Anyone following the case knows by now that the affidavit and memo relating to the Mar-A-Lago Search by the FBI, was released Friday. It didn’t reveal much other than what was already known: That Trump had allegedly stored government records at his vacation resort, and the possibility that some of them were classified.
“The government is conducting a criminal investigation concerning the improper removal and storage of classified information in unauthorized spaces, as well as the unlawful concealment or removal of government records,” the opening page of the affidavit reads.
The affidavit reveals that “There is probable cause to believe that additional documents that contain classified ( national defense information ) or that there are presidential records subject to record retention requirements currently remain at ( Mar-a-Lago ). There is also probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found at ( Mar-a-lago).”
Much of the affidavit was largely redacted, prompting many social media users on Twitter to criticize and ridicule the document.
In the meantime, Trump’s defense team had filed a request/lawsuit/motion to prevent the FBI from going through the seized documents, and to have the court authorize a third party to review the documents removed from Mar-A-Lago.
“Politics cannot be allowed to impact the administration of justice,” the request reads. “Law enforcement is a shield that protects Americans. It cannot be used as a weapon for political purposes.”
Especially when that person is Donald Trump.
Sources: The Week, AP News.