FBI seizes privileged Trump records during raid; DOJ opposes request for independent review: sources

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EXCLUSIVE: The FBI seized boxes of attorney-client privilege during the raid on former President Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News, adding that the Justice Department opposed Trump attorneys’ request for the appointment of an independent, special captain to oversee the administration.

Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News on Saturday that the former president’s team had been told that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33 and a series of documents – all featured on the final page of the FBI’s title deed – contained information that falls under attorney-client privilege.

The FBI seized classified data from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some classified as top secret. But the former president disputes the classification, saying the records have been released.

The FBI’s search warrant and property deed on Monday were formally unlocked Friday afternoon.

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Attorney-client privilege refers to a legal privilege that keeps communications between an attorney and his client confidential.

Sources told Fox News that some records may be subject to administrative law, which gives the President of the United States and other officials within the executive branch the power to withhold certain sensitive forms of advice and consultations between the president and senior advisers.

Donald Trump leaves NYC after FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago . resort
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It’s unclear at this time whether the records include communications between the former president and his private attorneys, White House counsel during the Trump administration, or a combination of the two.

Sources told Fox News that because of attorney-client privilege, Trump’s team asked the Justice Department for their stance on whether they would support a third-party, independent special master to review those records, but sources said Fox News that the DOJ had notified Trump’s team. that they would oppose that request.

The Justice Department and the FBI declined to comment.

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The search warrant and title deed for Monday’s FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago were unsealed by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Friday afternoon.

A security guard stands outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.

A security guard stands outside Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
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Prior to the release of the documents, Fox News reviewed the warrant and receipt, which revealed that the FBI seized classified documents from Trump’s home, including some classified as top secret. Trump disputes the classification and says the records have been released.

Reinhart signed the warrant on August 5, authorizing the FBI to conduct his search “on or before August 19, 2022” and “from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. during the day.”

“The locations to be searched include the ’45 Office’, any storage areas and any other rooms or areas within the property that are used or available for use by FPOTUS and its staff and that may contain boxes or documents, including any structures or buildings on the estate,” the warrant reads, but did not allow agents to search areas occupied by Mar-a-Lago members or not used by Trump and personnel.

The order gave agents the authority to seize “any physical documents and data constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed” in violation of the U.S. Code, including documents with classification markings and presidential records that were made between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021.

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According to the title deed, which was checked before being released by Fox News, FBI agents took about 20 boxes of items from the property, including a set of documents marked “Various Classified/TS/SCI Documents,” which refers to top secret. / sensitively compartmentalized information.

Records that fall under that government level of classification may contain human intelligence and information that, if made public, could endanger relations between the United States and other countries, as well as the lives of intelligence agencies abroad. However, the classification also includes national safety information related to the day-to-day activities of the President of the United States.

The title deed also shows that FBI agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of classified documents and three sets of confidential documents.

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The title deed does not reveal any details about any of those records.

The list also includes a “leather box of documents”, folders with photos, handwritten notes, miscellaneous documents, various top secret documents, various confidential documents and other documents.

A police officer speaks with a woman outside the Mar-a-Lago home of former US President Donald Trump after Trump said FBI agents raided the home, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, August 8, 2022.

A police officer speaks with a woman outside the Mar-a-Lago home of former US President Donald Trump after Trump said FBI agents raided the home, in Palm Beach, Florida, US, August 8, 2022.
(REUTERS/Marco Bello)

The government conducted the search in response to what it considers a violation of federal laws: 18 USC 793 — Collecting, transmitting, or losing defense information; 18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal, or mutilation; and 18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration, or falsification of data in federal investigations.

The claim of “collecting, passing on or losing defense information” falls under the Espionage Act.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced this week that he has personally approved the request to obtain a search warrant to search the former president’s private residence.

Trump’s office received a grand jury subpoena this spring for classified documents he allegedly stole from the White House when he left office in 2021. A source close to Trump told Fox News that the former president cooperated with the subpoena by handing over documents to the FBI.

According to the source, a subpoena was issued to a “President Custodian” regarding the materials the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) attempted to collect after he claimed Trump improperly took those classified records from Washington DC to Mar-a-Lago.

A source close to Trump told Fox News that Trump has been cooperating with the investigation into the NARA records for a year.

Aerial footage of Mar-a-Lago after FBI raid

Aerial footage of Mar-a-Lago after FBI raid
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On June 3, the FBI visited Mar-a-Lago to retrieve the documents requested in the subpoena, which Trump complied with, a source told Fox News.

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Those investigators toured the Florida resort area where some of the documents were stored, examined and took custody of a small amount of potentially sensitive material. Separate sources told Fox News that federal investigators had spoken to at least one person who had relayed the possibility of more sensitive National Security equipment in that storage area and other parts of the property.

FBI officials that day asked to see a storage facility where the records were located. The FBI asked staff to lock down the storage area, which they later did.

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Justice Department on January 5, 2022 in Washington, DC

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Justice Department on January 5, 2022 in Washington, DC
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This source said Trump and his staff were and are committed to complying with the Presidential Records Act, which requires presidential administrations to keep certain records.

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Trump received that subpoena two months prior to the FBI’s unprecedented raid on a former president of the United States’ private residence — which took place early Monday morning.

The source questioned whether the federal magistrate judge who signed the FBI’s warrant for the Mar-a-Lago raid on Monday was aware of Trump’s “past compliance with subpoenas,” adding that, if the FBI was looking for additional documents, another subpoena could have been issued, as Trump and his team were “cooperative” and handed over documents and records in response to the subpoena issued in the spring.

The Valley Voice
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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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