Trump calls DOJ probe a 'hoax'; experts, citing the Espionage Act, have a grimmer assessment

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Espionage Act violations carry major risk for Trump

Former prosecutors and other officials say keeping top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago posed a “grave” threat to U.S. national security because they were not safeguarded from foreign adversaries.

  • Trump downplayed the security threat from keeping documents in padlocked basement storage room.
  • Authorities said the Espionage Act referred to in the warrant shows urgent need to recover classified documents.
  • Details of the FBI search suggest Trump’s actions made it easier for foreign spies to potentially access classified info.

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

“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax,” Trump posted to Truth Social on Friday morning.

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