Judge unseals additional details from Trump raid affidavit

The federal judge who authorized the search warrant for the unprecedented FBI raid of former President Trump’s home has unsealed more of a mostly redacted affidavit that the Department of Justice originally wanted to keep completely secret.

The new details released by Judge Bruce Reinhart show that Trump surrendered a hard drive of surveillance footage to the feds as part of their investigation into classified records, Fox News reported.

Judge unseals it

The feds sent Trump a subpoena on June 24 demanding all surveillance footage from cameras in the basement of his Mar-A-Lago estate, starting on January 10, 2022, the affidavit says.

“On July 6, 2022, in response to this subpoena, representatives of the Trump Organization provided a hard drive to FBI agents.”

Reinhart released the affidavit in heavily redacted form last month after rejecting the DOJ’s argument that it would be dangerous to release even with redactions. The DOJ then requested the affidavit be released with fewer redactions. Much of the affidavit remains unreadable, still.

Another section the judge unsealed claims that Trump’s lawyers gave no indication Trump had declassified anything when the FBI initially came to Mar-A-Lago on June 3 to retrieve records.

The feds were handed a “Redweld envelope wrapped in tape” which they surmised had been handled “as if [the records] were still classified.”

More leaks and questions

The DOJ has accused Trump of secretly withholding classified records from the government, but Trump has said he declassified the files and that the government is trying to “criminalize” his possession of presidential records.

Trump and his allies have also blasted the raid, in which agents were authorized to seize any records created during Trump’s presidency, as a political fishing expedition meant to stop him from running for office again.

The former president has fought with the DOJ to have a special master appointed to review the seized files, the nature of which remain unclear.

“Left unchecked, the DOJ will impugn, leak, and publicize selective aspects of their investigation with no recourse,” one of the filings from Trump’s lawyers said.

Leakers inside the DOJ have shared information with the media about Trump’s alleged wrongdoing, despite the department’s official insistence on secrecy.