The FBI’s raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home has sparked a flame under conservatives as many believe it was a targeted effort to defame the former President, hurt his party’s success in November midterm elections, and ruin his chances for a 2024 presidential run.
The affidavit that led to the raid was recently released by the Department of Justice, but quite a bit has been redacted eliminating the opportunity for the public to understand the exact reasoning for the raid’s occurrence.
Former FBI Assistant Director of Intelligence Kevin R. Brock recently stated that the affidavit the Department of Justice used to obtain a search warrant for Trump’s home presents “no case” against the former President.
Brock reported his thoughts on the DOJ affidavit and warrant in an article on The Hill:
Everyone in America, from plumber to president, is constitutionally protected from a government search that lacks adequate cause.
We now know why the DOJ wanted the affidavit — which is supposed to articulate the probable cause needed for a legitimate search — to be kept under seal. After the magistrate who authorized the search forced the DOJ to unseal a redacted version, two realities came into better focus.
First, the affidavit confirmed that the FBI’s investigation was triggered in January 2022 at the request of the National Archives, which wanted certain documents, especially classified documents, that it considered to be presidential records to be turned over to it by Trump.
Second, from what I have seen, I don’t believe the affidavit articulates how a federal law was or is being broken. For those who hold out hope that the affidavit’s redacted sections fill that gap, there is almost no chance that they do.
As to the first point, this matter is, as suspected, nothing more than a document dispute that was chugging along, appropriately, as a negotiation behind the scenes and apparently making some progress. I don’t see anything in the affidavit asserting a refusal by Trump to cooperate.
The entire situation surrounding the raid on Trump’s home has received a lot of attention from the media and the public.
Republicans and Democrats have widely different views on the raid but one thing both parties can agree on is the magnitude of the impact this has on the politisphere.
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