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Federal judge sets hearing on motion to unseal Trump search warrant affidavit

Federal judge sets hearing on motion to unseal Trump search warrant affidavit

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Thursday will be the day that the federal judge in Florida who signed off on the warrant for the FBI to search former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate will hear a motion to unseal the affidavit that prosecutors used to secure the warrant.

According to the court docket, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart has scheduled a hearing for both parties on Tuesday at 1 p.m. to present arguments regarding the potential release of the search warrant affidavit.

Prosecutors say the investigation into Trump’s handling of classified materials would be jeopardized if the affidavit were made public, so the Justice Department is opposed to doing so.

Prosecutors said in a filing on Monday that releasing 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 Justice Department added that the publication of the affidavit would hamper prosecutors’ ability to interview additional witnesses. To reveal the government’s affidavit now “would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses,” it wrote. Although the Department of Justice has voiced its opposition, multiple news outlets have requested that Reinhart unseal the affidavit.

Trump wants the affidavit made public and wants Reinhart to step down as the case’s overseer.

Trump wrote on Truth Social, his social media site, “In the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN.” “The judge in this case should also step down!”

After Reinhart’s decision to allow the search of Mar-a-Lago, the Jewish businessman has received death threats and been the subject of antisemitic online comments.

According to a report by Politico last week, Reinhart, a board member at Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., has “seen sustained antisemitic attacks on right wing message boards and other social media platforms like 4Chan” ever since he approved the FBI’s warrant to search Mar-a-Lago.

Both the government and Trump’s attorneys agreed that the search warrant and property receipt from the FBI’s search should be made public, and on Friday, Reinhart did just that. According to the papers, agents seized nearly two dozen boxes from Trump’s residence, some of which contained “top secret” information, the highest level of classification reserved for the most closely held U.S. national security information.

Searched items included documents labeled “classified/TS/SCI,” which stands for “top secret/sensitive compartmented information” and means that they are so classified that only a certain type of facility is authorized to view them.

The warrant stated that the ex-president is being investigated for multiple crimes, including possible Espionage Act violations and possible obstruction of justice charges.

Without evidence, Trump has said the investigation is a politically motivated “weaponization” of the Justice Department, suggested the FBI “planted” evidence, and insisted he had a “standing order” to declassify documents that left the Oval Office on their way to his home.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a bulletin warning of threats against federal agents as a result of attacks by the former president and his allies on the FBI over its search.

After allegedly firing a nail gun into an FBI field office in Cincinnati last week, police shot and killed a man who had apparently posted on Truth Social about wanting to kill federal agents.

According to a Justice Department update published on Friday, “violent threats” against law enforcement have increased since the search of Trump’s property.

Trump, in an interview on Monday, said he was willing to do “whatever it takes” to lower the “temperature,” despite his continued attacks on the FBI.

He said, “They could take anything out, and put anything in.”