Donald Trump, the federal magistrate that authorized the historic FBI raid against a former U.S. president, has now agreed to release redacted documents federal prosecutors used as justification for the raid.
After being asked by Judicial Watch and former President Trump, Judge Bruce Reinhart ruled on the bench. Reinhart was asked by media outlets and Judicial Watch to release documents used by the FBI and Department of Justice as the basis for raiding Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach, Fla. home. Reinhart also confiscated all material. The raid was so intense that Melania Trump’s clothes were searched by investigators, leaving it “in a heap.”
Trump requested the release of documents, even though they aren’t always true and have a negative impact on the former president. He made his requests publically and not in court.
A judge ruled that certain information in the documents must be deleted. This may take time. Next Thursday’s hearing was called.
According to Robert Barnes and other constitutional lawyers, the warrant to obtain the loot was “overly wide” and “unconstitutional.” Overly broad warrants can be equated to “general warrants,” which is unconstitutional. The FBI essentially confirmed that its warrant wasn’t specific enough when it admitted to “over collecting” Trump’s belongings, including the former president’s old and new passports and attorney-client-privileged documents.
Prosecutors for the government argued that the documents could be released to “serve as an outline to the government’s ongoing investigation… that is highly susceptible to compromise future investigative actions.” They also wrote that information about witnesses was “particularly sensitive” due to the “high-profile nature and risk that witness identities might impact their willingness to cooperate with this investigation. “Also likely to chill future cooperation from witnesses whose assistance might be sought as this investigation proceeds.”
However, at least one “sensitive” witness was likely to have been outed prior to the hearing. Some of the evidence is also questionable. This is the FBI’s and DOJ system of selectively leaked information to the media, and then using the stories as evidence that the issue was serious in their warrant request. This is a constant fake-news feedback loop, similar to the one we witnessed in the Steele Dossier and Russian collusion hoaxes. It’s simple as it sounds, as I explained here at PJ Media. The loop begins with media leaks, which the media report, and then the FBI uses these stories to support their warrant applications. You can see how it works.
The public should be aware of this and take a look at what a federal court officer is using again against Trump in order to prosecute him.