Judge to hold hearing on whether to unseal affidavit behind FBI Mar-a-Lago search

The judge that approved the Mar-a-Lago search warrant is expected to decide whether to unseal the affidavit, which the DOJ says could put "highly classified material" at risk.
3:34 | 08/17/22

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Transcript for Judge to hold hearing on whether to unseal affidavit behind FBI Mar-a-Lago search
ON THE 2022 PRIMARIES FROM THE GLOBAL RESOURCES OF ABC NEWS. A JUDGE IS EXPECTED TO DECIDE TOMORROW WHY THERE TO UNSEAL THE AFFIDAVIT BEHIND THE FBI SEARCH OF FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP'S FLORIDA STATE. TRUMP IS CALLING FOR THE AFFIDAVITS RELEASE. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT SAYS THAT COULD COMPROMISE ITS INVESTIGATION. OUR SENIOR NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT TERRY MORAN JOINS ME LIVE NOW FROM WASHINGTON WITH MORE ON THIS. TERI, THANKS FOR COMING ON. THE JUDGE HURLING THIS EARRING IS THE SAME ONE WHO APPROVED THE SEARCH WARRANT OF MARTA ALONG GO. WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TOMORROW? >> THAT IS RIGHT, A MAGISTRATE JUDGE, BRUCE REINHARDT. THAT'S A KIND OF FEDERAL JUDGE WHO HANDLES A LOT OF THE BUSINESS IN THE WEEDS OF COURT BUSINESS IN THE FEDERAL COURT SYSTEM. SO HE, WAS THE ONE THAT DID APPROVE THE ORIGINAL SOURCE WARRANT FOR DONALD TRUMP'S MAR-A-LAGO HOME. NOW, THERE IS A MOVE BY MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS INCLUDING ABC NEWS TO GET THAT AFFIDAVIT SWORN AFFIDAVIT THAT FEDERAL AUGUSTA GAITERS USED TO JUDGE THAT SEARCH ON RELEASING UNSEALED. DONALD TRUMP WANTED MADE PUBLIC, HE SAYS. HE KNOWS IT'S UNLIKELY TO HAPPEN, THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPPOSES IT ONTO BASIC ROUND. THEY SAY, FIRST, RELEASING IT TO THE PUBLIC COULD, AS THEY, SAY AND THEIR COURT FILINGS, QUOTE, CAUSE SIGNIFICANT AND IRREVERSIBLE DAMAGE. IT COULD ALSO CHILL FUTURE COOPERATION BY WITNESSES AND PUT A HIGHLY CLASSIFIED MATERIAL AT RISK OF EXPOSURE. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT COMES INTO THIS HEARING WITH A COUPLE OF REALLY TRUMP CARDS, SO TO SPEAK. ON THE ONE HAND, COURTS GENERALLY DEFER TO THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S CONCERNS ABOUT CLASSIFIED MATERIAL. ON THE OTHER, THESE AFFIDAVITS ARE OFTEN KEPT SEALED IN ORDER TO PROTECT AND MAINTAIN THE INTEGRITY OF AN ONGOING INVESTIGATION. SO, IT WILL BE HARD FOR THE MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS AND DONALD TRUMP TO GET THIS AFFIDAVIT UNSEALED. WHICH, IN THE AND MAYBE WHAT DONALD TRUMP WANTED ALL ALONG. >> TERRY, HOW LIKELY IS IT THAT THE JUDGE WILL KEEP THIS SEALED WHAT HAPPENS IF HE DOESN'T? >> AS I SAID, I THINK HE'S GOING TO KEEP IT SEALED. IF HE RELEASES IT, THERE'S NEVER BEEN A CASE LIKE THIS. THIS IS A CASE OF TREMENDOUS PUBLIC INTEREST. THE LEADER OF ONE OF THE POLITICAL PARTIES OF A MOVEMENT, AMASS POLITICAL MOVEMENT, DONALD TRUMP, THE FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS HIS HOW SEARCHED. WE HAVE NEVER HAD ANYTHING LIKE THAT THE. PUBLIC INTEREST AS HIGH. AS A RESULT, THE JUDGE MAY FEEL THAT IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST, PEOPLE SHOULD SEE SOMETHING, A REDACTED VERSION OF THIS AFFIDAVIT THIS WARRANT AFFIDAVIT. WE WILL SEE, IF HE DOESN'T, WE WILL HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE WHAT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT HAS. IF, IN FACT, IF IT EVER COMES TO A CHARGING DOCUMENT. >> TERRY, WE ARE NOW LEARNING THAT THE FBI INTERVIEWED TOP WHITE HOUSE LAWYERS ABOUT THESE MISSING DOCUMENTS. ALLEGEDLY SEIZED FROM MAR-A-LAGO. WHAT MORE DO WE KNOW ABOUT THAT? >> THESE ARE TWO OF THE INNER CIRCLES OF DONALD TRUMP'S WHITE HOUSE. FORMER WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL PAT CIPOLLONE AND HIS DEPUTY PATRICK PHILBIN ABC NEWS HAS LEARNED THEY ARE BOTH BEEN INTERVIEWED BY THE FBI ABOUT THE HANDLING OF DOCUMENTS, THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS, AND CLASSIFIED MATERIAL AT MAR-A-LAGO SINCE DONALD TRUMP LEFT OFFICE. THAT IS AT THE HEART OF THIS INQUIRY, BUT IT SHOWS JUST HOW DEEPLY THIS INQUIRY HAS COME. WE DON'T KNOW ABOUT WHEN THOSE INTERVIEWS HAPPENED AS BEEN GOING ON FOR A WHILE. AND HOW FAST MOVING IT IS. NOW THIS IS A VERY SERIOUS GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION AS TO WHAT WAS GOING ON AT MAR-A-LAGO

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