Judge Demands DOJ to Release Mar-a-Lago Affidavit…But There’s a Catch

In the days following the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, former President Donald Trump has been irate.  Never before seen in the last century of American politics, this sort of brazen animosity toward Joe Biden’s likely opponent in the 2024 election just reds as gauche.

In order to get the search warrant, the DOJ had used an affidavit – an affidavit that may just be unsealed…albeit with redactions.

A federal judge said that parts of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s resort home Mar-a-Lago can be unsealed, NBC News reported Thursday.

The decision from U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart came after the Department of Justice asked him not to unseal the highly sensitive document, which details the government’s view that it had probable cause to believe the search of Mar-a-Lago would turn up evidence of illegality.

The government’s investigation into the records seized from Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, residence is still in its “early stages,” argued Jay Bratt, head of a DOJ counterintelligence team, NBC reported.

The affidavit contains “substantial grand jury” information in a case with “national security overtones,” Bratt reportedly said in the hearing.

The judge wasn’t moved.

Reinhart disagreed, saying he believed “there are portions of it that can be unsealed.”

President Trump has suggested that the unredacted document be made available to the public, however, which begs the question of whether or not he’ll be satisfied by these results.


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