Redacted version of Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit set to be made public on Friday | US News
A redacted version of the affidavit used to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate will be made public on Friday.
It is likely to contain important information about the justification for the search of the FBI agents on August 8 and some of the evidence the government presented to the judge.
U.S. District Court Judge Bruce Reinhart’s order came hours after federal law enforcement filed under its seal parts of affidavits it wanted to keep secret as part of the investigation. they are conducted.
However, the transactions or blackouts proposed by the set are likely to be broad, so it’s unclear how much new information about the investigation will be revealed.
On Monday, Judge Reinhart acknowledged that it’s possible the transactions would be so extensive as to leave the public version of the document without any meaningful information.
The justice department has opposed its release, even in redacted form, saying it risks influencing an ongoing criminal investigation and disclosing information about witnesses.
Mr. Trump, who has repeatedly claimed that the search was politically motivated, issued a statement on social media calling on the court to cancel the unanswered version.
What we know so far about the search
The Florida property search is part of a federal investigation into whether Mr. Trump illegally removed documents when he left office in January 2021, after losing the presidential election. before Joe Biden or not.
Documents made public as part of an investigation show that the FBI obtained from the property 11 sets of classified documents, including information marked as top secret.
They also show that the FBI is investigating “deliberate withholding of national defense information,” the concealment or deletion of government records, and obstruction of a federal investigation.
By law, presidential documents are not the property of the president and must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), the U.S. government agency that preserves historical and government records. .
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Mr Trump personally announced the search in a statement, claiming that agents broke into his safe and saying it represented “dark times for our nation”.
He tried to justify his actions, saying without providing evidence that he had a standing order to declassify the documents in question. However, none of the three laws cited by the justice department in the search warrant required proof that the documents were in fact classified.
The former president’s attorneys have asked a federal judge to stop the FBI from continuing its review documents recovered from Mar-a-Lago.
He has suggested that he could run for the White House again in 2024 but failed to make any commitments.