Just hours after the Justice Department submitted a redacted version of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida, Judge Bruce E. Reinhart accepted the proposal and ordered it released by noon Friday.
The release may (or may not given the extensive redactions) reveal potential revelatory details that led to the search.
Breaking News: A judge ordered the release of a redacted version of the affidavit that was used to obtain a search warrant for Donald Trump's Florida home. https://t.co/D2R2CqW9Cj
— The New York Times (@nytimes) August 25, 2022
From the New York Times:
Judge Reinhart appeared to accept the requested cuts and, moving more quickly than government lawyers had expected, directed the department to release the redacted affidavit in a brief two-page order issued from Federal District Court in Southern Florida.
The order said that he had found the Justice Department’s proposed redactions to be “narrowly tailored to serve the government’s legitimate interest in the integrity of the ongoing investigation.”
The redactions, he added, were also “the least onerous alternative to sealing the entire affidavit.”
In its most complete form, the document would reveal important details about the government’s justification for taking the extraordinary step of searching Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8.
Releasing even partial sections of an affidavit is extremely rare. Such documents are practically never unsealed before government prosecutors file criminal charges in cases. Affidavits such as these usually include evidence gathered to justify a search warrant like information provided by witnesses.
Reinhart signaled earlier this week he was inclined to agree to a severely redacted version for release even though the extensive deletions might make the document worthless in terms of what the public would eventually see.
The eventual search warrant and property receipt have already been made public.
Read the full report here.
Trump has already had a meltdown on his Truth Social platform declaring “I DID NOTHING WRONG!”
Soooo this is why #Trump was having a meltdown on Truth social. He called for the affidavit to be released BUT was banking on it not being allowed… but it now is and this is going to release a bushel of chaos. https://t.co/fpV1wc7zor
— Ebony Jade Hilton, MD (@EbonyJHilton_MD) August 25, 2022
Judging by YamTits’ meltdown that redacted affidavit is going to be something tomorrow. 😂
'I did nothing wrong!!!' Trump fires off multiple posts raging at FBI in new Truth Social tirade – Raw Story – Celebrating 18 Years of Independent Journalism https://t.co/51qZnTFRpN
— SoFla Gazpacho Police 🇺🇦🇺🇸👍😁👍🇺🇸🇺🇦 (@SoFlaNoTrump) August 25, 2022
REDACTED AFFIDAVIT TO BE RELEASED TOMORROW: A judge has ordered the release of a redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the search of former Pres. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate by noon Friday. @jonkarl has details. https://t.co/ATXq64dFgN pic.twitter.com/uRLhVTZnpA
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) August 26, 2022