A federal judge on Tuesday released additional sections of documents submitted by the FBI to obtain a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence last August.
The new information revealed reflects that the Justice Department issued a court order on June 24 to the Trump Organization demanding video from surveillance cameras near a Mar-A-Lago storage room where there were dozens of boxes of materials classified.
The document indicates that the Trump Organization delivered a hard drive with the recording of the cameras on July 6 in response to the court order.
The FBI requested the recording several weeks after agents observed some 50 boxes of records in the storage room during a visit to the residence, it adds.
On August 8, federal agents searched Trump’s property and seized more than 11,000 documents and 1,800 other materials, including more than 100 confidential documents.
A heavily redacted version of the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant was released last monthbut the Justice Department said it decided to make additional potions public after Trump’s lawyers revealed the existence of a grand jury subpoena in June.
The role of the grand jury in a case like this is to investigate and rule on whether or not the recording should be ordered released.
According to department attorneys, with the existence of the grand jury investigation becoming publicly known, there is no longer any reason to keep the details of the camera footage in the document sealed.
The FBI is investigating possible crimes related to the retention of Trump’s presidential records, and even a potential violation of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice.
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