A US judge on Thursday ordered the release of a court document explaining the reasons for a recent federal police (FBI) raid on former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, while accepting numerous redactions to the text.
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The Justice Ministry must make public by Friday afternoon (4 pm GMT) a document detailing the reasons that led to the investigation and possibly revealing the identity of some of the actors in the case, federal judge Bruce Reinhardt ruled.
But most of these elements remain secret, Mr. Reinhardt accepted the request from the Ministry of Justice, which argued a “compelling” need to redact key parts of the document for the benefit of the investigations.
On Monday, Bruce Reinhardt ordered partial release of the account, citing unprecedented public interest in the search for the former US president’s home.
Officials objected to its release, saying it was “so comprehensive that it would be devoid of any significant content remaining from the leaked text.”
On August 8, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida, seizing boxes of classified documents that Republican officials had not returned to officials despite repeated requests.
Donald Trump, who is flirting with a 2024 presidential bid, has not had strong words to condemn the search, which he sees as indicative of a “witch hunt.”
On Thursday, the president again claimed his innocence on his Truth social network, accusing “far-left Democratic lawyers” of “illegal raids.” [sa] House”.
“They even breached my security, an unspeakable act!” He was angry.