The release of a less-redacted version of the affidavit outlining the legal justifications for the FBI’s August search and seizure of materials from former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Florida was permitted by a court on Tuesday, according to a report in the Washington Examiner.
In response to concerns that the initial version of the affidavit provided in August concealed too much information from the public, federal prosecutors at the Justice Department petitioned the court to release the amended version of the affidavit.
The portions of the affidavit that had previously been redacted show that Trump’s lawyer failed to notify the DOJ that the former president had declassified the records.
“When producing the documents, neither [Trump] COUNSEL 1 nor INDIVIDUAL 2 asserted that [Trump] had declassified the documents,” a new portion of the affidavit explained.
“The documents being in a Redweld envelope wrapped in tape appears to be consistent with an effort to handle the documents as if they were still classified,” the affidavit went on.
Trump lawyer Christina Bobb who who the document refers to as “Individual 2.”
According to the latest declaration, Bobb acknowledged in a letter he signed in June that all classified information had been given to the government. The document uses the term “counsel” to refer to Evan Corcoran, another Trump attorney.
“In addition to [Trump] COUNSEL 1, another individual, hereinafter ‘INDIVIDUAL 2,’ was also present as the custodian of records for FPOTUS’s post-presidential office,” the affidavit said.
“INDIVIDUAL 2 provided a Certification Letter, signed by INDIVIDUAL 2, which stated the following…Any and all responsive documents accompany this certification; and d. No copy, written notation, or reproduction of any kind was retained as to any responsive document,” the document went on.
The portions of the affidavit that had previously been redacted were recently released, and they showed that the DOJ’s subpoena for surveillance video from the Trump Organization demanded video from as far back as January 10, or about a week before agents from the National Archives and Records Administration seized 15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago in January.
To determine who might have had access to the documents hidden at Mar-a-Lago, the DOJ had requested the video.
The newly unredacted portions indicated that representatives from the Trump Organization handed over a hard drive containing the tape to FBI officials. Close to the storage room where the 15 crates were kept, Trump had surveillance cameras. According to the additional admissions in the affidavit, the 15 boxes contained “184 unique papers with