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

A lesser version of the previously released affidavit was unsealed by a federal judge in Florida on Tuesday.

It was previously known that Trump’s lawyers provided investigators with an envelope containing 38 unique documents with classification marks, according to court filings. But newly redacted denials in the search warrant affidavit indicate that some of those classified files contained “HCS, SI and FISA” marks, according to court filings made public Tuesday.
These classification marks indicate that the documents were related to highly sensitive government programs. “HCS” refers to human sources or spies who often work with the CIA. “SI” refers to signal intercepts typically handled by the National Security Agency. And “FISA” refers to domestic surveillance and wiretapping related to counterintelligence.

These new revelations confirm for the first time that documents related to these sensitive programs were returned to the US government as part of the June subpoena. Previous court filings indicated that when Trump voluntarily returned 15 boxes of material to the National Archives in January, 184 documents were classified, including those with the same HCS, SI and FISA labels, as well as other classification marks.

Most of the information in the newly sealed document has already been released to the public, but a less verbose version of the affidavit offers some new details about the investigation.

The now-redacted denials in the search warrant affidavit shed new light on the grand jury subpoena that federal investigators used to obtain surveillance tapes from Trump’s company as prosecutors probed the possible tampering with classified files at Mar-a-Lago.

A federal judge previously said this subpoena was issued on June 24. The unredacted filing said the subpoena required the Trump Organization to return “all surveillance video, photographs and/or CCTV from internal cameras located on the ground.” floor (basement)” between January 10 and June 24 of this year.

Trump’s representatives complied with the subpoena on July 6 by giving FBI agents a hard drive, according to the filing. It’s known that the Trump Organization turned over the surveillance footage, but the new filing adds some details about how and when they did it.

This story has been updated with additional reports.