After the FBI raided his Florida home, former President Donald Trump found himself infuriated.
The armed officers who descended upon Mar-a-Lago were allegedly there in an attempt to recover documents that the National Archives suggested were not Trump’s to keep after leaving office, despite the former Commander in Chief having suggested that they were already declassified.
And while the DOJ was quick to release the search warrant in the case, they appeared to be reticent to release the affidavit that conjured that warrant – something that Trump and his base have been demanding.
It appears as though the Justice Department now has no choice in the matter.
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.Trending:
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.Advertisement - story continues below
The affidavit contains “substantial grand jury” information in a case with “national security overtones,” Bratt reportedly said in the hearing.
That didn’t fly with the judge.
Reinhart disagreed, saying he believed “there are portions of it that can be unsealed.”
In a written order later Thursday, Reinhart wrote, “As I ruled from the bench at the conclusion of the hearing, I find that on the present record the Government has not met its burden of showing that the entire affidavit should remain sealed.”
The DOJ will have one week to decide which portions of the affidavit will be redacted.
Trump’s legal team has indicated their belief that the affidavit not be redacted at all, making the decision slightly disappointing for the presumptive 2024 Republican nominee for President.