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FBI seized in regards to a dozen boxes in raid of Trump home in Florida, lawyer says

Local police officers have emerged while watching home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on August 9, 2022.

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FBI agents seized in regards to a dozen boxes throughout a raid of the Florida home of former President Donald Trump on Monday, his lawyer told NBC News.

The attorney, Christina Bobb, also told NBC on Tuesday a copy of the search warrant that FBI agents left at the Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach indicated agents are investigating possible violations of laws linked to the Presidential Records Act and the handling of classified material.

Monday’s raid was the initial known search by the FBI of the residence of a president or former president regarding the a criminal investigation. Trump had not been in Mar-a-Lago through the search.

Prior to the search, it had been known a federal grand jury in Washington, D.C., was investigating removing records which were extracted from the White House to Mar-a-Lago when Trump left office in January 2021. Some of these documents were marked classified.

The National Archives and Records Administration in January 2022 retrieved 15 boxes of White House records which were delivered to Mar-a-Lago. In those days, NARA said that of these records must have been delivered to the National Archives when Trump left office, as required by the Presidential Records Act.

Workers move boxes from the Eisenhower Executive WORKPLACE on the White House grounds, prior to the departure of U.S. President Donald Trump, in Washington, January 14, 2021.

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Bobb, confirming a merchant account that she first recounted to The Washington Post, told NBC News that lawyers for Trump were speaking with Justice Department officials this spring concerning the records being stored at Mar-a-Lago.

At one meeting, she said, Trump’s lawyers searched through between two and three dozen boxes in a storage space and gave Justice Department officials “several pages”which could meet up with the definition to be a presidential record.

Bobb told NBC News that at one meeting on June 3, she and another Trump lawyer were talking with a senior Justice Department official at Mar-a-Lago when Trump stopped by briefly to state hello.

At that meeting, a source near Trump told NBC New, Trump personally showed the Justice Department official the area where in fact the materials were.

Bobb said Trump officials added a lock on a storage unit after Justice officials said they didn’t believe it had been secure. That lock was broken through the FBI explore Monday, she told NBC.

Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budowich in a fresh statement issued Tuesday, blasted the FBI search.

“Monday’s brazen raid had not been just unprecedented, it had been completely unnecessary,” Budowich said. “President Trump and his representatives have attended painstaking lengths in communicating and cooperating with the correct agencies a thing that is routine for several similar instances.”

“These disgusting actions by [President]Joe Biden’s administration would create a third-world dictator blush,” he said. “However, in the Democrats’ desperate try to retain power, they will have unified and grown the complete conservative movement.”

FBI Director Chris Wray was appointed by Trump.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a statement Tuesday evening, said, “The united states deserves an intensive and immediate explanation of what resulted in the events of Monday. Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should curently have provided answers to the American people and should do so immediately.”

To secure a search warrant, federal police authorities first must show a judge that there surely is probable cause to trust a crime has been committed and that the data they are searching for in the required search pertains to that crime.

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