8/26/2022

DOJ/FBI: “A redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the August 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property was unsealed Friday [August 26, 2022].

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

[U.S. Magistrate Judge] Reinhart wrote that the DOJ had ‘met its burden’ of showing why portions of the affidavit should be redacted, including that the disclosure would reveal identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents and uncharged parties…

The action followed months of dispute between Trump’s team, the Justice Department and the National Archives over his complaints with the Presidential Records Act, which mandates that presidential records belong to the government, not the former president. DOJ attorneys issued a subpoena for additional records last spring, as well as security footage, but reportedly had reason to believe that additional boxes were being held at Mar-a-Lago.”

-Ted Johnson, “Court Unseals Redacted Version Of Affidavit Used To Justify Search Of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Property,” deadline.com, August 26, 2022