Redacted search warrant affidavit used by FBI ​to raid Donald Trump's ​Mar-a-Lago ​are ​released

Redacted search warrant affidavit used by FBI ​to raid Donald Trump’s ​Mar-a-Lago ​are ​released

Fourteen boxes taken from ex-President Donald Trump’s Florida estate by the FBI contained documents marked classified, it was revealed yesterday.

Redacted search warrant affidavit used by FBI ​to raid Donald Trump’s ​Mar-a-Lago ​are ​released


The US justice department revealed yesterday that 14 boxes taken from ex-president Donald Trump’s Florida estate contained documents marked classified.

The FBI retrieved 14 boxes from ex-President Donald Trump’s Florida estate in January, and the documents contained “a lot of classified records”.

Mr Trump claims his passports were stolen during the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, but denies any wrongdoing.

Read the redacted document justifying the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid

The Justice Department released on Friday a redacted copy of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s resort home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Read the 32-page affidavit that lays out the FBI’s probable cause to search Trump’s home.

Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit released

Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit released. Channel 4 News

The FBI found 184 documents with classification markings at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL. The Justice Department released a legal brief explaining why it proposed the redactions to the affidavit.

The FBI searched Trump’s office on August 8 after becoming suspicious that his team wasn’t being fully truthful about the situation.

News outlets filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the warrant materials, and Trump has previously called for its release. The pace of the proceedings around the search has showcased the disarray in Trump’s legal response to the investigation.

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FBI search warrant affidavit

The FBI told a judge that there was probable cause to believe that classified national security materials were improperly taken to “unauthorized” locations at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and that a search would also likely find “evidence of obstruction”.

The Justice Department sought a warrant after the National Archives recovered 15 boxes of presidential materials from Mar-a-Lago. The FBI found 184 documents with classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL.

The Justice Department released a legal brief explaining why it proposed the redactions to the affidavit, including possible threats to witnesses. The brief said revealing the affidavit’s details could adversely impact the investigation.

The government has concerns that revealing facts in the affidavit could frustrate or interfere with the investigation.

The FBI released a sworn affidavit on Friday, written by a special agent who was trained in counterintelligence and espionage investigations.

A special agent authored an affidavit saying that several documents contained national defense information and the former president’s handwritten notes.

The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8 after becoming suspicious that Trump’s team wasn’t being fully truthful about the situation.

The FBI used a “Privilege Review Team” to search Trump’s office to protect against potential attorney-client privilege issues. If the team determined that any documents were potentially attorney-client privileged, they could seek a court determination or disclose the documents to the potential privilege holder.

After news of the search broke, news outlets filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the warrant materials. The Justice Department was initially willing to release some of the warrant documents, but prosecutors balked at releasing the warrant affidavit itself.

Trump has previously called for its release and shared audio on Truth Social saying that he did nothing wrong.

The audio appears to have been recorded prior to the affidavit being unsealed Friday afternoon, and Trump said that the campaign was attacked before the midterms.

President Joe Biden mocked Trump for claiming to have declassified all the material he took with him to Mar-a-Lago, and said he doesn’t know the details and doesn’t want to know.

Trump’s attorneys did not raise objections to the search before Reinhart, but did so in a separate lawsuit filed before a different judge. He asked for a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of the materials it seized at Mar-a-Lago.

The pace of the proceedings around the FBI’s search has showcased the disarray in Trump’s legal response to the investigation, according to documents that have been made public.

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