Judge Unseals Documents on FBI’s Trump Raid, Probe into Classified Docs

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has just unsealed documents related to the FBI’s investigation into President Donald Trump which resulted in a raid on his Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

Cannon is the judge presiding over President Trump’s classified documents case led by Special Counsel Jack Smith.

The judge unsealed a slew of documents Monday evening.

The files pertain to the federal investigation into the 45th president and the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2022.

The new documents provide a detailed look into the personnel involved in the raid.

They also reveal a play-by-play timeline of the raid.

One of the documents is an FBI file that suggests the agency’s investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents was dubbed “Plasmic Echo.”

“This document contains information that is restricted to case participants,” the document reads.

It adds, “PLASMIC ECHO; Mishandling Classified or National Defense Information, Unknown Subject; Sensitive Investigation Matter.”

Another unsealed FBI memo memorialized the role of Democrat President Joe Biden’s Attorney General Merrick Garland in the investigation.

In a document dated March 30, 2022, Garland provided his approval to allow the investigation into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified documents to upgrade to a “full investigation.”

“This email conveys Department of Justice (DOJ) Attorney General (AG) [Merrick Garland] approval for conversion to a full investigation,” a synopsis of the restricted document reads.

Another unsealed FBI document, dated Aug. 17, 2022, detailed the FBI’s unprecedented Aug. 8 raid on Trump’s Palm Beach estate.

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The documents describe the personnel involved in the raid.

They provide a by-the-minute breakdown of the incident beginning with the FBI’s arrival at Mar-a-Lago.

It includes entering a “45 Office” safe and later taking seized documents back to Washington.

These docs were ultimately taken to the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO).

“A search warrant, 22-mj-8332-BER, issued in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida on August 5, 2022, was executed at 1100 South Ocean Boulevard, Palm Beach, Florida 33480 at 10:33 a.m. on August 8, 2022,” the document reads.

The personnel at the raid consisted of four agents from the FBI WFO, one FBI Headquarters personnel, 25 agents from the FBI Miami Field Office, one DOJ Counterintelligence and Export Control Section attorney, and one attorney from the U.S. Attorneys Office Southern District of Florida.

Trump famously said on the morning of the raid that his Mar-a-Lago estate was “under siege” by the FBI.

He also said to be in full cooperation with investigators.

According to the unsealed documents, the approximate timeline for the raid is as follows:

Aug. 8, 2022

08:59 a.m. — The FBI team entered the Mar-a-Lago premises

09:01 a.m. — Entry photographs of exterior initiated

09:14 a.m. — Telephonic contact with attorney [name redacted] attempted

09:36 a.m. — Telephonic contact established with [name redacted]

10:13 a.m. — CCTV activated on Mar-a-Lago premises

10:33 a.m. — Search of Mar-a-Lago initiated

10:55 a.m. — Entry photographs resumed

10:55 a.m. — Filter Team review of “45 Office” initiated

01:33 p.m. — US Attorney’s Office SDFL approves FBI entry in “45 Office” safe

02:23 p.m. — Exit photos of “45 Office” initiated

04:33 p.m. — Search of Mar-a-Lago premises concluded

06:19 p.m. — Receipt for Property provided to Attorney [name redacted]

07:52 p.m. — Seized evidence arrived at FBI Field Office Miami

08:18 p.m. — Seized evidence secured in FBI Field Office Miami temporary storage

Aug. 9, 2022

07:08 a.m. — Seized evidence removed from FBI Field Office Miami temporary storage

07:13 a.m. — Convoy briefing provided by FBI Field Office Miami SWAT Team Leader

07:54 a.m. — Seized evidence departed FBI Field Office Miami

08:34 a.m. — Seized evidence arrived at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)

08:35 a.m. — Seized evidence loaded on aircraft

08:49 a.m. — Aircraft departs FLL

11:00 a.m. — Aircraft arrives at Reagan International Airport (DCA)

11:15 a.m. — FBI Field Office Miami Filter Team Lead transfers potentially privileged seized evidence to FBI Washington Field Office Filter Team

11:20 a.m. — Seized evidence departs DCA

11:50 a.m. — Seized evidence arrives at FBI Washington Field Office.

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By Frank Bergman

Frank Bergman is a political/economic journalist living on the east coast. Aside from news reporting, Bergman also conducts interviews with researchers and material experts and investigates influential individuals and organizations in the sociopolitical world.

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