DOJ cites Espionage Act and removing government records in Trump search warrant

12 August, 2022
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DOJ cites Espionage Act and removing government records in Trump search warrant

The search warrant used to seize documents at former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence was made public Friday.

The search warrant was released after the Department of Justice asked a judge to approve unsealing the search warrant. On Friday, Trump’s legal team said it would not object to its unsealing.

There were three potential criminal statutes listed in the search warrant. In order to obtain a search warrant, officials would have to prove they have probable cause they would find evidence of a crime.

The statutes listed were:

  • 18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation generally
  • 18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information
  • 18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy

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