The heavily redacted version of the eagerly awaited affidavit that served as legal justification for this month’s raid on former President Trump’s home has outraged lawmakers.
The FBI obtained a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago on August 8 using a redacted affidavit, which Florida Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart released on Friday.
The 38-page affidavit had about 20 pages that were either heavily redacted or completely removed.
According to the unsealed and heavily redacted affidavit used to support the raid, the FBI stated that it had “probable cause to believe” that additional records containing classified information, including National Defense Information, would be discovered on the premises of the former president Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in addition to what he had already turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration.
.@TheJusticeDept, this is unacceptable.
The American public deserves more transparency. pic.twitter.com/aAAN26Vtei
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) August 26, 2022
The redaction of the document even includes the redaction of its justifications.
One section of the affidavit attempts to justify the continued use of text that has been completely blacked out.