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Trump has 'no case' against DOJ, ex-FBI chief says

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It appears the government has "no case" against former President Donald Trump, according to an ex-FBI assistant director who worked on the search warrant affidavit for Mar-a-Lago. “We now know why the Department of Justice kept the affidavit under seal—which lays out probable cause for a legitimate search,” wrote Kevin R. In an opinion piece published Sunday, Brock, a former FBI assistant director of intelligence and NCTC principal deputy director, discusses the issue.

As a result of court filings submitted by media outlets and third parties, a U.S. magistrate judge ordered the affidavit to be released. There is very little information about what the FBI agents were searching for and why on Aug. 8 in the legal document because it is heavily redacted.

The affidavit confirmed, according to Brock, that the FBI began investigating Trump in January 2022 at the National Archives' request. The National Archives sought the handover of certain documents, especially classified documents, it viewed as presidential records, from Trump.

” But there appears to be nothing “in the affidavit asserting a refusal by Trump to cooperate,” he wrote. “Second, from what I have seen, I don’t believe the affidavit articulates how a federal law was or is being broken. For those who hold out hope that the affidavit’s redacted sections fill that gap, there is almost no chance that they do,” he continued.

There are only half the arguments to show probable cause for a violation of the federal statutes mentioned in the warrant in the legal document, Brock wrote, and he believes the government won't release the other redacted portions of the affidavit, based on his experience.

29 August 2022


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