The unprecedented raid on the Florida residence of former President Donald Trump continues to reveal information about all of the involved parties, including the FBI.
This week has already seen events develop, beginning on Monday with a judgement about the search warrant utilized by the FBI.
U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart, the judge who issued the FBI’s search warrant, rejected an argument from the Department of Justice and acknowledged that the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was “unprecedented” on Monday morning.
Reinhart rejected the Justice Department’s demand to keep the affidavit “sealed,” noting “intense public and historical interest” in a Monday morning filing.
Reinhart noted that he opposes “the Government’s argument that the present record justifies keeping the entire Affidavit under seal.”
“The Government argues that even requiring it to redact portions of the Affidavit that could not reveal agent identities or investigative sources and methods imposes an undue burden on its resources and sets a precedent that could be disruptive and burdensome in future cases,” Reinhart wrote. “I do not need to reach the question of whether, in some other case, these concerns could justify denying public access; they very well might.”
He added: “Particularly given the intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former President’s residence, the Government has not yet shown that these administrative concerns are sufficient to justify sealing.”
Reinhart stated that he had provided the Justice Department with the “opportunity to propose redactions if I declined to seal the entire Affidavit,” which he did last week, giving the government until Thursday, August 25 at noon to submit their suggestions.
The motion adds, “Therefore, it is ORDERED that by the deadline, the Government shall file under seal a reply addressing any redactions and presenting any further evidence or legal argument that the Government thinks to be relevant to the pending Motions to Unseal.”
Reinhart stated on Thursday, at the highly anticipated hearing in the West Palm Beach Division of Florida, that he will unseal some of the presently sealed procedural files on the search warrant docket.
Later that day, in reaction to the raid, former President Trump filed a motion requesting an impartial third-party examination of the records the FBI seized from his Palm Beach home during the investigation.
After receiving the records on June 3, an FBI agent reportedly stated to Trump’s team, “Now it all makes sense,” according to the petition.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Trump’s motion detailed the events leading up to the FBI raid dating back to Jan. 20, 2021, the day Trump and his family moved out of the White House and back to their home at Mar-a-Lago.
The motion argues that once Trump moved back to Florida, employees at the National Archives inquired with concerns that the former president may have inadvertently transferred classified documents with him. CONTINUE READING…