On Monday (August 15), the Department of Justice told a federal judge that unsealing the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence would jeopardize an ongoing investigation.
Days after the unsealing of the search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and a receipt of items seized, federal prosecutors have submitted court filings opposing efforts to unseal the affidavit as it lays out the probable cause for the search.
The filing — signed by the head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence office, Jay Bratt, and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Juan Antonio Gonzalez — states that the affidavit supporting the warrant has a “very different set of considerations.”
The filing also stresses that “There remain compelling reasons, including to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security, that support keeping the affidavit sealed.”
The DOJ also argues that disclosing the affidavit would result in “significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation.”
Monday’s court filing also emphasizes that the affidavit contains “highly sensitive information about witnesses, including witnesses interviewed by the government” and “specific investigative techniques.” It also explains, citing the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), that information in the affidavit contains information protected by rules on grand jury secrecy.
For weeks, media outlets have speculated whether the DOJ has turned its attention to investigating and prosecuting Trump. The FBI raid of Trump’s residence on Monday (August 8) fanned those flames with the court filing to block the affidavit all but confirming the DOJ’s pursuit of Trump.