Last week, a federal judge unsealed additional portions of the FBI affidavit used to obtain the search warrant on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
The newly unsealed portions are related to the June subpoena requesting the surveillance footage from inside Mar-a-Lago and the receipt of a hard drive containing the footage.
A heavily redacted version of the affidavit was released last month, but the DOJ requested permission to unseal more of the document after Trump’s lawyers revealed the existence of the grand jury subpoena seeking video footage from surveillance cameras located near the Mar-a-Lago storage room where the documents were kept.
The DOJ argued that there was no reason to keep those portions of the affidavit redacted now that the Trump people made the grand jury subpoena public.
The newly unsealed portions reveal that on June 24, the FBI requested the grand jury subpoena the surveillance footage following an earlier visit to Mar-a-Lago in which the agents observed as many as 50 to 55 boxes of records being kept in a storage room.
In response to the subpoena, the Trump team provided a hard drive of the footage on July 6, according to the affidavit.
It is likely the surveillance footage obtained in July was a key piece of the Justice Department’s investigation into the ongoing document controversy, including its investigation into possible obstruction.
In a separate filing, the DOJ had said that it had “developed evidence” that records were “concealed and removed” from the storage room in question as a way to “obstruct the government’s investigation.”
Earlier this month, a federal judge granted Trump’s request for the appointment of a special master to review the documents seized in the August 8 raid to remove those covered by claims of executive or attorney-client privilege.
Last week, Judge Raymond Dearie was named the special master in the case.