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DOJ ordered release a redacted Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday ordered for a redacted version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit to be released by noon Friday.

The picture as a whole: The affidavit outlined the data for the FBI’s search at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home for classified documents he took with him when he left office.

Details: Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered for the affidavit to be unveiled with redactions by noon ET on Friday.

  • He wrote that “the federal government has met its burden of showing that its proposed redactions are narrowly tailored to serve the governments legitimate fascination with the integrity of the ongoing investigation and so are minimal onerous option to sealing the complete Affidavit.”
  • Reinhart will reportedly review the department’s redactions and decide whether release a the affidavit, per Reuters.
  • He said that the redactions could possibly be so heavy they could “render the document without content.”

Flashback: Reinhart filed a written order Monday that suggested he’d demand portions of the affidavit to be unsealed, Axios’ Erin Doherty reported.

  • “Given the intense public and historical fascination with an unprecedented search of a former Presidents residence,” the U.S. government didn’t create a strong enough case to seal the affidavit, Reinhart wrote.
  • “I therefore reject the governments argument that today’s record justifies keeping the complete Affidavit under seal,” he wrote.

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