After days of waiting and a flurry of motions from the Department of Justice attempting to keep the affidavit used in the FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago sealed indefinitely, a redacted affidavit was finally released on Friday afternoon just before the 12:00 p.m. ET deadline set by federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart. There was such a rush to view the affidavit, however, that the government’s website where federal court records are posted completely crashed for nearly 30 minutes.
Once the site recovered, the affidavit was revealed to be a 38-page document that is heavily redacted — despite Judge Reinhart saying that the FBI’s redactions are “narrowly tailored” — leaving even more questions still unanswered. In all, 20+ pages are entirely or significantly redacted.
What remains un-redacted is a narrative of what most already knew: 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 that began after the National Archives and Records Administration referred the matter to the Justice Department on February 9, 2022.
The affidavit also mentions a CBS Miami news article about moving trucks being “Spotted at Mar-a-Lago,” a statement by Trump about the Archives’ requests for documents, and significant chunks of text and presumably images that the government’s case is based on entirely blacked-out.
In a memorandum that was also unsealed Friday, the government’s case for its redactions to the affidavit is *also* heavily redacted. The government cited witness information, a road map for its investigation into Trump, potential disclosure of a matter before a grand jury, law enforcement safety, and broad “privacy interests” as its basis for redacting the affidavit. “In short, the government has well-founded concerns that steps may be taken to frustrate or otherwise interfere with this investigation if facts in the affidavit were prematurely disclosed,” the memo explains.
The redacted affidavit can be viewed below:
What a wast of page space. The FBI is simply covering their ass. Can’t wait for the ‘22’s to end and the new Congress is Oathed in. FBI heads will roll and retirements will be forfeited under the Hess Clause.
Well be NO “new Congress is Oathed in”.
Elections will be same stolen by anti-American FASCISTS as in 2020.
I hope you are right but so far we don’t see much from republicans
I wish some person in charge of the moving of President Trump’s belongings had kept records of what was taken. How are we to know, since President Trump left the WhiteHouse the way he did, piecemeal. That some counterfeit information was not inserted into his belongings. In preparation for just such an invasion to “find”. None of this explains why Melania’s clothing was searched. Maybe they were “Swatted” by an evil employee? Who told someone that they saw things in the closet that were confidential. But they were lying. Even the people who entered to get the last 15 boxes could have easily “salted” other containers in the same storage place. There are too many possibilities, even the FBI could have “salted” what was taken out. I can promise you that President Trump did not spend time in the storage area inventorying the contents so that he could have found such materials. Even Hillary, according to the FBI could remember nothing about her server!! Cleared by the same agency that hounded President Trump for more than 5 yrs. I have no respect for the “FBI”. Isn’t that why they did not rescue the Ambassador due to fear of finding out about what they were really up to, and blamed it on a short film!
when are the FBI going to ransak Hillory Clintons home ?to get all the info that she has hidden ,I just want an answerplease.