Justice Department sought 'evidence of a crime' in Mar-a-Lago search warrant application

Justice Department sought 'evidence of a crime' in Mar-a-Lago search warrant application
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The United States Department of Justice was seeking "evidence of a crime" along with "contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed" in its August 5th application for a warrant to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, which the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed on Monday, August 8th.

The partially-redacted document was ordered released by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart of the Southern District of Florida on Thursday after news outlets argued that the public had a vested interest in knowing what the government suspected of the papers that were stashed away inside Trump's residence.

The Guardian's Hugo Lowell posted it to Twitter on Thursday afternoon.

The Justice Department listed the "willful retention of national defense information," "concealment or removal of government records," and "obstruction of federal investigation" as crimes that were potentially committed by Trump.

READ MORE: Florida judge orders partial unsealing of Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit: report

Some of those materials, reporting revealed last week, pertained to classified secrets about nuclear weapons. It was also learned that Trump is under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act.

This is a developing story and this article has been updated with the correct date of the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search.

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