Trump was handed a monumental win from Judge Bruce Reinhart as he has ruled that the federal government must unseal the affidavit that led to the FBI raid at the Mar-a-Lago residence.
In Justice Reinhart’s ruling, he stated that he rejects “the Government’s argument that the present record justifies keeping the entire Affidavit under seal.”
The Justice Department was desperate to keep the affidavit hidden from the public, however Judge Reinhart has rejected their argument and labelled the raid “unprecedented.”
Reinhart also added that there is “intense public and historical interest” for unsealing the affidavit.
The documents in Donald Trump’s possession were such a huge national security threat that Merrick Garland debated for weeks, weeks!, whether to sign the warrants. Release the affidavit. This search was a political scam. pic.twitter.com/UGaePyg6SS
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 16, 2022
Before presenting the unsealed affidavit, the Justice Department will be given time to propose redactions as a way to protect the identities of FBI agents and investigative sources.
Many have speculated that this affidavit will shine some light on the fact that the search was politically motivated and a “political scam.”
The Biden DOJ moves to conceal the affidavit. This—not the warrant but the affidavit—is the place where the DOJ specifies the crime they believe has been committed. This is where they show cause to a federal judge for why they should be authorized to do the Mar-a-Lago raid pic.twitter.com/Tr7CjlUOcl
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 15, 2022
Judge Reinhart wrote:
“The Government argues that even requiring it to redact portions of the Affidavit that could not reveal agent identities or investigative sources and methods imposes an undue burden on its resources and sets a precedent that could be disruptive and burdensome in future cases.”
“I do not need to reach the question of whether, in some other case, these concerns could justify denying public access; they very well might.”
Reinhart asserted, “Particularly given the intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former President’s residence, the Government has not yet shown that these administrative concerns are sufficient to justify sealing.”