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Violations of the Espionage Act carry major risks for Trump

Former prosecutors and other officials said the top-secret documents housed at Mar-a-Lago posed a “serious” threat to U.S. national security because they were not protected from foreign adversaries.

  • Trump has downplayed the security threat of keeping documents in a locked basement storage room.
  • Authorities said the warrants indicated an urgent need to retrieve documents classified under the Espionage Act.
  • Details of the FBI investigation suggest that Trump’s actions made it easier for foreign spies to access potentially classified information.

Former President Donald Trump is downplaying what the FBI found Monday in a search of his South Florida residence and members-only club, denouncing as “a hoax” media reports that authorities were looking for documents related to nuclear weapons and other top-secret matters.

“The issue of nuclear weapons is a hoax,” Trump posted on Truth Social on Friday morning.

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