Media Outlets Seek Release of Trump Search Warrant Affidavit

Major media outlets are pressing a federal judge to publicly release the affidavit that led directly to the FBI’s unprecedented raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence.

The New York Times, the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, and several major TV networks have requested that U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart release the affidavit.

The Justice Department strongly opposes this move, despite the prior release of the search warrant and subsequent property receipt. It said that making the affidavit public could severely weaken the case it is making along with future investigations.

The outpouring of public criticism, however, has been intense. In this case, it is joined by major media groups who urge that the reasons behind the sweeping raid be made clear.

Otherwise, speculation will continue to abound that it was nothing more than a political ploy. The release could be beneficial to the Biden administration if it shows that there were legitimate reasons behind the shocking move.

For its part, the Biden administration is sticking to its incredible claim that it had no prior knowledge of the raid.

Trump last week in a social media post called for the release of the unredacted affidavit. This is highly unlikely as the Department of Justice claims there are names to protect as well as top secret information as part of the FBI search.

However, a report that is not too heavily edited could go far in either backing up the administration’s justification or proving Trump’s accusations.

The former president said that it was nothing more than an “assault that could only take place in Third World Countries.” He asserted that agents broke into his safe and even took his passports, which were later returned.

The media outlets argue that this release is “of utmost public interest,” and at least in this case they are correct. Releasing the affidavit will go far in shining light on the case and, one way or another, clear up misconceptions of what can only appear to be an intrusive government overreach.