Court Unseals Redacted Version Of Affidavit Used To Justify Search Of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Property

Update: a modified version of Affidavit Used to justify the 8 August discovery Donald Trump‘s mar-a-lago The property was sealed on Friday.

The heavily blacked-out document nevertheless showed that, of the 15 boxes Trump initially sent to the National Archives, 184 documents had classification marks, including 25 marked as top secret.

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The ceiling covered by the cable news network attracted intense interest and, given journalists’ desire to see the documents, Pacer, a database used by federal courts, was overloaded.

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before: A judge on Thursday ordered the release of a revised version of the FBI affidavit used to justify the Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, in which FBI agents found 11 sets of classified documents. retrieved.

US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart’s ruling came after the Justice Department submitted a proposed revised version of the affidavit, which was used to explain to the court why a search warrant was needed for the Trump property.

Reinhart wrote that the DOJ had fulfilled “its burden” of showing why parts of the affidavit should be amended, including that the disclosure would reveal the identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents and uncharged parties, And it will also disclose protected grand jury information and the investigation’s “strategy, scope, sources and methods.”

The release was ordered by Friday afternoon. The Justice Department, which at all opposed the release of the affidavit, can still appeal.

Earlier this month, Reinhart ordered a search warrant and property receipt to be sealed showing what had been collected from Trump’s estate.

Trump claimed on his Truth social platform that he “did nothing wrong” and that a search of his home was illegal. The action comes after months of disputes between Trump’s team, the Justice Department and the National Archives over his complaints. Presidential Records Act, which mandates that the president’s records belong to the government, not the former president. DOJ attorneys issued a subpoena last spring for additional records as well as security footage, but reportedly had reason to believe additional boxes were being held at Mar-a-Lago.