September 26, 2022

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The United States has released documents explaining its decision to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.

Donald Trump (REUTERS/Hannah Beier/File)

The US Attorney’s Office released this Friday A redacted version of a document outlining the grounds for a search of former President Donald Trump’s home earlier this monththe evening (2017-2021) in Florida by FBI agents.

The so-called “sworn statement” was made public with a large part of the text hidden and several sections After a federal judge Bruce E. ReinhardtWith a court in Florida to authorize distribution of the reduced version on Thursday.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) provided the judge with this reduced version, called “”Confession” (in English) after warning at a hearing on August 18 that “National security” full expression of the text.

Among those risks, The prosecutor’s office this Friday indicated that the identities of the witnesses should not be released.Given “Harm, including retaliation, intimidation or harassment and threats to their physical safety”.

A document from the Justice Department's order justifying the discovery of former US President Donald Trump (US Department of Justice / Handel via REUTERS)
A document from the Justice Department’s order justifying the discovery of former US President Donald Trump (US Department of Justice / Handel via REUTERS)

Unredacted version of affidavit It will detail what the department is investigating about Trump and reveal some of the evidence.

But the judge Reinhardt accepted the Justice Department’s arguments that it required “pressure” to cover up significant portions of the document.

Warrant for raid It cited three criminal statutes, including one governed by the Espionage ActIt’s one crime to illegally obtain or possess national security information, and another to obstruct a federal investigation.

FILE PHOTO: Former US President Donald Trump holds a rally in Mendon, Illinois, US on June 25, 2022.  REUTERS/Kate Munsch/File Photo
FILE PHOTO: Former US President Donald Trump holds a rally in Mendon, Illinois, US on June 25, 2022. REUTERS/Kate Munsch/File Photo

“I didn’t do anything wrong”

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After the documents were released, Trump responded with reasons justifying the search of his Florida mansion. He “did nothing wrong” and what happened was a “political attack”.

“I have done nothing wrong. Basically we’re hit, we’re hit. They opened security boxes, brought in several FBI agents, and in November, right before the midterm elections, he posted on his network, Truth Social.

Trump insisted The declassified affidavit is “heavily redacted” and without any reference to “nuclear weapons”. So what happened was called “a total public relations ploy by the FBI and the Justice Department.”

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on August 15, 2022.  REUTERS/Marco Bello
FILE PHOTO: An aerial view of former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., on August 15, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello

“These political thugs have no right under the Presidential Records Act to invade Mar-a-Lago and steal everything in sight, including passports and privileged documents,” Trump added. And he added: “Now we live in a lawless nation, and a failed nation at that!”

Presented by the former President A case on Monday urged the court to appoint an independent party To review files seized in an FBI raid for material protected by personal privilege. This may prevent investigators from accessing documents.

Former President He didn’t file his case in federal court in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, which issued the original order, but only a judge was assigned in remote Fort Pierce.

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With information from AFP, EFE

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