Headline RoundupAugust 16th, 2022

DOJ Wants Mar-a-Lago Warrant Affidavit Kept Private; Trump, News Outlets Seek Release

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The Justice Department wants the affidavit it submitted for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant kept private. Former President Donald Trump and others are pushing for its release.

A court filing from the U.S. attorney in Miami and a top Justice Department national security official argues that making the affidavit public would "cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation" because it contains confidential grand jury information and "highly sensitive information about witnesses." The FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago earlier this month uncovered at least 11 sets of classified documents. It remains unclear what exactly the documents pertain to.

Posting on his Truth Social platform Tuesday night, Trump called for transparency and the "immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN." Several news outlets, including the Associated Press, have also submitted court filings seeking to unseal the affidavit.

The efforts to unseal the affidavit are a top story from sources across the political spectrum. Right-rated sources often focused more on Trump's comments and support for making the affidavit and the documents recovered in the search public. Left- and center-rated sources tended to focus more on the Justice Department's reasoning for keeping the affidavit sealed. 

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