Full Text: DOJ Request Not To Unseal Affidavit

August 15, 2022

The DOJ is investigating Donald Trump and not merely trying to recover documents Trump illegally took from the White House. This was made clear today in the release of the DOJ’s “United States’ Omnibus Response To Motions To Unseal” the affidavit supporting the Search And Seizure Warrant underlying the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Monday, August 8, 2022. The full text of the “Omnibus Response” can be read by following the links at the end of this post. The following account, paraphrased from Forbes Magazine, explains the significance of the wording of the “Omnibus Response” and in particular its dire warning to Donald Trump that he is the subject of a full blown DOJ Investigation.

As explained in Forbes, “The Justice Department on Monday [August 15, 2022] asked a federal judge to not unseal the affidavit associated with the search warrant that allowed the FBI to raid former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago last week, writing that there are ‘compelling reasons’ including matters of national security.” Those compelling reasons, are set forth below.

  • “Unsealing the affidavit at this point in time would cause ‘significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation,’ according to the 13-page filing, which was made in response to media outlets requesting that the affidavit be released.
  • Lawyers wrote that keeping the affidavit sealed is important to ‘protect the integrity’ of the ongoing investigation, which ‘implicates national security.’
  • The affidavit, which would typically contain information about evidence collected that would support probable cause needed to secure a search warrant, also includes ‘highly sensitive’ information about witnesses, they said, along with specific investigative techniques.
  • Witnesses may be ‘hesitant to come forward voluntarily’ knowing that people they testify against would be aware of their testimony or that information they share could be publicized before the beginning of any criminal proceedings, the lawyers wrote.
  • Most significantly, ‘Even when the public is already aware of the general nature of the investigation, revealing the specific contents of a search warrant affidavit could alter the investigation’s trajectory, reveal ongoing and future investigative efforts, and undermine agents’ ability to collect evidence or obtain truthful testimony,’ lawyers wrote in the filing.”

The full text of the DOJ’s “Omnibus Response To Motions To Unseal” can be viewed in the online reader below or viewed in a larger format by clicking on the link “Response To Motions To Unseal.” Clicking the “Download” button allows the full text of the document to be downloaded to your device. You can also share this post on Twitter and Facebook.

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