- Media companies, including Gannett, argue a “powerful interest” in the evidence justifying the finding.
- The Justice Department argues that issuing the affidavit would affect its investigation.
- Trump called for the affidavit to be released on social media.
A federal magistrate on Thursday set up a possible release of a heavily-edited version of the Justice Department’s affidavit authorizing the search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida assets, giving prosecutors a revised version of the document for their consideration by next week. ordered a copy.
US Magistrate Bruce Reinhart said he would make a decision on the release after receiving a revised copy of the detailed document, which the government used as the basis for its unprecedented law enforcement crackdown.
“It’s going to be a thoughtful, careful process,” Reinhart told lawyers at the end of a hearing, where a association of media companies Pushed for the public release of the document.
The justices opposed the release of the affidavit, arguing that it would provide a “roadmap” for the ongoing investigation, putting the investigation and witnesses in potential jeopardy.
A top official in the Justice National Security Division, Jay Bratt, told the magistrate that the document would require so many extensive amendments that it “wouldn’t edit the public in any meaningful way.”
The MPs have also sought more information about the searches., Democrats, who lead two House committees, have sought information from the documents about national security risks. And Republicans have questioned whether a search of a former president’s home is justified.
Here are the latest developments on the Trump search:
A federal judge magistrate said Thursday that he is unwilling to find out whether former President Donald Trump’s affidavit of searches at Mar-a-Lago’s home should be completely sealed.
At a hearing in West Palm Beach, US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said there are parts of it that could at least conceivably be sealed. He said whether those sealed portions would be relevant to the media or not, it would be up to someone else to decide.
“I’m going to proceed that way,” Reinhart told lawyers for various media agencies, including the US Department of Justice and The Palm Beach Post.
At noon on August 25, the federal government will file a proposed amendment to the warrant for an August 8 search at Mar-a-Lago.
The judge said that if he agreed that the federal government had met its burden, he would issue an order “accordingly.” If the judge feels that the government has not met its burden, he and federal attorneys will discuss the issue.
If there is a disagreement between the government and the court, “obviously I win,” Reinhart said.
“It’s going to be a thoughtful, careful process,” he told lawyers at the end of the proceedings.
– Hannah Phillips and Stephanie Matt, Palm Beach Post
Federal prosecutors probing the January 6, 2021 Capitol attack issued a grand jury summons to the National Archives in May for all the documents the agency submitted to a separate House committee investigation, new York Times informed of.
The summons, which was obtained by the New York Times and has not been reviewed by USA Today, reportedly solicited “all materials, in any form”, the archives reported on January 6 to the committee investigating the Capitol attack. including records from Trump’s top aides. His daily schedule and phone log, and a draft text of the former president’s speech before the riot.
Federal prosecutor Thomas P. Wyndham, who is leading the Justice Department’s investigation, signed the summons, the New York Times reported. According to the Times, it is not related to the Justice Department’s investigation into Trump’s handling of classified documents taken from the White House that led to the discovery of his Mar-a-Lago property.
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A consortium of media companies, including the Palm Beach Post, part of the USA Today Network, argued that the affidavit should be closed because of Trump’s “clear and powerful interest” in handling classified documents.
The Justice Department has argued that the reforms needed to protect the integrity of its investigation would be so extensive that no release should be granted. But media companies argued that parts of the document could be kept in seal while providing the public with more information about the reasons for the unprecedented discovery.
“Affidavit of probable cause should be released to the public, with only those amendments that are necessary to protect a compelling interest expressed by the government,” the media companies argued in a filing Wednesday.
Although Trump is not a party to the case, he called for the “immediate release of the completely unsubstantiated affidavit” on August 15 in a post on Truth Social.
The Justice Department said filing an affidavit in a courtroom “contains highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government, specific investigative techniques and information required by law to be kept under seal.”
The department argued that releasing it is “highly likely to compromise the steps of a future investigation” and could “freeze future cooperation by witnesses” in this investigation and others in the future.
Former Sen. Lieberman:Presidential records belong to the American people, not former presidents
Reinhart made the filing on August 12 after the search warrant was unsealed. On 8 August, 11 sets of confidential documents were recovered in the search. The FBI obtained the warrant with probable cause to find evidence of handling of defense documents, obstruction of justice and possible violations of the Espionage Act.