Note: The magistrate (not a judge) has ordered that the affidavit must be partially made public. I'm sure the parts that will be made public will be the parts the DOJ and FBI want made public, the parts they've already leaked. Nothing supporting the claims they've made in their leaks.
I guess I'll cover the affidavit later when it's revealed.
Update: Judge Reinhart says "I am not prepared to find that the affidavit should be fully sealed" and asks the government for proposed redactions to the Mar-a-Lago affidavit by next week, adding this will be a careful process.
So the government gets to pick-and-choose what is redacted and what isn't, which is the worst of all possible worlds.
Based on previous "redacting" experience, I expect the DOJ to take more time
than the allotted week to return to the
judge magistrate with
an affidavit that's almost fully blacked out.
The judge magistrate will then take a few
weeks to get back to the DOJ with a thumbs up or thumbs down (likely a thumbs
down) and orders to reduce the amount of redaction, but no specific
instructions, resulting in an iterative process that takes place all the way
to the midterms. Result? No information except what DOJ chooses to leak.
Another interesting point:
Apparently the affidavit is only a top national security secret when people want to view it with a critical eye. When his leftwing media allies agree to transmit his claims without any skepticism, his leaks do not endanger national security. Sean Davis @seanmdav
The government leaked information about the FBI raid to reporters that it is now using in court as evidence of why the government shouldn't have to release information about the FBI raid to reporters. Eat your heart out, Kafka.Apparently, the FBI and DOJ are citing their own leaks to the press in their motion to deny making the affidavit supporting the warrant public. This affidavit is too sensitive to be released. Just look at what we've leaked to the press so far, and that's just a taste, your honor!
Matt Vespa at Town Hall, Here’s the Alarming Phrase in the Order About the Trump Raid Affidavit, "Judge Reinhart said he would afford the government “a full and fair opportunity” to make redactions. We all know where this is going, and Mike Davis, a former law clerk to Justice Neil Gorsuch, did not hold back with how the redaction process will be handled. . ." AllahPundit at Haut Hair grins malevolently, Trump search warrant judge: I'll release the FBI affidavit -- once it's redacted. "This is a nice gesture towards transparency but it’s destined to please no one." Vicky Taft at PJ Media, Judge Rules That SOME Documents Supporting Trump Mar-a-Lago FBI Raid Will Be Released. What an optimist. Da Caller, FBI Was After Documents Trump Believed Would ‘Exonerate’ Him From Russia Conspiracy
The FBI was reportedly seeking documents President Donald Trump believed would exonerate him from Russian collusion claims and other election-related charges when agents raided his Mar-a-Lago residence, anonymous intelligence officials told Newsweek.
The FBI collected all of the documents that were government property and used concerns about classified documents to justify the raid, but agents were looking for Trump’s personal stash containing documents related to Russian collusion accusations against him, fearing that he would “weaponize” them, Newsweek reported. One former Trump official said he may have planned to use the documents to help in a presidential run in the coming term.
“Trump was particularly interested in matters related to the Russia hoax and the wrong-doings of the deep state,” the official told the outlet, adding that he may have intended to use the documents in a 2024 presidential campaign. “I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know.”
This is why it appears this was a raid in search of a crime. As I wrote at PJ Media shortly after the raid:
The warrant demands that agents remove binders of photographs, documents with classification markings on them, and, the coups de grâce, “any physical documents with classification markings, along with any containers/boxes (including any other contents) in which such documents are located, as well as any other containers/boxes that are collectively stored or found together with the aforementioned documents and containers/boxes.”Later, anti-Trump prosecutors showed atypical humility and admitted that, yes, they’d “over collected” documents such as Trump’s passports and privileged documents between Trump and his attorneys. This is no small thing. This is enough to get evidence and possibly the whole case thrown out by a judge. Fruits of the poisonous tree and all that. If agents had an appropriately tailored search warrant and had the judge bothered to look at the underlying documents, then privileged documents that were clearly out of the scope of the warrant wouldn’t have been confiscated. That is unless Trump and his attorneys were scoring crack, smoking meth, doing deals to get raw materials to make lithium batteries for the Chi-coms, and getting payoffs from the Ukrainians and Russkies. Wait, sorry, that’s Hunter Biden and The Big Guy.
The warrant covers any documents that Trump touched between his first day and last day in office. This included, “information, including communications in any form, regarding the retrieval, storage, or transmission of national defense information or classified material, any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021.”
I don't see the warrant getting thrown out, at least until it makes it to the
Supreme Court. Ace, In 2012, Hyperpartisan Liberal Judge Amy Jackson Brennan Ruled That
President Clinton Had Far-Reaching Discretion to Decide Which of His
Documents Were Personal Records, and Which Were Official Records "If this sounds as if it is potent precedent which will avail Trump
stop dreaming; this is a Democrat-Only Rule. Judge Brennan will have no
problem at all deciding that this doesn't apply to Trump, citing the case of
BecuzISedSo vs. Nunya Business." Althouse "Donald Trump and his allies are reportedly talking about releasing
Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage showing FBI agents searching the Florida
"This will supposedly show jackbooted FBI thugs swarming over the former president’s home, graphically illustrating his long-running complaint of political persecution. Trump absolutely should release that footage. It would totally Own the Libs...."
WaPo's Greg Sargent snarks, in "Trump’s bizarre threat to release Mar-a-Lago footage is revealing."
I see it as two sides of a battle over optics. DOJ/FBI is clearly leaking selective information designed to paint Trump in a bad light? Fine, he'll release his own selectively edited footage designed to show the FBI guy acting like jackbooted thugs. At Da Fed, Margot Cleveland outlines 10 Similarities Between The FBI’s Mar-A-Lago Raid And Spygate "1. A Shocking Storyline of Trump Putting America at Risk."Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.18.22, Da Tech Guy: The Biden Regime is once again attempting to criminalize America’s Founding Principles, and Am Think, Bill Barr Had His Chance — and Blew It Dan Flynn at Am Spec, The FBI Who Cried Wolf, "The bureau’s Mar-a-Lago raid reeks of secret-police tactics as it attempts to destroy Trump." Mary Chastain at LI, Grassley to FBI Director Wray: Whistleblower Info Shows ‘Deeply Rooted Political Infection’ in FBI, "Grassley wants to know why the FBI constantly investigates Trump and ignores verified and legit information about Hunter Biden." Lloyd Billingsley remembers other cases of FBI overreach, Live Freeh or Die, "Skeletons in the FBI’s closet—and warnings of more violence to come." Miranda Devine at NYPo thinks Liberals’ FBI trust is a real gut buster. "Liberals are happy because a politicized agency is coming after their ideological enemies, particularly their bête noire, Trump." At Am Great, VDH warns of ‘Civil War’ Porn, "Those who warn most of some mythical civil war are those most likely to incite one . . .The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home, the dubious rationale for such a historic swoop, and the popular pushback at the FBI and Department of Justice from roughly half the country have further fueled these giddy “civil war” conjectures. "
At Breitbart, Donald Trump Calls to Dissolve January 6 Committee in Wake of Liz Cheney’s Loss: ‘The People Have Spoken!’ A nice thought, but that's not how these things work.By way of the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.18.22, the Victory Girls hear Michael Hayden: Republicans Are Dangerous. Ace, Former CIA Director, Russiagate Hoaxer, Hunter Biden Laptop Suppresser, and Mentally-Ill Psychopath Michael Haden Declares War on Half the Country, Declaring Republicans To Be More Dangerous and Contemptible Than Any Enemy America Has Fought.