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DOJ releases less-redacted version of Mar-a-Lago classified docs search warrant

By Victor Nava
July 5, 2023

Florida Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered on Wednesday that more of the search warrant affidavit that allowed the FBI to raid former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and resort be made public and the Justice Department has complied.

Reinhart’s ruling denied a request by media organizations that the entire affidavit be unsealed but allowed for a less-redacted version of the document to be released by the Justice Department on Wednesday.

The newly unredacted portions of the affidavit show that before the search, the FBI was aware that “between January 21, 2021, and late August 2021” Trump was storing boxes “in at least two different rooms within the premises.”

The affidavit explains that when FBI agents and DOJ officials met with Trump’s counsel at Mar-a-Lago on June 3, 2022, to retrieve documents subpoenaed by the Justice Department, they observed about 50-55 boxes inside a storage room at Trump’s Palm Beach, Fla., club after 15 boxes had been provided to the National Archives and Records Administration out of the approximately 85-95 boxes Trump was believed to be in possession of. 

“It appears that approximately fifteen to thirty of the FPOTUS BOXES had previously been relocated elsewhere. The FBI agents also observed that the composition of boxes differed such that fewer Bankers boxes were visible, while more plain cardboard boxes and storage bins were present. Other items were also present in the STORAGE ROOM, including a coat rack with suit jackets, as well as interior décor items such as wall art and frames,” an unredacted portion of the affidavit reads.

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