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‘Very Real and Very Serious’: Donald Trump in Legal Crosshairs over Seized Documents

By James Politi

14 Aug 2022 · 4 min read

Editor's Note

The FT details the severity of the potential charges facing the former president for violations of the U.S. espionage act after the F.B.I. searched his Florida estate for top-secret documents.

Former president potentially committed national security crime by storing classified material at his Mar-a-Lago estateDonald Trump has mocked, dismissed and railed against the FBI and US Department of Justice for the search of his Mar-a-Lago estate this week.

But the warrant that was presented to the former president’s attorneys to justify the swoop on his Florida home to retrieve boxes of classified documents he had retained since leaving the White House — and was unsealed on Friday night — showed that US enforcement authorities believe he may have committed crimes related to national security, the mishandling of government material and obstruction of justice.

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