The Justice Department on Friday finally released a heavily redacted affidavit justifying the unprecedented FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate earlier this month.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the warrant that led to the FBI’s Aug. 8 raid, had ordered the unsealing of the blacked-out affidavit by 12 p.m.
“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,” the 38-page affidavit started.
The identity of the FBI agent who filed the affidavit was among the first details to be redacted in the document.
The FBI carried away more than 20 boxes from Mar-a-Lago, with 11 sets of classified government records, some labeled “top secret.”
The search was part of a federal investigation into whether Trump illegally removed and kept documents from the White House when he left office in January 2021 and whether he tried to obstruct the government’s investigation.