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Devin Nunes: Expect Mar-a-Lago affidavit leaks soon

Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes is raising exceptions for leaks about the affidavit underlying the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), a former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, is objecting to the leak of the affidavit that was used by the FBI to justify their raid on Mar-a-Lago.

Former representative and current CEO of Trump’s social media company Devin Nunes has predicted leaks “in the coming weeks” and a protracted legal battle in which the Justice Department will “slow-roll” the disclosure of evidence.

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On Friday, he predicted to Newsmax host Rob Schmitt, “Before this thing is ever even put out to the public, you can bet that there will be a leak.” He said a major leak would occur the night before, and that everyone would react to it as though it were “the worst thing ever.” Nunes speculated that more people will say things like “Trump’s going to be indicted,” and he hinted that a leak could again mention “nuclear secrets,” alluding to a report that already emerged from the FBI raid further escalating national security concerns. And he went on to say “That is the fate that awaits the citizens of the United States. In all seriousness, I will keep my word.”

According to the unsealed search warrant documents that have been released, FBI agents found multiple classified documents during their search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8. Some of these documents were classified at the highest level. The former president is being looked into for possible Espionage Act violations and obstruction of justice, as revealed by the unsealed warrant.

Republicans and Trump (who has denied wrongdoing) have complained that they have not seen the affidavit outlining the basis for the search because it has not been made public. Trump called for the affidavit’s “immediate release” on Truth Social, writing, “in the interest of TRANSPARENCY.”

The Department of Justice argued that making the affidavit public would result in “irreparable harm” to its criminal investigation, expose witnesses to threats, and discourage witness cooperation. On Friday, Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled that he would release (with redactions) the criminal cover sheet for the search warrant, the previous court order sealing those records, and the Department of Justice’s motion to seal the warrant and affidavit. On top of ordering the Justice Department to file a redacted version of the raid affidavit by next Thursday, Reinhart also indicated that he may partially unseal the affidavit itself.

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Nunes, drawing on his time spent investigating the Trump-Russia inquiry as a member of Congress, said he anticipates the Justice Department will “doctor” the “outcome” by slowly releasing evidence.

On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), his successor as chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, discussed what could be learned from the affidavit and voiced concerns about the risks of disclosing too much.

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Writer’s Credit: Daniel Chaitin

You can expect leaks from the Mar-a-Lago affidavit, says Devin Nunes (whose name appears in the original URL).