No doubt you will read many headlines stating that one of the laws President Trump is being investigated for violating is the Espionage Act.
That’s technically true, but the connotation will be that he is therefore going to be accused of being a spy. And that’s not what’s going on. The sections of the Act he is being probed for involve improper use of federal materials. That is, taking White House documents, some of which may allegedly have been classified, down to Florida with him.
According to Fox News:
The government conducted the search in response to what it believes to be a violation of federal laws: 18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information; 18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation; and 18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations.
The allegation of “gathering, transmitting or losing defense information” falls under the Espionage Act.
The former president and his team, though, are disputing the classification and believe the information and records to have been declassified.
Trump posted on his TRUTH Social account Friday that the documents were “all declassified.”
“Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn’t need to ‘seize’ anything,” Trump posted. “They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago.”
Trump added: “It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request.”