UPDATED 1:18 PM PT – Thursday, August 25, 2022
The judge presiding over the Mar-a-Lago raid rules the affidavit can not stay totally private. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart announced Thursday that the Department if Justice did not meet the burden of showing the entire document should stay sealed. Reinhart ordered the “redacted” version of the affidavit to be made public by noon Friday.
Former President Donald Trump has called for the affidavit’s full release with his spokesperson saying, “Democrat officials use redactions to hide their own corruption just like they did with the debunked Russia hoax.”
Trump has continued to suggest Joe Biden did know about the raid of Mar- a-Lago. While taking to Truth Social Thursday, Trump questioned if people really believed the President was unaware of “the greatest political attack in the history of the US.” His remarks came after Biden told reporters Wednesday that he had no advance notice about the raid.
The Radical Left Democrat prosecutors are illegally trying to circumvent, for purely political gain, the Presidential Record’s Act, under which I have done absolutely nothing wrong. It can not be circumvented, for me or any other President. They illegally Raided my home, and took things that should not have been taken. They even broke into my safe, an unthinkable act!
— Donald Trump via Truth Social
In a separate post, Trump said Democrat prosecutors are illegally trying to circumvent the Presidential Record’s Act for purely political gain. He contended he has done absolutely nothing wrong and authorities took things from his home that should not have been taken.
Meanwhile, Biden has continued to insist he did not know about the FBI raid of Trump’s home until after it happened. While speaking to reporters Wednesday, Biden said he had no advance notice about the raid, echoing prior remarks by White House officials.
However, Republicans believe the unprecedented raid must have been approved at the highest level and Biden must have at least known about it. They argue if it wasn’t then it means the Department of Justice has gone rogue. Meanwhile, members of the GOP say if the raid was approved by Biden then it is, indeed, a politically-motivated attack.