Major media outlets asking judge to release Trump search warrant affidavit

Trump has voiced support for the completely unredacted affidavit to be unsealed.

Updated: August 18, 2022 - 11:09am

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Attorneys for major U.S. media outlets will ask a federal judge Thursday to publicly release the affidavit that allowed FBI agents to execute a search warrant last week on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The Associated Press, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and major TV new networks are asking U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to release the affidavit, despite objections from the Justice Department. The department argues unsealing the affidavit would compromise the investigation.

The news outlets will argue that the affidavit's release would allow the public to decide whether the department had legitimate reasons behind the raid or if it was part of the Biden administration's political bias against Trump, according to AP.

Trump on Monday posted on Truth Social calling for the complete, unredacted affidavit to be unsealed.

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