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Republicans push to see affidavit that justified FBI search of Trump's home

World Aug 15, 2022 03:17PM ET
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3/3 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in New York City, U.S., August 9, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado 2/3

By David Lawder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans stepped up calls on Sunday for the release of an FBI affidavit showing the justification for its seizure of documents at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home amid reports of heightened threats against federal law enforcement personnel.

A search warrant released last week after the unprecedented search showed that Trump had 11 sets of classified documents at his home, and that the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations.

Republicans are calling for the disclosure of more detailed information that persuaded a federal judge to issue the search warrant, which may show sources of information and details about the nature of the documents and other classified information. The unsealing of such affidavits is highly unusual and would require approval from a federal judge.

"I think a releasing the affidavit would help, at least that would confirm that there was justification for this raid," Republican Senator Mike Rounds told NBC's "Meet the Press".

"The Justice Department should "show that this was not just a fishing expedition, that they had due cause to go in and to do this, that they did exhaust all other means," Rounds said. "And if they can't do that, then we've got a serious problem on our hands."

Separately on Sunday, the bipartisan Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Democrat Mark Warner and Republican Marco Rubio, asked the Justice Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to provide the seized documents on a classified basis.

A spokesperson for the committee, charged with oversight of the handling of classified information, said the two senators had also requested "an assessment of potential risks to national security" as a result of possible mishandling of the files.

Representative Mike Turner, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said on CNN on Sunday that the Biden administration should provide more details on what led to the search.

"Congress is saying, 'Show us. We want to know what did the FBI tell them? What did they find?'" Turner said.

The Department of Justice did respond to a request for comment on the FBI affidavit.

HEIGHTENED THREATS

The calls from Republicans came amid reports https://www.cbsnews.com/news/mar-a-lago-search-fbi-threat-law-enforcement that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security warned of increased threats to law enforcement emanating from social media platforms in the wake of the Mar-a-Lago search.

The FBI said in a statement that it is always concerned about threats to law enforcement and was working with other agencies to assess and respond to such threats, "which are reprehensible and dangerous."

Republican Representative Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent and prosecutor from Pennsylvania, said he was concerned about the safety of federal law enforcement officers amid such threats, adding "everybody needs to be calling for calm."

He told CBS' "Face the Nation" that the search of Trump's home "was an unprecedented action that needs to be supported by unprecedented justification" and the probable-cause affidavit would show whether that standard was reached -- even if it was only shown to lawmakers in a classified briefing.

"I've encouraged all my colleagues on the left and the right to reserve judgment and not get ahead of yourself because we don't know what that document contains. It's going answer a lot of questions."

DAMAGE ASSESSMENT

Democrats on Sunday did not echo calls for the affidavit's release.

Instead, Representative Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said he was asking for an assessment of potential damage done to U.S. national security from Trump's possession of the classified documents, along with an intelligence briefing.

The "Top Secret" and "Sensitive Compartmented Information" documents could cause "extremely grave damage to national security" if disclosed, Schiff told CBS.

"So the fact that they were in an unsecured place that is guarded with nothing more than a padlock, or whatever security they had at a hotel, is deeply alarming," Schiff said.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told NBC that she could not make a judgment as to whether the Justice Department should indict Trump on criminal charges.

"This is going to be up to the Justice Department to make a decision about what happened here, why it happened, and if it rises to the level of a crime," Klobuchar said.

(The story corrects 10th paragraph to read "did not respond", adding word "not".)

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gab nea
gab nea Aug 16, 2022 7:51AM ET
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have you noticed, the Republicans dont care about the dear leader criminalities. they dont even discuss or debate his crimes. they question the process, the judge ...... what spineless cowards!
Eddie Garcia
Eddie Garcia Aug 15, 2022 10:59PM ET
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my eyes are bleeding.
gab nea
gab nea Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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the Republicans dont care about classified documents that orange spy stole, or if he passed them to putin/lavrov. they just want to distract! vote them out, the traitors!
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Nick Le
Nick Le Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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What aWhat a deranged individual. Are you seriously happy with the racist deranged communist democrat party and their policies? Are you happy with the recent highest gas prices on record, and inflation at 40 year highs, or even longer. Are you happy with the current invasion at our Southern Border. Are you happy with the way biden left out of Afghanistan? Nw wether we left o not, but how we left? Are you happy with the crimes going on in leftist run City and/or State. Are you happy with the lies and corruption. Have you even seen the videos your son Hunter’s created?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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That's some well rehearsed propaganda. Have you ever been to the US? You should visit.
Don Getty
Don Getty Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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Nick Le  have you ever had access to Public uncensored information! Try leaving china before you post dictatorship spewed fodder!
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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Nick Le you have been watching too much fox news or extreme right wing media try ans switch channels to a more enlightened world that do not consist of putin lovers and rascists
gab nea
gab nea Aug 15, 2022 9:23AM ET
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hillary is a patriotic angel compared to the lying., defrauding ,grifting ,women insulting orange devil! straight to ***my friend!
gab nea
gab nea Aug 15, 2022 8:12AM ET
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could you imagine the republicans dont care about our country anymore! they endorse every criminal, distasteful act or chaos the orange devil creates! stealing, spying, grifting, lying, all no problem for the GOP. vote them out!
jason xx
jason xx Aug 15, 2022 5:22AM ET
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All trump had to do was comply with his subpoena. He probably already sent copies of the documents to putin.
gab nea
gab nea Aug 15, 2022 5:22AM ET
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why else would the orange swamp creature insist on meeting putin alone, why?
jason xx
jason xx Aug 15, 2022 5:20AM ET
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Lol they are not going to unsealed affidavits just because some Republicans don't like traitor trump being held to account. Where is the outrage when police k i ll 5 minorities a week?
rasheed abdul
rasheed abdul Aug 15, 2022 5:20AM ET
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I cant figure out how they keep passing you by.
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 14, 2022 5:02PM ET
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By all means publish everything but national secrets so that the GOP can see who Trump really is.
Tim Hilliard
Tim Hilliard Aug 14, 2022 5:02PM ET
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How about we do the same with all politicians, especially the Clinton's and obama's.
Don Getty
Don Getty Aug 14, 2022 5:02PM ET
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Tim Hilliard  the GOP would never go for that - right now its only stumpy and a few of his GOP toadies in the lights - you let the FBI go all out on the GOP they won't have anyone to run in Nov.! There's a reason their all taking the 5th!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 14, 2022 5:02PM ET
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@Tim: Get your facts straight. Clinton cooperated with FBI investigations into the email server, so no search warrant was necessary. As for Obama change the channel.
First Last
First Last Aug 14, 2022 4:28PM ET
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"So the fact that they were in an unsecured place that is guarded with nothing more than a padlock, or whatever security they had at a hotel, is deeply alarming,"  +  there's a history of CCP woman agents just wandering around Mar-a-Lago  =  ""extremely grave damage to national security"
Tony Huynh
Tony Huynh Aug 14, 2022 4:02PM ET
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"Back the Blue", "Blue Life Matter" only when convenient
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 14, 2022 3:12PM ET
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Hehe Republicans going full defund the police now ;)
 
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