Search at Trump's house: part of the justifications could be revealed

Search at Trump : part of the justifications could be revealed

Donald Trump has said the affidavit should be released in full, but has not made a formal request to do so.

A US judge ruled on Thursday that he could rule in favor of releasing some of the evidence used by the Justice Department to justify the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's Florida residence.

Despite the objections of this same Department of Justice, Judge Bruce Reinhart said he believed that portions of the affidavit (the document where the supporting evidence is indicated, Editor's note) could be revealed. The entire document is for the moment under the seal of secrecy.

The magistrate thus ordered the Justice to file, within a week , a redacted version of that affidavit, but clarified that the department could appeal if the magistrate did not accept this edited version of the document.

This judgment appears to mark a victory for several media outlets, which appeared in federal court on Thursday to persuade the magistrate that the public interest in this affidavit outweighed the benefits of keeping it secret.

The Department of Justice continues to oppose the release of evidence.

Jay Bratt, the head of the counterintelligence and export control section, told Judge Reinhart on Thursday that releasing the affidavit was not in the public interest, since this could harm the ongoing investigation.

“There is another public interest at stake and that is that of s& #x27;ensure that criminal investigations can move forward without having to overcome obstacles.

—Jay Bratt, Head of Counterintelligence and Export Control Section

The search is part of an investigation into whether the former president violated three laws, including a provision in the Espionage Act that prohibits possessing information classified defense secret, as well as another provision which makes it a crime to destroy, hide or falsify information, with the aim of harming an investigation.

For its part , Charles Tobin, one of the lawyers representing the media in this case, argued that the public interest was to ensure maximum transparency in this case.

Donald Trump, on the other hand, wrote on social media that full disclosure of the affidavit would promote transparency.

None of his attorneys, however, made a motion in that Sens. One of Mr. Trump's team of attorneys, Christina Bobb, was in the courtroom on Thursday, however, to observe proceedings.

information from Reuters

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