After the allegedly politically motivated FBI raid on President Donald J. Trump’s family home last week, Democrat Joe Biden and his Department of Justice (DOJ) received a powerful rebuke of their perceived authority. The rebuke came from the federal court that initially granted the FBI permission to conduct the raid.
In a news release regarding their actions that pushed the murky DOJ, which was attempting to deny the American people the transparency into government agencies that is protected for citizens by the Constitution, Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group of citizen investigators, conducted a victory lap.
According to Carmine Sabia’s article for Conservative Brief, “Media organizations have requested to see the affidavit that prompted a judge to grant a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago house, and now they have their answer.”
US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart has announced that he will lift the seal on a few of the search warrant docket’s sealed procedural documents.
The judge stated, “I am not prepared to find that the affidavit should be fully sealed,” indicating that at the very least, part of the affidavits will be made public.
“According to the judge’s comments, the filings are the Department of Justice’s motion to seal the warrant documents, the order granting that sealing request, and the criminal cover sheet,” according to CNN.
The group said in a press release that they want further information to be made public in addition to the affidavit:
Judicial Watch Victory: Court Rejects Biden DOJ Effort to Keep Trump Warrant Affidavit Completely Sealed
DC (Washington) – Regarding Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart’s decision to approve Judicial Watch’s request to unseal at least a portion of the affidavit and other records used to support the unprecedented search on former President Trump’s residence, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement:
Judicial Watch achieved a key court victory today over the Biden Justice Department’s desperate move to keep the Trump warrant affidavit completely sealed. The court outright rejected the Justice Department’s brazen play to keep the whole document secret. The Biden administration’s unprecedented and abusive raid on Trump’s home has created a rule of law crisis that can only be alleviated with transparency and accountability. And, we’re thrilled that Americans will get more of both with today’s court decision, finding that at least some more information about this terrible raid should be released.
James Moon of the Miami law office Meland Budwick, P.A. presented the Judicial Watch argument. Following today’s hearing in West Palm Beach, Florida, the judge issued the following order:
As I ruled from the bench at the conclusion of the hearing, I find that on the present record, the Government has not met its burden of showing that the entire affidavit should remain sealed. It is ORDERED that by noon EST on Thursday, August 25, 2022, the Government shall file under seal its proposed redactions along with a legal memorandum setting forth the justification for the proposed redactions.
The court also mandated the disclosure of further warrant-related papers.
Judicial Watch filed a request on August 9 (U.S. v. Sealed Search Warrant (Case No. 9:22-mj-08332)) seeking the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to quickly unseal the search warrant documents used by the FBI to raid President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida).
The DOJ submitted a motion on August 11 offering to unseal specific warrant materials.
the 12th of August, Judicial Watch President Trump’s public declaration, in which he made it plain that he would not object to the disclosure of data pertaining to the August 8, 2022, raid, was submitted to the court by Judicial Watch. The files related to the Trump raid warrant were partially released by the DOJ later that day.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Initially, the Albany Times Union and the New York Times joined Judicial Watch in filing for the unsealing of the warrant by filing an amicus letter and motion, respectively. Other interests later joined in the effort.
The Justice Department was ordered by Magistrate Judge Reinhart to respond by August 15 to Judicial Watch’s Motion to Unseal the warrant and supporting materials behind the FBI raid. In its filing, the Justice Department alleged that releasing the affidavit would “cause significant and irreparable damage” to its ongoing criminal investigation. CONTINUE READING…