press and the non-thinking public. “We THINK he has nuclear secrets and so are SEARCHING for them”. Finding this stuff is not the issue; creating the bad press is.

Your thoughts?

Thank you.

    I think I made a comment somewhere that if the warrant listed unicorns as one of the items to search for, the internet would explode with rumors about Trump’s secret unicorn farm he’s keeping in MAL. Nobody would ever be able to convince these idiots there are no unicorns there because “The FBI said so! Really!”

    taurus the judge in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | August 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    Sure Griz, just not sure I fully understand what information you are specifically wanting.

    Yes, a SW is a “hunt” and the thing(s) may not be present.

    However, to define that “thing”, there must be the affidavit of probable cause and that affidavit must accomplish several things to a Judge’s satisfaction it reaches the threshold of probable cause.

    It must show a defined (by statute) crime MAY HAVE been committed and by the possessor of the “thing” is likely “involved”. (Could be the “person of interest” and not always the prime suspect)

    They are always phrased in a way to leave things open ended and open to interpretation to a degree even though they are specific enough to be defined.

    It may say “a pistol in 9mm” rather than say a Beretta 92 FS (even f they know what model the suspect weapon is)

    Executing a false warrant is a crime too so that’s unlikely.

    Did that help or make it worse?

    “Finding this stuff is not the issue; creating the bad press is.”

    Of course it is. What is designed to protect us from them using the warrant that way is the fact that one supposedly needs to demonstrate probable cause to obtain that warrant in the first place.

    Corrupt law enforcement agencies who falsify evidence (FBI) and progressive courts who gladly accept such evidence (FISA) negate that protection as does the eager cooperation of their partners in the progressive propaganda arm.

    They know what classified documents their going to find ahead of the search because they planted them ahead of time.

Old and busted: Garland claiming the warrant was extremely narrow and specific
New and cool: “c. Any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021; ”

So everything Trump touched or did not touch that just happened to be government-related. Yeah. That’s narrow.

    clintack in reply to georgfelis. | August 12, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Also any documents that happen to be in the same container as any of those.

    sfharding in reply to georgfelis. | August 12, 2022 at 6:13 pm

    “as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes.” So not just EVERY document in the box where ONE document is found, but then EVERY BOX in the room where one document is found. Gets narrower and narrower.

The Democrat party is just using the FBI to dig up anything they can use to drop a big “bombshell” just prior to the midterms. Look for indictments in October.

Raid appears to be grossly unconstitutional as Trump has superior and primary authority to determine if any of the seized documents are classified or not.

From the SCOTUS decision in Department of the Navy v. Egan 484 US 518 (1988)

The President, after all, is the “Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States.” U.S. Const., Art. II, 2. His authority to classify and control access to information bearing on national security and to determine whether an individual is sufficiently trustworthy to occupy a position in the Executive Branch that will give that person access to such information flows primarily from this constitutional investment of power in the President and exists quite apart from any explicit congressional grant. See Cafeteria Workers v. McElroy, 367 U.S. 886, 890 (1961). This Court has recognized the Government’s “compelling interest” in withholding national security information from unauthorized persons in the course of executive business. Snepp v. United States, 444 U.S. 507, 509 , n. 3 (1980). See also United States v. Robel, 389 U.S. 258, 267 (1967); United States v. Reynolds, 345 U.S. 1, 10 (1953); Totten v. United States, 92 U.S. 105, 106 (1876). The authority to protect such information falls on the President as head of the Executive Branch and as Commander in Chief.

Did they list the size of Melanie’s underwear/ bras they put in their secret secret pockets?

    taurus the judge in reply to gonzotx. | August 12, 2022 at 5:44 pm

    Actually, thats a good question and here’s why.

    Granted we do not know every detail of the search from start to finish so have to leave room for future information

    Based on the language of the warrant, searching her closet could be in scope but riffling clothes would be a stretch. The BIG issue is:

    Where is the report of going through TRUMP’s closet and clothes? (I’m sure they did but one would think that would be the one more reported)

taurus the judge | August 12, 2022 at 5:36 pm

Another devil in the detail

The warrant specifically lists PHYSICAL documentation (hard copy) which is odd given the claim of classified information.

A copy of any document carries the same classification as an original and the warrant does not specify or even allude to copies or a certified original.

I notice no computers or other digital media was named or secured.

So, if Trump scanned everything to PDF, which would be permissible according to this warrant. (Self-defeating since he could then distribute even easier in digital)

Every knowledgeable experienced professional knows this- this was done in a hurry and not thought through because such an omission would not usually happen.

There’s a reason they didn’t want electronics and I think it revolves around meeting the threshold of a very WEAK affidavit. (Just enough to get a very basic warrant)

If my belief is correct to any significant degree, here is the strong indicator this in fact was a “fishing” expedition under the “guise’ of looking for classified data.

    That’s just dumb on the face of it given they found documents marked as classified. The reality is they knew what they were looking for, that is classified documents illegally taken. The fact they knew it was paper on is neither here nor there

      gonzotx in reply to Fatkins. | August 12, 2022 at 7:37 pm

      Are you for real?

      He’s the freaking President of the United States, he has classified top clearance level for the rest of his life

      By being President, he can unclassify nearly by his word

      gospace in reply to Fatkins. | August 12, 2022 at 8:01 pm

      Documents he declassified- doesn’t matter what they have stamped on them. There is a formal declassification process for many document types, and a formal process that anyone BELOW the POTUS have to follow. None of them apply to the POTUS.

      Valerie in reply to Fatkins. | August 12, 2022 at 9:24 pm

      Please don’t tell me that most people are so stupid that they don’t know a document stamped “CLASSIFIED” can become declassified without being re-stamped.

      Barry in reply to Fatkins. | August 13, 2022 at 2:12 am

      Fatso is just a paid marxist troll. It is also one of the lower paid trolls as they do get paid based on their IQ.

      Barry in reply to Fatkins. | August 13, 2022 at 2:13 am

      You know fatso, we’ve had a number of dummies here, paid trolls, but I believe you’ve set the record for the stupid.

      Congrats!

    Evidently, based on reports I’ve read (not from MSM/Leftwing media) and statements Trump made, everything marked classified wasn’t hidden and the DOJ/FBI already knew where iy all was because Trump had previously given them access to the secured room the documents were stored in. He let them see what he had. They requested he install an additional lock and he did.

    Then they got a Trump hating judge to give them a warrant so they could raid Trump’s home and break the lock they requested to confiscate the documents. Documents Trump would have voluntarily given them if they had asked.

    There are no indications or reports that Trump was trying to hide anything from the American Stasi.

    This was done to advance their bogus ‘investigations’ and for the purpose of political propaganda. And it is backfiring biggly on the Leninist Gang that couldn’t shoot straight.

He should have made a box and labeled it A113 or A51.

The warrant gave the FBI permission to go on a fishing expedition in Trump’s home.

Anything dated within the four years of his Presidency or stamped with ‘WH’ could be confiscated for later review. Including anything in Melenia’s lingerie drawer.

Basically the kind of documents and items that end up in Presidential libraries open to the public.

Somehow the Regime thinks anyone in the general voting public who is not already a TDS sufferer won’t see this for what it is.

Their arrogance and assertions of moral superiority cannot possibly be over exaggerated.

Search warrant was a bit broad. Basically any document from any time Trump was in office. Insane.

Trump says he declassified all the documents, The End. No lesser authority can claim he didn’t do it and retain any credibility.

    gospace in reply to Sanddog. | August 12, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    I’m not certain if the people disputing this are misunderstanding it deliberately or just plain ignorant and/or stupid.

      Sanddog in reply to gospace. | August 13, 2022 at 7:40 pm

      I think they can’t wrap their heads around the fact that a President has an enormous amount of power. When it comes to classified material, the president may as well be God. There is no one above them that can tell them what to do when they are the absolute originator of all classified and declassified material. That power stems directly from the Constitution and neither the courts or the Congress can change that.

    Gosport in reply to Sanddog. | August 12, 2022 at 8:49 pm

    More importantly, nobody can prove in court that he didn’t.

Feds trying to get the incriminating evidence so they can destroy it. They can see handwriting on the wall. They were so sloppy. They never imagined they would get caught. Corrupt to the core!

This whole affair has more red flags than a Chicom party Congress.

Sundance at CTH thinks there’s a good possibility many of the documents, if not all, were related to the Russia Hoax.

If so they were declassified by him, acting as POTUS, on several occasions.

Recall the Swamp creatures in the IC/DOJ/FBI resisted those declassifications and successfully, but illegally, obstructed the process of declassifying them and releasing them publicly.

So the purpose of the raid was not ‘national security’ but instead a self interested act intended to protect the IC/DOJ/FBI from the possible release of ’embarrassing’ documents Trump had declassified as President and that they did not want declassified and released.

Impeach Garland. Impeach Wray.

This info is so sensitive it’s leaked to the media? WTH?

Clown World DC. The hed clowns are Wrey and Garland. FJB gave the order. Send in the Clowns.

On top of all that, now Mr. and Mrs. Trump—and probably Barron, too—need all new wardrobes. Imagine having those creepy bastards pawing through your closets. And I bet the Trumps know down to the penny what their clothing costs—so they can be reimbursed.

ObieWanKanObie | August 15, 2022 at 7:06 pm

Here’s the best analysis of the FBI’s motivations I’ve seen anywhere:

https://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/a-different-sort-of-warrant/

The FBI confiscated evidence to be used in the Trump vs. Clinton case in FL.

What’s the grant of clemency to Roger Stone got to do with any of this? That’s already a matter of public record.