A retired senior intelligence official with the FBI has said he believes the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, reveals the government has “no case” against him.
“We now know why the DOJ wanted the affidavit—which is supposed to articulate the probable cause needed for a legitimate search—to be kept under seal,” wrote Kevin R. Brock, the former assistant director of intelligence for the FBI and principal deputy director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), in an opinion piece published Sunday.
A U.S. magistrate judge last week ordered the affidavit used to justify the raid of the 45th U.S President’s home but it was heavily redacted, a fact that was mocked by none other that Donald Trump himself.
“First,” Brock wrote, “the affidavit confirmed that the FBI’s investigation was triggered in January 2022 at the request of the National Archives, which wanted certain documents, especially classified documents, that it considered to be presidential records to be turned over to it by 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.
The legal document’s probable cause arguments only deal with “half of what is needed to show a possible violation of the federal statutes that are cited in the warrant,” Brock wrote, adding that based on his experience, it’s unlikely the government will release more of the redacted portions of the affidavit.
The raid, no doubt a political stunt by the Biden administration quickly backfired as the Trump campaign broke fundraising records and experts and pundits across the political spectrum noted the disturbing, soviet-esque targeting of enemies of the political establishment.
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