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Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida was searched partly on the say-so of Andrew McCabe, the former head of the FBI

The Department of Justice asked a federal judge not to release a document that might show the justification for the search of the former president’s Florida estate.



With the “integrity of an ongoing criminal investigation” at stake, the Justice Department requested on Monday that a federal judge seal an affidavit related to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

The Justice Department argued in court filings that disclosing the contents of a search warrant affidavit could change the trajectory of an investigation, reveal ongoing and future investigative efforts, and undermine agents’ ability to collect evidence or obtain truthful testimony, even when the public is already aware of the general nature of the investigation.

The motion was filed in response to requests from media outlets for a judge’s approval of the affidavit’s release. If approved, the affidavit would make public crucial information about the investigation, such as the basis upon which law enforcement officials sought a search warrant.

The Justice Department “does not object to unsealing other materials filed in connection with the search warrant whose unsealing would not jeopardize the integrity of this national security investigation,” which includes the cover sheets submitted with the search warrant application.

After the Justice Department requested the documents be made public, a federal judge released court papers on Friday revealing that the FBI had removed 11 sets of classified records from Trump’s Florida estate. The Justice Department wrote in court documents filed on Monday that it “determined that these materials could be released without significant harm to its investigation” because “the search had already been executed and publicly acknowledged by the former President, and because the materials had previously been provided to the former President through counsel.”


In contrast, “disclosure at this juncture of the affidavit supporting probable cause would, by contrast, cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation,” according to the court filing.

After initially siding with the former president after he announced that the FBI had searched his estate and claimed that the move was politically motivated, some Republicans have toned down their rebukes of the FBI. This comes as lawmakers increased calls over the weekend to make public the affidavit.

South Dakota Republican Senator Mike Rounds said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday, “I think releasing the affidavit would help, at least that would confirm that there was justification for this raid.”

On Sunday, Senators from the Senate Intelligence Committee wrote to Attorney General Merrick Garland, requesting classified briefing materials on the investigation. As for the administration, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee has said that they should be transparent with more details.

Congress is demanding evidence, so please provide it. First, we need to know, “What did the DOJ and the FBI promise the judge they would find?” CNN’s “State of the Union” interviewed Ohio Representative Mike Turner. What did they find, you might ask?


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