The search of the Trump family residence in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, on August 8 has the public wondering when the search will be made public.
The document justifying such a search has not been made public, provoking criticism from Republicans and Trump, who has denied any wrongdoing.
Trump ordered the “immediate release” of the affidavit on his Truth Social platform “in the interest of TRANSPARENCY.”
The Department of Justice contended that releasing the affidavit would create “irreparable harm” to its criminal investigation, expose witnesses to threats, and discourage witness cooperation.
Friday, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart decided that he would make public, with redactions, the DOJ’s application to seal the warrant and affidavit, the earlier court order sealing these papers, and the criminal cover sheet for the search warrant.
Reinhart also hinted that he may partly unseal the document, directing the Justice Department to submit a proposed redacted version of the raid affidavit by next Thursday.
The news continues to report information that has not been updated.
“FBI agents found several classified documents during their search of Trump’s home with some documents being considered the highest level of classification, according to the unsealed search warrant documents that have been released,” according to The Washington Examiner.
“The unsealed warrant showed the former president is being investigated for possible violations of the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice.”
Trump has stated on many occasions that he declassified the papers before to departing the White House.
After the raid, Trump also tweeted that the authorities had confiscated his passports, which he requested be returned.
The passports were returned to their owner in private.
Although this was not widely reported in the media, on August 17, Trump posted, “The DOJ and FBI just returned my passports. Thank you! Unfortunately, when they raided my home, Mar-a-Lago, 8 days ago, they just opened up their arms and grabbed everything in sight, such as a common criminal would do. This shouldn’t happen in America!”
Last week, CNN reported that Trump is considering releasing surveillance footage from the Mar-a-Lago search, which added to the excitement surrounding the unusual raid.
The Trump campaign has acknowledged that the tape will be published, but no date has been specified.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Trump’s son, Eric Trump stated in an interview that the video will be released “when the time is right.”
Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), spoke on Sunday about what could be learned from the affidavit, and he also voiced concerns about the risks of disclosing too much.
“You could learn what witnesses may have seen in terms of the handling of those documents or people coming and going from where the documents were located. You could learn about whether representations were made that proved to be false, in terms of whether they had given up the classified information. You could learn a great deal.” Schiff said on State of the Union. CONTINUE READING…