Unseal Mar-a-Lago’s research affidavit

Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart will hold a hearing Thursday on whether to unseal the affidavit the Federal Bureau of Investigation used to justify last week’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. The public interest is best served if the judge lets Americans see what only he and federal officials now know.

On Friday, Judge Reinhart released the search warrant after Attorney General Merrick Garland and Mr. Trump requested his release. The public gleaned some general information about the warrant and what was collected, but not enough to conclude whether the unprecedented search of a former president’s home was justified. The affidavit almost certainly includes more detail about the legal and factual basis for the search.


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