(CTN News) – The Affidavit that the FBI used for obtaining a warrant to search the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump has been released. This afternoon, a federal court released a redacted version of the document.
An FBI special agent with expertise in counterintelligence and espionage investigations affidavit contained 32 pages, nearly half of which were covered in thick black lines obscuring information that led a federal judge to order a search of the Trump property in Florida.
The affidavit released were eight pages of exhibits and supplementary information that were not redacted.
Several areas at Mar-a-Lago were improperly stored with evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed and evidence was being improperly stored, according to the affidavit.
In the affidavit, it is stated that the National Archives obtained 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year with 184 classified documents, including 25 classified as Top Secret, as well as labels indicating they contained national security information.
Such as “FISA.” The Archives referred the case to the Justice Department after some of those documents were intermixed with other files, loose and unlabeled.
The department became suspicious about the nature of other records at the property after working with Trump and his attorneys. A concern was also raised about the organization’s inadequate storage or protection of these documents.
An affidavit shows that the Justice Department also became concerned about misleading public statements made by Trump and a former administration official about the materials the Archives had recovered.
Immediately following the release of the affidavit, Trump posted an emotional statement on his Truth social media account, describing the search as “a break-in.”
When he described his voluntary handing over of some of the improperly kept Mar-a-Lago materials, he said federal law enforcement was engaging in a “total public relations subterfuge.”
Since the Aug. 8 search, there have been more threats of violence directed at the FBI. As the agent in the affidavit anticipated violence from Trump supporters, he requested it be sealed.
In the affidavit, an unidentified agent wrote, “I believe that sealing this document is necessary because the information and items to be seized relate to an ongoing investigation, and the FBI has yet to identify all potential criminal confederates and locate all evidence related to the investigation.
” This affidavit and related documents may have a significant and negative impact on the ongoing investigation if they are disclosed prematurely, and may severely impair its effectiveness by allowing guilty parties to flee, destroy evidence (both electronic and otherwise), change patterns of behavior, and inform criminal confederates.”
As PACER, the country’s main court filing system, was unable to handle requests for the document, the release was delayed until past the noon deadline set by the court.