Federal investigators obtained a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
estate earlier this month by pointing to a raft of highly classified material they’d already obtained from there, according to a legal affidavit unsealed Friday.
Records the FBI obtained from Trump’s Florida home in advance of the Aug. 8 search bore indications they contained human source intelligence
intercepts under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and signals intelligence, as well as other tags indicating high sensitivity.
Several of those tightly-controlled documents contained Trump’s “handwritten notes,” the partially-redacted affidavit detailing the Justice Department investigation says.
In those boxes, agents found 184 unique documents, 25 of which were marked “top secret,” 92 of which were marked “secret,” and 67 of which were marked “confidential”
the lowest level of national security classification. According to the affidavit, NARA officials found some of those “highly classified records were unfoldered
Prosecutors also added in another court filing unsealed Friday that the ongoing criminal probe into government records stashed at
Trump’s Florida home has involved “a significant number of civilian witnesses” whose safety could be jeopardized if their identities were revealed.
The partial release of the heavily-redacted affidavit and related court documents is the latest development in a fast-moving legal saga
that poses an acute threat to the former president. Experts say it is unprecedented in nature.