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DOJ objects to unsealing of Trump search warrant affidavit

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() — The Department of Justice on Monday objected to the release of an affidavit that could contain additional information about the search warrant executed at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.

“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,” department officials wrote in their court filing.

The FBI searched the former president’s Palm Beach estate on Aug. 8.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asked to unseal the federal warrant used, citing “substantial public interest in this matter.”

The warrant and its property receipt were released Friday. At least 12 boxes were reportedly recovered in the FBI’s search.

The warrant didn’t provide great detail about what was found among the documents other than to say they included “top secret,” “secret” and “classified” materials.

The warrant cited possible crimes the FBI believed Trump may have committed, including possible violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of an investigation and destruction or removal of records.

Trump has claimed all the documents found at Mar-a-Lago were declassified, and therefore, allowed to be in his possession. 

This is a developing story. Refresh for updates.

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