The Justice Department requested on Monday that a Florida judge keep the affidavit sealed concerning the warrant that led to the FBI’s August 8 raid on Trump’s estate at Mar-a-Lago.
According to New York 1, Merrick Garland’s Justice Department wants to keep the affidavit portion sealed “to protect the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security.”
An affidavit is the inciting incident of the warrant, as it is a party’s written oath or statement under penalty of perjury.
“Information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high-profile nature of this matter and the risk that the revelation of witness identities would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation,” the DOJ said
The warrant enabled more than 30 federal agents to storm Trump’s Florida property on the belief that Trump and his team had not returned all documents that are deemed government property under the Presidential Records Act, specifically materials related to the National Archives and Records Administration.
“Disclosure of the government’s affidavit at this stage would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” the DOJ said in reference to sources.
“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,” the DOJ said while confirming that it has no objections to other information related to the warrant being released.
The request to see the information was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida by various media groups who wanted to see the information.
Separately Senators Mark Warner and Marco Rubio wrote Avril Haines, the director of National Intelligence, and Attorney General Merrick Garland for more information on the incident.