JThe FBI sought to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after finding probable cause that highly sensitive national defense information and evidence of obstruction of justice existed there, according to a redacted version of the affidavit that obtained federal agents a warrant to search the property of the former president.

The affidavit — partially redacted by the Justice Department to protect details of the criminal investigation into Trump’s unauthorized withholding of government secrets — offered several new details about the investigation that a senior official said none was only in its “early stages”.

Here are five takeaways from the affidavit, in which the Justice Department also said the FBI has “not yet identified all potential criminal accomplices” and “has not located all evidence related to its investigation. “:

New probable cause details

First and foremost in the affidavit: The Justice Department had good reason to believe crimes were being committed in specific areas of Mar-a-Lago, including Trump’s home, the lobby of his residence known as of Pine Hall, its “office 45” and a storage facility, among other locations.

The affidavit offered no indication of potential charges against the 45th and former President of the United States, but it did mention that the FBI believed ‘evidence of obstruction’ would be found at the scene – indicating a broader investigation than the government’s only efforts to recover sensitive documents.

New details on FBI sources

Speculation swirled for weeks around Trump and his team about how the FBI knew the location of its specific safe rooms where sensitive documents were located, and the Justice Department appeared to offer some insight into the situation. origin of this information.

The Justice Department said in the legal memo explaining its redactions to the affidavit that it was seeking to protect “a significant number of civilian witnesses” — the first such reference surrounding its sources — as well as other members of the FBI and the US government.

Ranking doesn’t matter

Around the discussion in the affidavit of classified or declassified documents kept by Trump at Mar-a-Lago, the Justice Department noted that the classification did not matter for violations of the law on the espionage or laws concerning the suppression of official documents.

The Justice Department explained in a footnote that the law criminalizes “unlawful withholding of information related to national defense” that could harm the United States or aid an adversary, whether the document is classified or declassified. .

The Underlying Basis of the FBI’s Concern

As part of the rationale for seeking a search warrant for Mar-a-Lago, the affidavit detailed how an FBI review of documents Trump returned to the National Archives in May 2022 demonstrated a history of custody of some of the US government’s most sensitive secrets. at Mar-a-Lago.

The Justice Department said that of the documents recovered by the National Archives, 184 had classification marks. Some also bore markings reading “SI” for Special Intelligence, “HCS” for Clandestine Human Source Intelligence, and “NOFORN” for “Not Communicable to Foreign Nationals.”

Storage room to be secured

Some people close to Trump tried to imply that they were surprised the Justice Department considered the storage room inadequate for keeping boxes of classified information, because officials had supposedly only asked for a “stronger lock” for the door, which has been installed.

However, the affidavit made no mention of a lock. In fact, it showed the Justice Department told Trump attorney Evan Corcoran in June that Mar-a-Lago was not authorized to store classified information and requested that the exhibit be kept in her condition until further notice – suggesting she was already under investigation. .