The United States Department of Justice, led by the attorney general, rejects the publication of the statement or affidavit with which he justified before the judge the need to register Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump’s mansion in Palm Beach (Florida). ). Faced with the formal request to the judge of numerous US media outlets to make this report public, the Prosecutor’s Office has shown its refusal. Donald Trump has not yet ruled on the matter, but numerous Republicans have criticized that it is not known and use it as an argument to insinuate that there are unspeakable reasons to hide it.
“Compelling reasons remain, including protecting the integrity of an ongoing police investigation involving national security, that support keeping the affidavit secret,” argues the Justice Department.
Both the Prosecutor’s Office and Trump agreed to publish the search warrant with its annexes and the inventory of assets seized by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This allowed us to know that Trump is being investigated for at least three possible crimes punishable by fines and/or long prison sentences and also that numerous documents classified as “top secret” were found in the registry. In a new compliment, Trump alleged on Friday that he had declassified those documents, although there is no documentary trace of it.
What was not published was the statement or affidavit in which the Prosecutor’s Office argues that there was sufficient evidence of a crime to proceed to search the house of a former president, something unprecedented in the history of the United States.
In the document registered before the judge of Florida handling the case, the Justice Department notes that “the fact that this investigation involves highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential harm if the information is revealed to the public prematurely or inappropriately.” And it adds that “disclosure of the Government affidavit at this stage could also chill future cooperation from witnesses whose assistance may be requested as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations.”
“The Government has a compelling and overriding interest in preserving the integrity of an ongoing criminal investigation,” he argues. Your response reveals that the report “contains, among other critically important and detailed facts of the investigation: highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the Government, specific investigative techniques, and information required by law to be kept secret. secret”.
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If disclosed, the report would provide insight into the roadmap of the ongoing investigation, “providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future steps in the investigation,” the Department maintains. of Justice.
The Prosecutor’s Office assures that it has carefully studied whether the affidavit could be published with any part crossed out for reasons of confidentiality, but assures that “the omissions necessary to mitigate the damage to the integrity of the investigation would be so extensive that they would make the remaining text significant content. Even so, it requests that, in the event that the judge allows the partial publication of the report, it allows him to suggest which fragments to protect.
The Department of Justice does approve of the dissemination, and in fact requests that they be published, other documents related to the request for registration, the request for secrecy of the investigation and the resolution of the judge that decrees it. Now, it is up to the judge to make a decision.
Parallel to the request to the judge made by the media, congressmen from both the Republican and Democratic Parties have requested that the content of the report be known.
Trump’s lawyers, for their part, have asked the judge to return seized documents that would violate the former president’s right to defense, the so-called attorney-client privilege, according to the conservative network Fox, although they have not specified what types of documents they refer nor have they given any proof of it.
“It has just been learned that the FBI, in their now famous Mar-a-Lago raid, took boxes of privileged attorney-client material,” Trump tweeted shortly after Fox broke the news. And he added: “I respectfully request that these documents be returned immediately.”
Trump said this Monday, in an interview on Fox, that he was willing to do whatever was necessary to help “because the temperature has to go down in the country.” “If not, terrible things are going to happen,” he added. In that same interview he has suggested that the FBI put false evidence in his house and that he is the victim of a Witch hunt. And then he has continued to warm up his faithful in his social network.