The heavily redacted affidavit used to justify the unprecedented raid on former President Trump’s home at Mar-A-Lago has now finally been released. The raid was reportedly connected to an FBI investigation into former President Trump’s alleged decision to retain numerous classified documents.
As The Wall Street Journal reports:
The affidavit, which was due to be filed in federal court in Florida by noon, is expected to offer new glimpses into the Justice Department’s investigation into Mr. Trump’s handling of classified material and presidential records as well as the government’s justification for the Aug. 8 search.
Justice Department officials, citing national-security concerns and fears of witness intimidation, are expected to have removed sensitive details about tactics and the direction and scope of the probe. But even a redacted document could shed new light on what led to the search, which set off a furious political response and heightened the legal jeopardy for Mr. Trump as he contemplates another White House bid.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the warrant to search the Florida complex, on Thursday ordered the government to release the redacted affidavit after advocacy groups and news-media companies, including Dow Jones & Co., the publisher of The Wall Street Journal, petitioned the court earlier this month to make the document public.