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The US justice department asked a judge to keep sealed the affidavit that gave the FBI probable cause to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort

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    Feds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant. Unsealing the document could reveal the scope of the inquiry against Donald Trump, whose team is rattled by recent events. The US justice department asked a judge to keep sealed the affidavit that gave the FBI probable cause to search Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
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Feds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant. Unsealing the document could reveal the scope of the inquiry against Donald Trump, whose team is rattled by recent events.

The Justice Department on Monday rebuffed efforts to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, saying the investigation “implicates highly classified material” and the document contains sensitive information about witnesses.

The government’s opposition came in response to court filings by several news organizations, including The Associated Press, seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit the Justice Department submitted when it asked for the warrant to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.

The court filing — from Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a top Justice Department national security official — argues that making the affidavit public would “cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation.”

The document, the prosecutors say, details “highly sensitive information about witnesses,” including people who have been interviewed by the government, and contains confidential grand jury information.