The Federal judge ordered an additional part of the affidavit to be disclosed to the public that previously issued a search warrant at Donald Trump’s residence in Miami.
Here are the details of the news.
New Details From Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Made Public
On Wednesday, a U.S. Federal magistrate judge ordered the unsealing of an additional part of the affidavit that the F.B.I. used last year to obtain a search warrant at former President Trump’s Florida residence for classified documents.
The magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed off the August search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, ordered the additional part of the affidavit to be made public, revealing a few details of how the classified documents were found at the Trump’s private club and residence in Florida.
The former President faces 37-count federal charges concerning the mishandling of sensitive classified documents, including illegal retention of documents of national importance, obstruction of the government’s effort to recover them, and falsifying statements to hide the documents.
According to the report, much of the details in the affidavit unsealed on Wednesday had already been revealed to the public in the first hearing of Trump and his aide Walt Nauta in Miami last month.
Trump pleaded not guilty to all allegations in Miami federal court, while Nauta was ordered to appear another day.
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The newly disclosed information in the affidavit includes a picture of 61 boxes in the Mar-a-Lago storage room and a detailed description of the multiple angles captured by the CCTV cameras outside the room.
The affidavit indicates that prosecutors had based their search on surveillance video from CCTV cameras near a storage room at Mar-a-Lago showing Nauta moving dozens of boxes in and out of the room days before federal prosecutors visited to collect sensitive records.
The affidavit states that On May 24, 2022, and June 1, 2022, Nauta carried 64 boxes out of the storage room at Mar-a-Lago but returned only 25-30 of them.
The affidavit also reveals that between January 21, 2021, and August 2021, the initial boxes were kept in two different rooms at Mar-a-Lago, including a storage room and Trump’s residence.
It details how three F.B.I. agents and the Department of Justice reached Mar-a-Lago on June 3, 2022, and met Trump’s legal lawyer.
The lawyer told the D.O.J. that all the records had been stored in a storage room and that he had been told there were no other records kept in another location. However, after entering the storage room, F.B.I. agents found evidence that some boxes may have been moved.
The F.B.I. noted it found out the existence of the secret cameras they were handed the contents of a hard drive by Trump Organization representatives. The CCTV included four cameras in the basement between April 23, 2022, and June 24, 2022.
During the visit, Trump’s lawyer handed over a Redweld envelope of 38 classified documents and told investigators that all of the documents in the warrant were being handed over and a diligent search of the residence had been done.
In addition, the affidavit reveals that investigators found other boxes with the classified documents’ boxes, which contained merchandise, including challenge coins, garment bags, Mar-a-Lago photograph frames, and other decorative items.
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