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WASHINGTON — A redacted copy The FBI’s affidavit used to justify the Aug. 8 search for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was released Friday, revealing details of the federal government’s efforts to recover classified documents. recovery, including top secret information.

The 36-page affidavit, much of it heavily redacted, said FBI agents conducted a preliminary assessment in mid-May of the contents of 15 boxes that Trump returned to the National Archives in January from his Florida property, and “identified documents with classification marks in fourteen of the FIFTEEN BOXES.”

According to the affidavit, agents found 184 unique documents with classification markings. It stated that 25 documents were marked “TOP SECRET”, 67 documents marked “confidential” and 92 “secret”. According to the affidavit, agents observed markings indicating various control systems designed to protect various types of sensitive information, including markings indicating information collected by “clandestine human sources,” such as a report by a CIA officer or someone the Defense Intelligence Agency works Bureau.

The release of the FBI affidavit came after U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled on Thursday that the document could be unsealed after the Justice Department submitted proposed redactions.

Reinhart approved the order allowing federal agents to search Trump’s Florida property on Aug. 8 after determining the affidavit revealed probable cause. He reiterated earlier this week that he had found in Mar-a-Lago a “probable cause that evidence of multiple federal crimes would be found” and that he was “convinced – and am – that the facts sworn by the affiant are reliable.” “.

The affidavit contains substantial redactions in the section on providing a probable reason for the August search, which spans about 20 pages. An almost completely obscured section is titled, “There is probable reason to believe that classified [National Defense Information] and presidential records remain on the property.”

In the end, during the Aug. 8 search, FBI agents removed 11 additional sets of classified documents, including some labeled classified and top secret, according to the property receipt of items that were recovered. There were also documents described as ‘SCI’ documents, which stands for highly classified ‘sensitive compartmentalized information’.

The Justice Department had objected to the release of the affidavit. The document itself says that any “premature disclosure” of the affidavit and other related documents “could have a significant and negative impact on the ongoing investigation and seriously compromise its effectiveness by giving criminal parties the opportunity to flee, revealing evidence destroy (electronically stored and otherwise), change behavior patterns, and notify criminal allies.”

The affidavit noted that based on the federal investigation, the government believed the storage area where boxes of presidential documents were kept at Mar-a-Lago, as well as Trump’s suite, his office, and other spaces “within the property are currently are not authorized locations for the storage of classified information.”

Pages from the affidavit of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant by the FBI
Pages from the FBI’s affidavit in support of obtaining a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.Jon Elswick / AP

In June, Justice Department attorneys sent Trump’s attorneys a letter reiterating that Mar-a-Lago could not be used to store classified information, according to the affidavit. The Justice Department requested in the letter that the room where the documents were stored “will be secured and that all boxes moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago (along with all other items in that room) will be kept in that room.” room in their current state until further notice.”

The government concluded in the affidavit that “probable reason exists to believe that evidence, contraband, fruits of crime or other items illegally possessed in violation of U.S. law” will be found on the property’s property.

Attached to the affidavit is a May 25 letter from Trump attorney Evan Corcoran to Jay Bratt, head of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Division of the Department of Justice’s National Security Division.

Corcoran described interactions with the National Archives as “friendly, open and uncomplicated” and called the transfer of presidential records – as required by law – as “voluntary and open.”

He tried to argue that presidential actions involving classified documents are not subject to criminal sanctions, because Trump was not an “officer, employee, contractor or adviser to the United States.”

In a separate archive of 13 pages On Friday, the Justice Department reiterated its plea for redaction of parts of the affidavit, including “to protect the safety and privacy of a significant number of civilian witnesses, in addition to law enforcement.”

“If witnesses’ identities are revealed, they could be exposed to harm, including retaliation, intimidation or intimidation, and even threats to their physical safety,” the government wrote, pointing to recent threats to law enforcement after the Mar-a-Mar-a-house search. Lago.

Mar-a-Lago
Police stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.Wilfredo Lee / AP

The Justice Department also argued that revealing certain information “could seriously penalize the government in seeking further information from witnesses”. And it said the government has “reasonable concerns that steps could be taken to frustrate or otherwise disrupt this investigation if the facts in the affidavit are revealed prematurely.”

In a court filed Friday night, Trump’s legal team argued that the redacted affidavit “provides almost no information that would allow [Trump] to understand why the raid took place, or what was taken from his home. The few lines that haven’t been edited raise more questions than answers.”

That filing was an additional motion to a petition earlier this week in which Trump asked for a court-appointed special master to oversee the handling of materials seized from Mar-a-Lago. His lawyers argued Friday that the appointment of a special captain would have “no effect” on the search warrant case currently before Reinhart “which has been largely closed with the release of a heavily redacted affidavit.”

Reinhart said in his warrant on Thursday that the Justice Department had shown sufficient reason to redact portions of the affidavit, agreeing that releasing the document in its entirety would reveal the identities of witnesses, law enforcement officers and “unindicted parties.” , as well as the scope and methods of the investigation. The Justice Department had also shown that the editorials were “closely tailored,” he wrote.

The Presidential Records Act mandates that all presidential records be properly kept by each administration so that a full set is turned over to the National Archives at the end of an administration.

Trump also received a federal grand jury subpoena in the spring for sensitive documents the administration believed it was retaining after his departure from the White House, NBC News previously reported. A source who spoke on condition of anonymity said the subpoena was related to documents Trump’s legal team discussed with Justice Department officials in early June.

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