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DOJ releases FBI Trump raid affidavit

Then U.S. President Donald Trump surveyed storm damage and met with residents along with Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey. (Shealah Craighead/White House via ZUMA Wire/TNS)
August 26, 2022

On Friday, President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) released the affidavit behind the search warrant FBI agents used to raid former President Donald Trump’s home earlier this month. The affidavit was heavily redacted and, as a result, failed to clarify the DOJ’s justification for the raid. 

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart — who approved the Trump search warrant — ordered the DOJ to provide the court with a version of the affidavit that could be released to the public. Reinhart then ordered the heavily-redacted version of the affidavit to be released to the public on Friday. 

Trump erupted over the largely blacked-out affidavit on his social media platform Truth Social. 

“Affidavit heavily redacted!!! Nothing mentioned on ‘Nuclear,’ a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding document turnover – WE GAVE THEM MUCH,” Trump wrote

“Judge Bruce Reinhart should NEVER have allowed the Break-In of my home. He recused himself two months ago from one of my cases based on his animosity and hatred of your favorite President, me. What changed? Why hasn’t he recused himself on this case? Obama must be very proud of him right now!”

“WITCH HUNT!” Trump added in a separate post. 

While the identity of the agent behind the affidavit was redacted, the document reveals that he is a “Special Agent with the FBI assigned to the Washington Field Office.”

“During this time, I have received training at the FBI Academy located at Quantico, Virginia, specific to counterintelligence and espionage investigations,” the affidavit states. “Based on my experience and training, I am familiar with efforts used to unlawfully collect, retain, and disseminate sensitive government information, including classified NDI.”

The previously unsealed search warrant to raid Trump’s home revealed that the FBI is investigating the former president for a potential violation of the Espionage Act, as well as the removal or destruction of records and obstruction of an investigation. Conviction of such crimes can result in fines or imprisonment.

The same FBI office that led the Trump raid also led the Trump-Russia “collusion” investigation, which was codenamed “Crossfire Hurricane.” Peter Strzok, the former leader of the investigation, was fired after a series of anti-Trump tweets, but multiple agents who worked on Crossfire Hurricane remain in the office’s counterintelligence unit, the New York Post reported.  

The unit is also currently under investigation for Crossfire Hurricane, with both Special Counsel John Durham and the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility examining the division. 

Trump declassified “Certain Materials Related to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane Investigation” on his final day in office in Jan. 2021, according to a White House memo.