DOJ Wants Mar-a-Lago Warrant Affidavit Kept Private; Trump, News Outlets Seek Release
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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From the LeftFeds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant
The Justice Department on Monday rebuffed efforts to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, saying the investigation “implicates highly classified material” and the document contains sensitive information about witnesses.
The government’s opposition came in response to court filings by several news organizations, including The Associated Press, seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit the Justice Department submitted when it asked for the warrant to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.
Trump, in a Truth Social post early Tuesday, called for...
From the CenterDOJ urges judge to keep Trump search warrant affidavit sealed to protect national security investigation
Federal prosecutors investigating former President Donald Trump asked a judge Monday not to unseal a key document related to the FBI’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, saying it contains “highly sensitive information” that could compromise the national security probe.
The government’s request came three days after the federal judge made public the search warrant and other materials that outlined some key details of the raid on the former president’s Palm Beach, Florida, resort home.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that he personally approved the warrant, and that he supported its disclosure in...
From the RightTrump demands ‘immediate release’ of ‘unredacted’ FBI raid affidavit
Former President Donald Trump is demanding the “immediate release” of the “completely unredacted affidavit” behind what he calls the “horrible and shocking BREAK-IN” of Mar-a-Lago.
Trump, 76, made the demand on his Truth Social late Monday, hours after the Justice Department said it opposed the affidavit’s release because it would be “highly likely to compromise future investigative steps.”
“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...