“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.”
A quote from the affidavit used to attain a warrant to search the residence of former Pres. Trump.
aug 29, 2022
Why It Matters: The affidavit provided a basis for a warrant, approved by a federal judge, for the FBI to search the estate of former President Trump. The issue at hand: The handling (or mishandling) of classified/top-secret documents by the former President.
- This affidavit is heavily redacted, so we don't have the complete picture. However, we do know as a result of this affidavit, a search warrant led the FBI to remove what's being described as multiple sets of classified records from the president's estate during a search on August 8th.
- Whether or not the former President will be charged with a crime remains TBD.
- A criminal charge related to classified documents against a former president would be unprecedented.
- It is also unusual for an affidavit to be released during an ongoing investigation (because it can reveal a lot into an investigation before law enforcement even decides to charge a person with a crime), but because of what's described as "extraordinary public interest" in this situation, a judge approved the redacted release.
Here's a link to the affidavit
The below video was recorded prior to the affidavit being released but still provides some context, as the investigation appears linked to a referral from the National Archives about record-keeping and the former president: