Heavily Redacted Affidavit Released on Trump News Live

 Heavily Redacted Affidavit Released on Trump News Live

The document will almost certainly have several redactions as a result of the DOJ's earlier opposition to its release to the public. The affidavit on Mar-a-Lago is expected to be made public in the next hour at 12 p.m. ET today. The FBI searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8. Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart signed an order allowing the affidavit to be unsealed.

The final version of the document is expected to be heavily redacted. Several pages of text have been blacked out. The FBI investigated how classified documents ended up at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. Documents seized in the raid were sent to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The document will almost certainly have several redactions as a result of the DOJ's earlier opposition to its release to the public. The affidavit on Mar-a-Lago is expected to be made public in the next hour at 12 p.m. ET today. The FBI searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8. Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart signed an order allowing the affidavit to be unsealed.  The final version of the document is expected to be heavily redacted. Several pages of text have been blacked out. The FBI investigated how classified documents ended up at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. Documents seized in the raid were sent to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

The redacted affidavit on Mar-a-Lago is expected soon.

The affidavit used to support the federal government's request to search the Mar-a-Lago estate of former President Donald Trump is expected to be made public in the next hour.

 

The document will almost certainly have several redactions as a result of the DOJ's earlier opposition to its release to the public. Major news organizations had lobbied for the affidavit to be unsealed.

 

Bruce Reinhart is the federal magistrate judge who approved the FBI's search on August 8 and has presided over decisions on whether to unseal search-related documents. The search warrant and the property receipt listing the items taken by FBI agents from Mar-a-Lago were both made public earlier this month.

 

The DOJ argued that making the affidavit public would "highly likely compromise future investigative steps" due to the possibility of revealing information about witnesses. According to the Associated Press, the DOJ is expected to have redacted some witness-related information to prevent their identities from being revealed and to allow cooperation to continue as the investigation progresses.

 

The information that is visible may provide insight into how federal agents made the historic decision to search a former president's private residence.

 

Reinhart has directed the DOJ to make the redacted version of the affidavit available by 12 p.m. ET today.

Meadows, Mark Called to Testify in Election Probe in Georgia

The Fulton County district attorney has asked for more former President Donald Trump associates to testify in Georgia's election interference investigation.

 

According to the Associated Press, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis filed petitions to hear testimony from Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows and lawyer Sidney Powell on Thursday.

 

The petitions request that both appear before a special grand jury in Atlanta next month.

 

Meadows and Powell, according to the district attorney, have "unique knowledge" of their communications with the former president, his campaign, and others regarding attempts to influence the 2020 election in Georgia.

 

According to the Associated Press, Willis is "involved in multi-state, coordinated efforts to influence the results of the November 2020 elections in Georgia and elsewhere."

 

Several others, including Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, have recently been called to testify. Earlier this month, Giuliani testified before a special grand jury. Graham is still fighting his subpoena in court.

Affidavit with Significant Redactions Is Released

The redacted affidavit used to justify the search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida earlier this month has been made public.

 

Several pages of text have been blacked out in the document.

 

The affidavit begins, "The government is conducting a criminal investigation concerning the improper removal and storage of classified information in unauthorized spaces, as well as the unlawful concealment or removal of government records."

 

According to the affivadit, 15 boxes were transported from Mar-a-Lago that "were reported by NARA [the United States National Archives and Records Administration] to contain, among other things, highly classified documents intermingled with other records."

 

The redacted affidavit was made public shortly after 12 p.m. ET on Friday.

 

12:19 PM 32 minutes ago Judge Signs Order to Unseal Redacted Affidavit at EDT

Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart has ordered the release of the affidavit used in the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8.

 

The final version of the document is expected to be heavily redacted.

 

On Friday, Reinhart, the magistrate judge who approved the FBI's initial search warrant earlier this month, signed an order allowing the affidavit to be unsealed.

 

The redacted document is expected to be made public soon.

The Purpose of the Investigation, According to the Affidavit

The redacted affidavit, which was unsealed on Friday, explained what triggered the federal investigation that led to FBI agents searching former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8.

 

The affidavit, dated August 5, stated that the federal government "is conducting a criminal investigation concerning the improper removal and storage of classified information in unauthorized spaces, as well as the unlawful concealment or removal of government records."

 

The investigation began in February, when the National Archives and Records Administration (FBI) notified the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that it had received "highly classified documents" as part of a set of 15 boxes of materials sent to NARA by Trump's office in January.

 

According to the affidavit, the FBI launched an investigation after "an initial review of the NARA referral" to "determine how the documents with classification markings and records were removed from the White House" or other approved storage locations and ended up at Mar-a-Lago.

 

According to the affidavit, the investigation was also looking into "whether any additional classified documents or records may have been stored in an unauthorized location" and whether they were still there, as well as "identify any person(s) who may have removed or retained classified information without authorization and/or in an unauthorized space."

The Justice Department has released a heavily redacted affidavit used to justify the August 8 search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.

Judge Bruce Reinhart made the decision to unseal the affidavit on Thursday, just hours after the DOJ submitted its proposal for redactions in an effort to protect witnesses from intimidation or retribution.

Prior to the decision, Trump and many of his supporters demanded that the entire affidavit be made public.

On Monday, the former president sued the DOJ, requesting that a special master be appointed to review seized materials.

According to Newsweek, the raid was prompted by a tip from an informant who was familiar with the type of documents Trump kept.

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