Judge Orders DOJ to Redact and Release Mar-a-Lago Search Affidavit

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    The Facts

    • US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who signed the warrant allowing the FBI to search former Pres. Trump's Fla. home, on Thurs. ordered the Dept. of Justice (DOJ) to redact and release a version of the affidavit used to obtain the warrant.

    • Reinhart's order comes after several media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Associated Press, and Washington Post, pushed for the affidavit's release.

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    The DOJ and Biden admin. have weaponized law enforcement resources against their political opponents. The DOJ's desire to not release the affidavit once again makes it clear it's not working in public interest but rather to tarnish the reputation of Trump and his supporters as the midterm elections near.

    Democratic narrative

    The last thing Trump's defenders should want is for the affidavit to go public because it likely contains evidence that will bury him. Releasing a redacted version, however, might be wise to calm the former president's supporters and prove the DOJ isn't acting politically.

    Establishment split



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