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Several investigations into Former President Trump by the Biden DOJ are not bringing any charges forth against Trump.
The ‘Russiagate” investigation, the raid on the Trump family home in Florida, and the investigation into the events on Jan 6 at the U.S. Capitol all have not borne any fruit against the former president.
The recent raid on Mar-a-Lago resulted in documents in question.
Repeatedly called “classified” by the media and Democrats, the documents in Trump’s possession were slated to be a part of his upcoming presidential museum.
Trump has stated that he himself declassified the documents before leaving the Oval Office.
The reason behind the raid on the Trump home has been hidden in the affidavit of the search warrant, most of which was redacted and not shared.
Now a judge has unsealed more of the search warrant, although much still remains redacted.
The Epoch Times reports:
“The DOJ investigation was triggered by a referral from the National Archives and Records Administration, which asserted it found classified records when Trump transferred records to the agency in January.
“Several of the documents also contained what appears to be [Trump’s] handwritten notes,” the newly unredacted portion of the affidavit also said.
That information was allegedly gleaned when FBI agents carried out a preliminary review of 15 boxes that were provided by Trump to the National Archives and Records Administration, identifying some documents with classification markings from May 16 to May 18 of this year.
There were 184 documents bearing classification markings, including 92 documents marked as ‘secret’ and 25 marked as ‘top secret.’
Trump and members of his team have said that he had a standing declassification order while he was in office, and days after the raid, he wrote that all of the documents obtained by the FBI were declassified by him.
Days later, he pointed to a memorandum issued during his final day in office saying he will declassify materials relating to the FBI Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”
The FBI proceeded to spy on Trump and his aides.
Under that investigation, the FBI obtained warrants via a FISA court to electronically surveil former Trump campaign aide Carter Page as part of their investigation into whether Trump colluded with Russia.
It was later revealed that the FBI relied on now-discredited information contained within a series of memos and notes written by former UK spy Christopher Steele, who was conducting opposition research on Trump during the 2016 campaign.
Several of the warrants used to spy on Page were later deemed invalid by the DOJ.
So the spying did not turn out well.
When U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart first released a version of the affidavit last month, approximately 20 pages of the 38-page affidavit were either significantly or fully redacted.
That version of the affidavit revealed that the FBI said it had “probable cause to believe ” that additional records containing classified information, including national defense information, would be found on the premises of Trump’s home, beyond what he had already turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration.
The Justice Department asked, and Reinhart agreed Tuesday to reveal parts of the Trump affidavit that were originally redacted, specifically related to grand jury subpoenas.
When Reinhart on Tuesday unsealed more portions of the Department of Justice (DOJ) affidavit that was used to obtain an FBI search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, it was revealed that an unnamed FBI agent said that the former commander-in-chief turned over Human Intelligence Control Systems and Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) materials.
What the documents entailed was not disclosed by the government, according to the newly released version of the affidavit (pdf), which was uploaded Tuesday.
More portions of the court document were unsealed, although much of it remained redacted.
In the copy of the document released on Friday, an FBI agent whose name was withheld said they “observed markings reflecting the following compliments/dissemination controls: HCS (Human Intelligence Control Systems), FISA, ORCON (originator controlled), NOFORN (not for release to foreign nationals), and SI (special intelligence)” earlier this year.
Former White House adviser Kash Patel, meanwhile, told the Wall Street Journal in mid-August he believes some of the materials taken by the FBI related to the Russia investigation, The Epoch Times reports.
That means other people might be implicated by the information.
Patel described the raid as politically motivated.
“It had to do with Russiagate. It had to do with the Hillary email scandal. It had to do with a whole lot of other stuff. And [Trump] said, ‘This is all declassified,’” Patel said.
According to Patel then, it is not Trump who would want the documents to remain classified.
In addition to the references to the documents, the further unsealed affidavit shows that a grand jury subpoenaed footage from Mar-a-Lago surveillance cameras on June 24.
The affidavit shows that Trump complied and provided a hard drive of the footage.
Trump has not, however, released the footage captured by his home CCTV cameras of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.