Come Thursday, the DOJ is expected to hand over a redacted version of the affidavit used to procure a search warrant that led to an FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida. At that point, a federal judge will decide whether or not to release this version of the document to the world at large.
The request to review this possibility came after intense public scrutiny of the unprecedented raid, and a rather sizable push from the mainstream media.
But, even with the eyes of the nation clearly focused on the issue, the world may not get to see much, if any, of the affidavit itself.
The federal magistrate judge in Florida who approved the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago compound is lowering expectations about how much, if any, of the search warrant affidavit he’ll ultimately release following a motion from media organizations seeking its disclosure.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, in a written order Monday, noted the “intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former President’s residence,” but said he still could ultimately conclude that it would be best not to release any of the affidavit because the redactions would render it meaningless.
Reinhart also said in Monday’s order that he remains confident in his decision to authorize the search warrant, having found “probable cause that evidence of multiple federal crimes would be found” at Mar-a-Lago, including obstructing an investigation.Advertisement - story continues below
“Having carefully reviewed the Affidavit before signing the Warrant, I was — and am — satisfied that the facts sworn by the affiant are reliable,” Reinhart wrote.
Anything less than the full, unredacted release of the affidavit would satisfy Donald Trump and his supporters, who have been declaring for weeks that the raid was nothing more than a political hit meant to damage his attempt at reelection come 2024.