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FBI seized top secret documents in Trump estate search

The receipt for property that was seized during the execution of a search warrant by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., is photographed Friday, Aug. 12, 2022.

WASHINGTON — Court papers show that the FBI recovered documents labeled “top secret” from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The papers released Friday indicate the seized records include some that were marked top secret and also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation’s most important secrets and those that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” harm to U.S. interests.

The court records did not provide specific details about what information the documents might contain.

Trump backed the warrant’s “immediate” release, but contended the government could have had them any time by asking.

The FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate sent reverberations across the country, even before court papers were unsealed Friday.

They showed agents recovered documents labeled “top secret” as they investigated potential violations of three laws, including one that governs defense information under the Espionage Act.

Trump has denied wrongdoing as he faces legal scrutiny from multiple quarters.

The search this week into classified records taken from the White House has been months in the making. The saga began in January when 15 boxes of presidential records were retrieved from Mar-a-Lago.

Republicans in Congress are not only defending Donald Trump against the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home.

They’re also capitalizing on it politically with grave and potentially dangerous rhetoric against the nation’s justice system.

The Republicans are stirring up opposition to the FBI and tapping into political grievances and far-right conspiracies that fed the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

For the party that once stood staunchly for law-and-order, it’s a dramatic reversal. It’s all part of an election year strategy to harness voter outrage over the unprecedented search and win Republican control of the House in the midterm elections.

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