At the order of a federal judge, the Justice Department on Friday released a heavily redacted copy of the affidavit used to justify the search of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month.
Key details in the document have been struck to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation. That includes the identities of “a significant number of civilian witnesses,” law enforcement agents and uncharged parties, other information that could be used to infer the investigation’s strategy, direction and scope, and information about the federal grand jury investigating Trump’s potential mishandling of classified documents.
Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart described the redactions as “narrowly tailored to serve the government’s legitimate interest in the integrity of the ongoing investigation,” and ultimately overruled prosecutors’ arguments that the entire document should remain sealed.
The Aug. 8 search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida club recovered hundreds of documents from his time at the White House,