The Department of Justice (DOJ) released a heavily-redacted copy of its affidavit used to justify an FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s residence on Friday, eliciting mockery online for its lack of information.
Very little new information can be gleaned from the affidavit because of the extent of the blacked-out portions. In the 32-page affidavit, 11 pages are essentially completely redacted. Heavy and partial redactions cover more pages.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart had the DOJ submit a version of its affidavit to the court for potential release this week, allowing the department to make redactions to the document in order to protect its sources and methods while the FBI investigation into Trump continues. Reinhart agreed to the DOJ’s redactions and unsealed parts of the affidavit Friday.
Critics quickly jumped and mocked the FBI’s liberal use of redactions throughout the affidavit. In addition to the affidavit, the court also unsealed a government memo explaining its reasons for the affidavit’s redactions. That memo also drew mockery for its heavy redactions.
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