Former President Donald Trump is calling on the Department of Justice to release the full, unredacted affidavit that resulted in the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence last week.
Trump called for transparency on TRUTH Social.
“There is no way to justify the unannounced RAID of Mar-a-Lago, the home of the 45th President of the United States (who got more votes, by far, than any sitting President in the history of our Country!), by a very large number of gun-toting FBI Agents, and the Department of ‘Justice,'” Trump wrote. “But, in the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN.”
Fox News is also reporting that Trump wants the judge on the case to be recused.
The DOJ originally filed a motion opposing the release of the affidavit that was used to justify the raid.
“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps,” the 13-page filing says.
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly.”
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A judge unsealed the search warrant and property receipt on Friday, which revealed that FBI agents seized approximately 20 boxes of items from Trump’s home, including one set of documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” which refers to top secret/sensitive compartmented information.
“The government 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,” the Justice Department wrote in Monday’s filing.
The issue now goes back to the magistrate judge.
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'INTEREST OF TRANSPARENCY': Trump calls for immediate release of 'completely unredacted' affidavit after FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago https://t.co/iMUL2bnj7y
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