Lawyers of the Ministry of Justice on Monday asked the judge who approved a search warrant for former President Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago resorts to keeping the attached affidavit confidential, citing need for the protection of witnesses and the ongoing investigation.
federal prosecutors responded to numerous inquiries news organizations, including NBC News, to make affidavits public arguing this should remain sealed to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation involving national safety.”
They are also said the affidavit contained “very delicate information about witnesses, including witnesses questioned government; special investigative techniques; as well as information required kept under seal by law.”
The affidavit contains the government’s reasoning for conducting a search of Trump home. Trump allies on Capitol Hill and other places demanded for Department of Justice print affidavits.
“Disclosure at this stage of affidavit supporting probable cause would…cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation,” wrote U.S. Attorney Juan Gonzalez and Justice Department head of counterintelligence and export control Jay Bratt. in Court on Monday.
Trump’s press secretary did not immediately respond to a request. for comment.
In a statement on his social media platform late Monday night, Trump called for “immediate release” of affidavit”in interest of TRANSPARENCY”.
Asked if former the president will file a motion for the publication of an affidavit, in opposition to federal prosecutionsTrump lawyer Christina Bobb told Fox News host Laura Ingram she “didn’t know of any attempt to oppose” the printing of the affidavit.
“We just are following lead of The fact is that already let’s go and see what happens in the answer to this is that she added not intending to file a petition for the release of the document.
The Justice Department’s request to keep the affidavit secret came after a federal judge on On Friday, a search warrant was printed that FBI agents used to seize documents from the Trump residence. in Palm Beach, Florida on 8 August.
AT property check of items restored by the FBI shows that the agents found the treasure of top secret and other highly classified documents. Some documents have been described as “SCI” documents, meaning for highly rated “sensitive information”.
prosecutors on Monday said in their filing that government didn’t mind printing others materials filed in connection with search warrant, documents they say won’t compromise integrity of investigation.
But they said that disclosing the affidavit would “compromise” their investigation.
“If disclosed, the affidavit will serve as a roadmap for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and probably of course in the way that is most likely to lead to a compromise future investigative steps,” they wrote.
A lot of of Trump allies defend former the president amid the aftermath of the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago and calling for affidavit must be made public.
AT letters Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray and the head of the White House of staff Ron Klein on Monday, several Republicans on The House Judiciary Committee demanded a copy of documents and messages related to the execution of search warrant until August 29th.
Ryan J. Reilly contributed.