According to Breitbart News, Former President Donald Trump is arguing that the fact that the search warrant affidavit released on Friday was very heavily redacted proves that the Biden administration is trying to “cover up” the truth about the unprecedented FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump made the claim in a statement he released on Friday.
“The release of a heavily redacted, overtly political affidavit only proves that the Biden administration is desperate to cover up their unprecedented, unnecessary, and un-American raid against President Donald J. Trump,” the statement reads.
“This is a grave travesty, and what is unredacted only further supports President Trump’s position, there was NO reason for a raid – it is all politics!” Trump added.
The search warrant affidavit
On Friday, Judge Reinhart unsealed the search warrant affidavit behind the FBI’s raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The prior day, the Department of Justice (DOJ) submitted to Reinhart the redactions that it was looking to make, supposedly in order to protect its investigation into Trump. So, the big question going into the unsealing of the document was just how much of it was going to be redacted. And, the answer ended up being most of it.
Of the 38-page search warrant affidavit, 24 pages had some level of information redacted and 20 pages were either significantly or fully redacted, according to Fox News. The document itself can be read here.
As a result of the document being heavily redacted, more questions have been raised than answered. It showed that Trump was keeping documents with confidential markings at Mar-a-Lago. It also showed that the DOJ said that it had “probable cause” of “obstruction” on the part of Trump, but it is not clear exactly how.
The big takeaway, though, is that the whole point of releasing the search warrant affidavit was to provide some transparency about the DOJ and FBI’s unprecedented raid of Trump’s residence. Clearly, that didn’t happen.
Trump released another statement on the matter via Truth Social. There, he wrote:
Affidavit heavily redacted!!! Nothing mentioned on ‘Nuclear,’ a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding document turnover – WE GAVE THEM MUCH. Judge Bruce Reinhart should NEVER have allowed the Break-In of my home. He recused himself two months ago from one of my cases based on his animosity and hatred of your favorite President, me. What changed? Why hasn’t he recused himself on this case? Obama must be very proud of him right now!
Trump followed this up with a post in which he wrote, “WITCH HUNT!!!”
Then, the former president published another post in which he trolled the left by posting a picture of a document with everything redacted except the words “Make America Great Again.” “They missed a page!” Trump wrote.