Part of the evidence on the basis of which the Trump residence was searched may be made public

Part of the evidence on the basis of which the Trump residence was searched may be made public

Part of the evidence on the basis of which the Trump residence was searched may be made public

  Some of the evidence behind the Trump residence search may be made public

Judge Bruce Reinhart made this decision after Thursday's court hearing

On Thursday, a federal court in West Palm Beach decided whether to make public the sealed documents that led to the Aug. 9 FBI raid of the Trump residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida. The lawsuit was filed by American news organizations, including The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, as well as ABC News, NBC News and CNN.

At the end of the hearing, federal justice of the peace Bruce Reinhart said he was leaning towards releasing parts of classified documents that include some of the evidence provided by the Ministry of Justice, on the basis of which the search was carried out.

The judge ordered the DOJ to release to it an edited version of the sealed sworn witness statements that became the evidence in the decision to search the Trump residence. The edited version is due next Thursday noon. At the same time, the Ministry of Justice will have the opportunity to file an appeal if the prosecutors do not agree with the version proposed by it.

The DOJ opposes the release of affidavits as further investigation is threatened.

Jay Bratt, head of the DOJ's counterintelligence and export control division, told a judge on Thursday that it is not in the public interest to release affidavits. because it could harm the ongoing investigation. “Another public interest is at stake, and that is the public interest that criminal investigations can move forward unhindered,” he said.

The August 9 FBI search was part of a federal investigation into the legality of Trump's possession and deletion of documents when he left the White House and after.

The Justice Department is investigating possible violations of three laws, including the Espionage Act. , which prohibits possession of national defense information, and another law that makes it a crime to knowingly destroy, conceal, or falsify documents with the intent to obstruct an investigation.

Lawyers for several media outlets said at Thursday's court hearing that the public's right to know the truth and the historical significance of the raid outweighed any arguments for keeping the recordings secret.

transparency of this search,” said Charles Tobin, one of the lawyers acting on behalf of media companies.

On August 12, a federal court for the Southern District of Florida, at the request of the Department of Justice, declassified the search warrant and several that FBI agents removed 11 crates of classified documents from Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate. Such documents are usually stored in special government agencies, because disclosure of information could harm US national security.