Justice Department Releases Redacted Version of Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant
The Justice Department released the redacted version of the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search warrant on Friday, a day after a federal judge ordered its release. The redacted version omits information about the grand jury, the identity of the witnesses and the FBI agents involved, and the unindicted parties, as well as the strategy, direction, scope, sources, and methods of the investigation, which the department believes sensitive because it could harm the investigation and put witnesses at risk.
Florida Judge Bruce Reinhart, the same judge who approved the FBI search warrant, noted that the Justice Department presented compelling arguments for keeping the warrant summary secret, serving the legitimate interest of the government in protecting the integrity of its ongoing investigation.
The redacted version states that the August 8 search warrant was requested after the review of an initial batch of 15 boxes recovered in January, in which 184 classified documents of high national security were identified, the disclosure of which would have compromised the security of the “clandestine human sources” involved in intelligence gathering as well as national security. Some of the seized documents contain handwritten notes by the former president.
The document also describes the government’s unsuccessful efforts for months to negotiate the recovery of government materials stolen from the White House by a former president who considers them his private property.
The legal problems are aggravated for the former president investigated for violation of the Espionage Law, obstruction of justice, and unauthorized theft and storage of state documents. Although Trump’s lawyers would not potentially face criminal charges, there is speculation that they could be used in the investigation as witnesses against the former president.
For his part, Trump unleashed his fury yet again in response to the release of the search warrant, accusing the FBI and Justice Department of engaging in “public relations subterfuge.” Criticism in which he incriminates himself by admitting that he knew of the existence of the classified documents and refused to hand them over. In addition, the former president expected favorable treatment from a federal judge appointed during his administration.
In related information, a joint investigation by ‘The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’ and the Project on Organized Crime and Corruption Information reveals how an impostor managed to repeatedly infiltrate the residential complex last year and alternate in the vicinity of the former president. Information that could justify the alarm of the FBI and its concern about the existence of secret government documents in Mar-a-Lago.
According to the investigation, a woman named Inna Yashchyshyn, posing as a member of a famous European banking family, managed to get into the former president’s exclusive Florida club and play a round of golf on a nearby course where Trump and his ally, Senator Lindsey Graham, in May 2021.
Entry into the luxurious club of Yashchyshyn, from an obscure background, and in reality the daughter of an Illinois trucker, on multiple occasions and using a false identity, exposes security vulnerabilities in a facility that serves both as a residence for the former president. as a private club.
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