The DOJ is still unwilling to disclose the justification for the extraordinary raid on the former president Trump’s Florida property.
A court on Friday released a search warrant and property receipt revealing that about 20 boxes of stuff were taken from Trump’s house. The documents in the boxes were identified as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which stands for compartmented top secret and sensitive information.
“The government determined that these materials could be released without significant harm to its investigation because the search had already been executed and publicly acknowledged by the former President, and because the materials had previously been provided to the former President through counsel,” the Justice Department said in a filing on Monday.
The “probable cause affidavit,” the only document that would explain the “need” for the raid, is still being withheld by the DOJ. Many think this is the case because, once exposed, it will demonstrate that the raid was unnecessary and that Democrats were only on a fishing expedition in search of information about the previous president.
Trump responded to the DOJ’s denial on Truth Social on Monday night.
“There is no way to justify the unannounced RAID of Mar-a-Lago, the home of the 45th President of the United States (who got more votes, by far, than any sitting President in the history of our Country!), by a very large number of gun-toting FBI Agents, and the Department of ‘Justice.’”
“But, in the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN.”
Trump also requests that the judge step down from the lawsuit. Bruce Reinhart, the judge, has previously made anti-Trump remarks.
“Donald Trump doesn’t have the moral stature to kiss John Lewis’s feet,” according to former Clinton secretary of labor Robert Reich, who was mentioned by him in a post honoring John Lewis.
BREAKING: Judge who signed off on Trump raid has anti-Trump posts and shared content from ‘WokeFolks’ pic.twitter.com/fVVdahAzgc
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 10, 2022
The DOJ initially objected to the affidavit used to support the raid being made public.
“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps,” as per the filing.
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly.”
The judge who authorized the raid has now requested a hearing on disclosing the probable cause document, seemingly in reaction to Trump’s demand.
According to Fox News, “U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart scheduled an in-person hearing on Thursday in Florida regarding the unsealing of FBI records related to last week’s raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.”
The hearing will take place at the West Palm Beach Division on August 18. The motion to unseal the search warrant materials and attachments—which most certainly include the search warrant’s affidavit—will be discussed by Reinhart with the government and Trump’s legal team.
Despite the Department of Justice’s concerns, media organizations are requesting that Reinhart open the affidavit. Reinhart hasn’t made a decision yet.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Prosecutors involved in the case argue that revealing the affidavit would “likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations.”
“The property receipt also shows that FBI agents collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents,” Fox added. CONTINUE READING…