Donald Trump has repeatedly criticized the search, speaking of a “witch hunt”. The US Department of Justice released the document to respond to the former president.
US justice released a court document on Friday setting out the reasons for the recent federal police (FBI) search of the Florida home of former President Donald Trump, but the content largely redacted in the interest of the investigation.
Federal Judge Bruce Reinhart had ordered the Department of Justice to release this key document, supposed to detail the reasons which led to the investigation of Donald Trump, citing public interest in the unprecedented search of the home of a former president. American.
Donald Trump speaks of a ‘witch hunt’
But the magistrate had accepted the ministry’s request to redact important parts of the document – which could otherwise have revealed the identity of certain actors in the case – in the name of a “compelling” need to protect the investigations. Authorities waited until the last minute, releasing the 38-page document shortly after 6 p.m., the deadline set by Judge Reinhart.
They had initially opposed the publication of said document, arguing that it would require a redaction “so important that the rest of the text disclosed would be devoid of any significant content”.
On August 8, the FBI raided Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, seizing boxes of confidential documents that the Republican had not returned after leaving the White House, despite multiple requests. Donald Trump, who flirts with the idea of a candidacy for the presidential election of 2024, has long lambasted this search, which he sees as the illustration of a “witch hunt” targeting him.