Release of the redacted affidavit supporting the search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago

A partial transcript of the affidavit used to support the extraordinary search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida was made public by the Justice Dept on Friday.

Highly classified information at Mar-a-Lago: The 15 boxes of papers that were first retrieved from ex - president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in January contained highly sensitive data about national defence.

Documents with the designation "Top Secret" were found in the search warrant's affidavit, which also cites 184 distinct documents with classification marks, including 67 tagged as "Confidential," 92 marked "Secret," and 25 marked "Top Secret."

Not safe: There were "not currently permitted places for the storing of sensitive material or" national defence information at Mar-a-Lago, Pine Hall, Trump's apartment, and his "45 Office." On the property, there were several locations where documents were kept.

Why did a judge approve the distribution of the redacted affidavit? The release was mandated by U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart on Thursday, who noted that the government may limit the redactions while maintaining the accuracy of the inquiry.

What a statement from the Justice Department: Danger that the affidavit would betray the investigation's approach or deter witnesses from collaborating led department lawyers to oppose its release.

 Reinhart discovered that the redactions would stop those outcomes though.