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Three New Entries in FBI’s Trump Raid Case Suggest Records That are ‘Restricted/Sealed’

New docket entries for the Florida Southern District Court indicate that several entries are to be ‘restricted/sealed until further notice.’

“Docket entry 96 restricted/sealed until further notice,” one docket entry reads. “Docket entry 97 restricted/sealed until further notice. Docket entry 98 restricted/sealed until further notice.”

The previous entries in the docket can be read below.

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Florida judge Bruce Reinhart, who had originally signed off on the FBI’s search warrant, gave the Department of Justice until noon on Friday to submit its advised redactions on the search warrant affidavit used to justify the unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump.

The Department of Justice on Thursday submitted two filings to Judge Bruce Reinhart in regards to the search warrant affidavit.

The following overview on the docket entry is summarized below:

The DOJ has submitted two filings:

1. Proposed redactions to the affidavit in support of the search warrant.

2. A submission providing additional evidence/argument against unsealing the affidavit.

Both are under seal – and will remain sealed for the time being.

Judge Bruce Reinhart in a filing on Monday morning announced that formally he rejects “the Government‚Äôs argument that the present record justifies keeping the entire¬†Affidavit under seal.”

“The Government argues that even requiring it to redact portions of the Affidavit that could not reveal¬†agent identities or investigative sources and methods imposes an undue burden on its resources and sets a precedent that could be disruptive and burdensome in future cases,” Reinhart wrote. “I do not need to reach the question of whether, in some other case, these concerns could justify denying public access; they very well might.”

“Particularly given the intense public and historical interest in an unprecedented search of a former President‚Äôs residence, the Government has not yet shown that these administrative concerns are sufficient to justify sealing,” he added.

It remains to be seen how much of the search warrant affidavit will be redacted, as the judge previously gave the Department of Justice until Thursday to submit its advised redactions for the document out of argued national security concerns.

“Accordingly, it is hereby ORDERED that by the deadline, the Government shall file under seal a submission addressing possible redactions and providing any additional evidence or legal argument that the Government believes relevant to the pending Motions to Unseal,” the motion stated.

Donald Trump earlier called for the “completely unredacted” affidavit that purportedly justified the FBI raid.

‚ÄúThere is no way to justify the unannounced RAID of Mar-a-Lago, the home of the 45th President of the United States (who got more votes, by far, than any sitting President in the history of our Country!), by a very large number of gun-toting FBI Agents, and the Department of ‚ÄėJustice,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Trump wrote.

“In the interest of TRANSPARENCY, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN,” Trump added.




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