ALERT: Judge Says Trump Raid ‘Unprecedented,’ May Reveal Affidavit


( – BREAKING NOW: In a development that has sent shockwaves through the United States Department of Justice, the federal magistrate judge who issued the search warrant for the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and office issued a formal ruling today stating the government has not met its burden of proof for keeping the affidavit in support of the search warrant sealed and he may make a significant portion of the search warrant affidavit public because of the unprecedented nature of the search.

As the Daily Caller recounts today’s events:

“U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart rejected the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) argument Monday to keep the Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit under wraps, saying the government has the burden of proof to show why parts of the affidavit must be sealed.” [emphasis added]

But what the judge will do once he hears again from prosecutors is far from certain, as the following two paragraphs correctly frame the legal challenge facing the judge.

“The DOJ is arguing unsealing the affidavit ‘would jeopardize the integrity of its ongoing criminal investigation,’ with Reinhart saying he is greatly weighing the fact that ‘there is a significant likelihood that unsealing the Affidavit would harm legitimate privacy interests’ of those involved in the raid as well as witnesses as well the fact that Secret Service uses the premises at Mar-a-Lago and unsealing the affidavit could be a security threat.

“Reinhart also noted, however, that ‘unsealing the Affidavit would promote public understanding of historically significant events. This factor weighs in favor of disclosure.'” [emphasis added]

One criminal law expert with experience in national security cases said he expects the government will appeal the judge’s decision if the judge attempts to make public more of the affidavit than prosecutors believe is safe for witnesses and their ongoing investigation.


What is your opinion? Do you believe the judge should unseal the search warrant affidavit so the public can see the government’s basis for the search of Mar-a-Lago? Why or why not? Please share your thoughts and views by emailing [email protected]. Thank you.