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DOJ asks judge to DENY media request to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit

Justice Department asks judge to CHANGE media request to unlock affidavit of search warrant that led to Mar-a-Lago raid, as it ‘would serve as a roadmap for government’s ongoing investigation’

  • The Justice Department on Monday asked a judge to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit sealed from the public.
  • “The affidavit would serve as a roadmap for the government’s ongoing investigation,” prosecutors said, arguing the investigation could be compromised.
  • CNN and other media have sued government for access to Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit
  • It was used to convince a judge that a crime was likely committed at former President Donald Trump’s Florida home
  • The DOJ argued that making those documents public “at this time” would “confound significant and irreparable harm to this ongoing criminal investigation.”

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The Justice Department on Monday asked a judge to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit sealed from the public, arguing it contained too many sensitive details about the ongoing investigation.

“The affidavit would serve as a roadmap for the government’s ongoing investigation, detailing its direction and likely course, in a way that very likely jeopardizes future investigative steps,” prosecutors argued in a court file Monday.

CNN and other media outlets have sued the government for accessing the affidavit, which provided the legal argument as to why Monday’s FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida property was necessary.

The Justice Department on Monday asked a judge to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit sealed from the public, arguing it contained too many sensitive details about the ongoing investigation.

The Justice Department on Monday asked a judge to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit sealed from the public, arguing it contained too many sensitive details about the ongoing investigation.

Former President Donald Trump has expressed outrage over Monday's raid on his Florida home and private club, where a receipt says boxes of classified documents have been removed

Former President Donald Trump has expressed outrage over Monday's raid on his Florida home and private club, where a receipt says boxes of classified documents have been removed

Former President Donald Trump has expressed outrage over Monday’s raid on his Florida home and private club, where a receipt says boxes of classified documents have been removed

Attorney General Merrick Garland gave the green light to release the warrant and title deed, but the DOJ doesn't want the search warrant affidavit unlocked on the grounds it could harm the ongoing investigation

Attorney General Merrick Garland gave the green light to release the warrant and title deed, but the DOJ doesn't want the search warrant affidavit unlocked on the grounds it could harm the ongoing investigation

Attorney General Merrick Garland gave the green light to release the warrant and title deed, but the DOJ doesn’t want the search warrant affidavit unlocked on the grounds it could harm the ongoing investigation

Prosecutors had to prove probable cause that a crime had been committed so that a judge could give the green light to a search warrant of Trump’s home and private club in Florida.

The Justice Department argued Monday that making those documents public “at this time” would “Make significant and irreparable harm to this ongoing criminal investigation.”

“Disclosing the government’s affidavit at this stage would likely also cool the future cooperation of witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” the DOJ said.

Prosecutors also argued that releasing an edited version would not serve the public.

“The redactions necessary to limit damage to the integrity of the investigation would be so extensive that the remaining unsealed text no longer has any meaningful content, and the release of such redacted version would not serve the public interest,” the DOJ said.

On Friday, two other documents related to the search — the warrant and the title deed — were released publicly after Attorney General Merrick Garland said the DOJ would go to court to approve it, if Trump agreed the documents could. be unsealed.

Trump, who has expressed his outrage at the council, said almost immediately the documents could come out.

The title deed listed some documents from Mar-a-Lago as “top secret,” the highest level of classification.

The DOJ said Monday it did not want additional details about the classified documents to be made public.

“The fact that this research includes highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the research and magnifies the potential harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or inappropriately,” the DOJ said.

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