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The Justice Department requested on Monday that a Florida judge keep the affidavit sealed concerning the warrant that led to the FBI’s August 8 raid on Trump’s estate at Mar-a-Lago.
According to New York 1, Merrick Garland’s Justice Department wants to keep the affidavit portion sealed “to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security.”
An affidavit is the inciting incident of the warrant, as it is a party’s written oath or statement under penalty of perjury.
“Information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high-profile nature of this matter and the risk that the revelation of witness identities would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation,” the DOJ said
The warrant enabled more than 30 federal agents to storm Trump’s Florida property on the belief that Trump and his team had not returned all documents that are deemed government property under the Presidential Records Act, specifically materials related to the National Archives and Records Administration.
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