A judge approved on Tuesday the release of a more complete version of the affidavit regarding the FBI’s August raid into former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida where several documents were seized.
Federal prosecutors at the Justice Department have petitioned the court to release a newer version of the affidavit as the previously heavily redacted version kept a lot of information private.
The new portions of the affidavit available say that neither Trump nor Christina Bobb (INDIVIDUAL 2), Trump’s lawyer, had asserted that the documents have been declassified and instead treated them “as if they were still classified.”
Evan Corcoran (COUNSEL 1), another Trump lawyer, is also mentioned in the affidavit.
The affidavit also reads, “INDIVIDUAL 2 provided a Certification Letter, signed by INDIVIDUAL 2, which stated the following…Any responsive documents accompany this certification; and d. No copy, written notation, or reproduction of any kind was retained as to any responsive document.”
The newly released affidavit also reveals information regarding the DOJ’s request for surveillance footage from the Trump Organization. The footage requested dated back to Jan. 10. This would have been about a week after the National Archives and Records Administration officials originally seized 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago.
Trump and others have previously requested that the full affidavit be released to the public. The DOJ originally refused to do so, saying it could pose a national security concern. Still, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who originally was the one to approve the Mar-a-Lago search, demanded that an initial draft should be released last month.
As part of the FBI raid, a total of 26 boxes of material were retrieved, including 100 documents with classified markings.