Judge Cannon Unseals FBI Files in Trump Classified Documents Prosecution

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Fort Pierce, Florida, April 22, 2024 – A trove of documents pertaining to the FBI’s investigation into former President Trump and the subsequent raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in 2022 was unsealed Monday evening by U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, who presides over the case involving classified materials.

You can read the unsealed documents HERE:

United States of America v. Donald J. Trump, Docket # 23-cr-80101-AMC-1 – Unsealed FBI Documents 4-22-2024 (Docket # 469-1)

The released documents offer a detailed account of the personnel involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid and a step-by-step timeline of the operation. Among the documents is an FBI file revealing that the agency’s probe into Trump’s alleged mishandling of classified information was codenamed “Plasmic Echo.”

“This document contains information that is restricted to case participants,” the file states, identifying the investigation as “PLASMIC ECHO; Mishandling Classified or National Defense Information, Unknown Subject; Sensitive Investigation Matter.”

Another memo, now unsealed, documents Attorney General Merrick Garland’s role in the investigation. Dated March 30, 2022, the memo indicates Garland’s authorization for the investigation to escalate to a “full investigation.”

In addition, an FBI document dated August 17, 2022, outlines the unprecedented raid on Trump’s Palm Beach estate, providing insight into the personnel involved and a minute-by-minute overview of the operation, commencing with the FBI’s arrival at Mar-a-Lago.

The operation involved accessing a safe in the “45 Office” and transporting seized documents to Washington, specifically to the FBI’s Washington Field Office (WFO).

According to the documents, the raid, authorized by a search warrant issued on August 5, 2022, commenced at 10:33 a.m. on August 8, 2022. Before entering Mar-a-Lago, FBI leadership coordinated with local United States Secret Service (USSS) leadership for facilitation and access.

Personnel involved included agents from the FBI’s Washington Field Office, FBI Headquarters, and Miami Field Office, along with attorneys from the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office Southern District of Florida.

On the morning of the raid, Trump characterized his estate as “under siege” by the FBI but claimed full cooperation with investigators.

The timeline of the raid, as outlined in the unsealed documents, is as follows:

Aug. 8, 2022:
08:59 a.m. — FBI team enters Mar-a-Lago
09:01 a.m. — Exterior entry photographs initiated
09:14 a.m. — Attempted telephonic contact with attorney [redacted]
09:36 a.m. — Telephonic contact established with [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. — Resumption of entry photographs
10:55 a.m. — Review of “45 Office” by Filter Team initiated
01:33 p.m. — US Attorney’s Office SDFL approves FBI entry into “45 Office” safe
02:23 p.m. — Initiation of exit photos of “45 Office”
04:33 p.m. — Conclusion of Mar-a-Lago premises search
06:19 p.m. — Property receipt provided to Attorney [redacted]
07:52 p.m. — Seized evidence arrives at FBI Field Office Miami
08:18 p.m. — Seized evidence secured in temporary storage at FBI Field Office Miami

Aug. 9, 2022:
07:08 a.m. — Seized evidence removed from temporary storage
07:13 a.m. — Briefing provided by FBI Field Office Miami SWAT Team Leader
07:54 a.m. — Seized evidence departs FBI Field Office Miami
08:34 a.m. — Seized evidence arrives at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL)
08:35 a.m. — Loading of seized evidence onto aircraft
08:49 a.m. — Aircraft departs FLL
11:00 a.m. — Aircraft arrives at Reagan International Airport (DCA)
11:15 a.m. — Transfer of potentially privileged seized evidence to FBI Washington Field Office Filter Team
11:20 a.m. — Departure of seized evidence from DCA
11:50 a.m. — Arrival of seized evidence at FBI Washington Field Office.

The case is United States of America v. Donald J. Trump, Docket # 9:23-cr-80101-AMC-1. The case is pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida before the Honorable Aileen M. Cannon.


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