Judge unseals less redacted version of affidavit used for Mar-a-Lago search warrant

The less-edited version of the previously released affidavit was unsealed by a federal judge in Florida on Tuesday.

Trump’s attorneys were previously known to have given investigators an envelope that, according to court records, contained 38 unique documents with non-disclosure marks. But the newly overturned redactions in the search warrant affidavit indicate that some of those classified files contained tags for “HCS, SI and FISA,” according to court filings released Tuesday.
These classification marks indicate that the documents were related to extremely sensitive government programs. “HCS” refers to human sources or spies, often working with the CIA. “SI” refers to the interception of signals typically handled by the National Security Agency. And “FISA” refers to domestic surveillance and interception related to counterintelligence.

These new revelations confirm for the first time that documents related to these sensitive programs were returned to the US government under the June subpoena. Earlier court filings showed that when Trump voluntarily returned 15 boxes of materials to the National Archives in January, they contained 184 classified documents, including some with the same HCS, SI and FISA labels, as well as other classification markings.

Most of the information in the newly unsealed document has already been made public, but the less redacted version of the affidavit provides some new details about the investigation.

The now-overturned redactions in the search warrant affidavit shed new light on the grand jury subpoena federal investigators used to obtain surveillance tapes from Trump’s firm, which prosecutors used when investigating possible misuse of classified files in Mar -a-Lago examined.

A federal judge has previously said that this subpoena was served on June 24. The newly unredacted filing states that the subpoena required the Trump Organization to turn over “any and all surveillance footage, video, photographs and/or CCTV from internal cameras located on the ground floor (basement)” between April 10, 2018. January and June 24 of this year.

Trump’s representatives complied with the subpoena on July 6 by giving FBI agents a hard drive, the filing says. The Trump Organization is known to have turned over the surveillance footage, but the new filing adds some details on how and when they complied.

This story has been updated with additional reports.

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