Updated Jul 6, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Read: New Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant details released

Former President Donald Trump reacts to crowd applause during a campaign event on July 1, 2023 in Pickens, South Carolina.

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Authorities on Wednesday unsealed further portions of an affidavit the FBI used to obtain a warrant to search former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida nearly a year ago.

The big picture: The slightly less-redacted document underscores the wealth of evidence investigators had gathered before the raid that retrieved over 100 classified documents, which ultimately led to the first federal indictment of a former U.S. president.

  • Among the newly unredacted details is evidence of surveillance footage appearing to show Trump aide Walt Nauta, referred to in the affidavit as "Witness 5," moving boxes in May and June.
  • Nauta faces charges including conspiracy to obstruct justice and making false statements and his arraignment hearing is due to take place Thursday.

Driving the news: A federal judge in Florida ordered the release of the updated document on last August's raid, but said he would deny a request from a coalition of media organizations to fully unseal it "to comply with grand jury secrecy rules and to protect investigative sources and methods."

The intrigue: Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said in his order Wednesday that a certain portion must remain under seal as it "identifies investigative steps that have not yet been made public."

For the record: Trump has pleaded not guilty to charges related to retaining classified information and obstruction of justice.

  • A spokesperson for Trump said when asked for comment on the new release that the former president offered to cooperate in returning the documents, but the Department of Justice rejected this and proceeded with the raid.
  • Representatives for the DOJ did not immediately respond to Axios' request for comment.

Read the updated Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant in full, via DocumentCloud:

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from a spokesperson for former President Trump and further context.

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