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US Attorney’s Office asks to keep secret the text that led to the search of Donald Trump

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The United States Department of Justice asked the judge on Monday to keep secret the affidavit with which he justified the request to search the house of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021), alleging that its publication could affect the course of the investigation.

In a 13-page document addressed to the Florida (southeastern US) judge handling the case, prosecutor Juan Antonio González requested that The document is not published because it could “alter the trajectory of the investigationreveal present or future actions and undermine the ability of agents to obtain credible evidence or witnesses.

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Several US media outlets, including The Washington Post and CNN, they had requested that the affidavit be published sent by the Government to the magistrate to justify the search at Trump’s house, a request that was approved by the Justice.

After learning of the government’s refusal, Trump himself went to the Truth social network to send a message in which he asked “the immediate and unedited publication” of the affidavit in favor of transparency.

Trump called the search of his house an “assault”said that there is no way to justify it and demanded the disqualification of the judge who ordered it.

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The judge already allowed the search warrant to be published last Friday, as both parties agreed.

However, the order was issued by the judge, and what the media were now requesting was that the affidavit with which the Department of Justice had justified the FBI’s search of Trump’s mansion also be known.

“In addition to the implications for the investigation, the publication of this type of investigative material could have devastating consequences for the reputations and rights of the individuals whose actions and comments are described,” justified the Justice Department in its text before the judge.

According to the court order revealed last Friday, the search at Trump’s house on Monday of last week was aimed at finding classified documents that the former president removed from the White House when he left power in 2021.

The former Republican president is being investigated for the possible commission of three crimes: violation of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and destruction of documents, which, if convicted, could carry from fines to prison terms and disqualification from holding political office.

Among the documents seized are 26 boxes and several folders of documents and photos with the labels “top secret” or “confidential”, one of them under the title “President of France” and another on the request for pardon of Roger Stone, confidant of Trump.

Last Friday, a group of Republican congressmen demanded that the attorney general, Merrick Garland, explain what is the alleged “national threat” that led to that raid. (YO)

Source: Eluniverso

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