Greater than two weeks after the FBI launched its surprise raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the Department of Justice has unsealed a version of the affidavit used to acquire a search warrant on the property.
Over the department’s strong objections, a federal judge in South Florida ordered officials to redact portions of the document that might impact their investigation, and release the remaining to the general public.
The warrant was issued on Aug. 5 based on claims made within the affidavit, which is a sworn statement often made by an investigator. The document could potentially shine just a little more light on why a storm of FBI agents descended on Trump’s golf club, where he now lives, to seize a trove of presidency documents on Aug. 8.
Trump is believed to have taken greater than 700 pages of highly classified documents with him to Mar-a-Lago, in accordance with The Recent York Times, maintaining the state secrets in a padlocked space for storing. But little has been made public about their precise contents, or the potential consequences should they be leaked.
The unsealed version is heavily redacted. Because the Justice Department argued in a distinct court filing, the complete document “is replete with further details that will provide a roadmap for anyone intent on obstructing the investigation.”
Read the unsealed affidavit below: