Despite objections from the same Department of Justice, Judge Bruce Reinhart says he believes that
portions of the affidavit (the document where the supporting evidence is indicated, Editor’s note) could be revealed. The whole document is for the moment under the seal of secrecy.
The magistrate thus ordered the Justice to file, within a week, a redacted version of this affidavit, but specified that the department could appeal if the magistrate did not accept this modified version of the document.
This judgment seems to mark a victory for several media, which had appeared in federal court on Thursday to persuade the magistrate that the public interest in this affidavit supplanted the advantages of keeping it secret.
The Department of Justice continues to oppose the disclosure of evidence.
A matter of public interest
Jay Bratt, the head of the counterintelligence and export control section, told Judge Reinhart on Thursday that releasing the affidavit was not in the public interest, as it could harm the ongoing investigation.
” There is another public interest at stake and that is to ensure that criminal investigations can move forward without having to overcome obstacles. »
The search is part of an investigation into whether the former president violated three laws, including a provision of the Espionage Act that prohibits possession of classified information, as well as a another provision that makes it a crime to destroy, conceal or falsify information, in order to harm an investigation.
For his part, Charles Tobin, one of the lawyers representing the media in this case, argued that the public interest
aimed to ensure maximum transparency in this file.
Donald Trump wrote on social media that full disclosure of the affidavit
None of his lawyers, however, made a motion to that effect. One of Mr. Trump’s team of attorneys, Christina Bobb, was in the courtroom on Thursday, however, to observe the proceedings.