Headline RoundupAugust 27th, 2022

What is the Media Saying About the Mar-a-Lago Affidavit?

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Following the release of the affidavit that authorized the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, political writers, pundits, and politicians offered an array of analysis on what the heavily redacted 38-page document revealed regarding the Department of Justice investigation into the former President. The affidavit confirmed what many had suspected, the search warrant was authorized to recover suspected classified materials unlawfully taken and held by the former President.

The affidavit’s release occupied the front page of many left rated outlets all Friday and into the weekend, with CNN (Left Bias) and New York Times (Lean Left Bias) both publishing annotated breakdowns of the affidavit. Right rated outlets such as Fox News (Right Bias) and New York Post (Lean Right Bias) also covered the release, but featured the story far less prominently on their webpages by the weekend.

In the opinion section of many outlets, writers offered their takes on the affidavit and what the next stages of the DOJ investigation would look like. One Daily Beast writer declared Trump would soon be indicted by a federal grand jury for a “criminal offense.” In The Wall Street Journal Opinion, one writer criticized the former President’s handling of classified materials, but cast doubt on if the FBI’s decision to search Mar-a-Lago was warranted. In Newsweek, a writer forecast more legal trouble for Trump, stating there was “more going on here than Trump hanging onto a few inconsequential documents.”

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