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It could be risky for prosecutors to share the information in the redacted affidavit from Mar-a-Lago Congressman Adam Schiff shares this issue

On Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff said the officials should learn something from the affidavit.



The federal judge overseeing the case has asked the Justice Department to suggest redactions to the public version of the affidavit for the August 8 raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.

Rep. Adam Schiff said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the affidavit “could teach you a thing or two.” But that’s exactly the Justice Department’s problem.

Congressman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.). (File photo by AP Photographer Jacquelyn Martin) As reported by (Jacquelyn Martin/)

Warrant language for the unprecedented search included references to the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice, and possible improper disposal of government records. Agents were able to retrieve 11 folders of files, some of which were classified “Top Secret.” The exact contents of them are still a mystery.

After stating on Thursday that he would release at least part of the affidavit supporting the warrant, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart gave prosecutors a week to suggest redactions.

When media outlets made requests to have case records made public, the judge granted their requests.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida as seen from above on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. The FBI reportedly conducted a search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether or not the president took classified documents from the White House to his Florida estate. (Photo by AP’s Steve Helber) [(Steve Helber/)]

The Justice Department voiced strong opposition to the plan, claiming that unsealing any portion of the affidavit would be detrimental to the ongoing investigation.

Justice Department’s concerns are well-founded. Rep. Schiff, who served as the lead House manager during Trump’s first impeachment trial, has noted a growing public interest in the matter.

‘When does the public get to see that affidavit?’ he asked.

Wednesday, August 10, 2022, in New York, former President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to appear for a deposition in a civil investigation at the office of the New York attorney general. (Photo by Julia Nikhinson / Associated Press) Photographed by Julia Nikhinson of the Associated Press.

According to him, the Justice Department “makes a powerful case” that “this is not the time to be giving, essentially, the Trump lawyers a road map into how to intimidate witnesses or how to derail a legitimate investigation” at this early stage of the investigation.

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