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Take your best guess: will Trump agree to unseal the warrant?

By Curt_Anderson
August 11, 2022 3:29 pm
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Republicans are accusing the DOJ and the FBI of being like the Gestapo. In their thinking the FBI has been used as an instrument of political harassment. Some are calling it Banana Republic stuff. Merrick Garland has been called a Nazi.

Justice Department Moves to Unseal Warrant in Mar-a-Lago Search
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland said is asking to unseal the warrant because of "substantial public interest." The former president has until 3 p.m. on Friday to oppose the motion.

If the warrant and items listed that the FBI retained, incriminate Trump politically and/or legally, he will want them kept under wraps. However, if Trump believes he has nothing to hide or to be ashamed of he will opt for transparency and not oppose the public release of information in the warrant.

By 3 p.m. Friday, will Trump oppose or not oppose the motion to unseal the warrant?



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  1. by Curt_Anderson on August 11, 2022 3:33 pm
    I'll go first...I predict that Trump will oppose the unsealing of the warrant. He will do so with a lame ass excuse that only gullible cultists will find credible.


  2. by HatetheSwamp on August 11, 2022 3:49 pm

    My guess that he'll oppose it, too. One Wednesday's edition of THE FIVE, token Dem Harold Ford, Jr., asserted that Trump should release the warrant. Jeanine Piro, a former DA and Judge snapped, "You can put ANYTHING in a warrant!"

    She'd know.

    The warrant is a document created by the prosecution to serve the cause of a conviction.

    I can't see how it could benefit a potentially accused person to make a warrant public under any circumstances.

    So, unless idiots wrote it, I can't see Trump going for it.


  3. by Curt_Anderson on August 11, 2022 4:32 pm
    Pirro is correct: it's true that anything can be listed in a warrant, because anything can be evidence of a crime.

    Merrick Garland knows what's on the list. He is calling Trump's and his supporter' bluff when they ask for transparency in what is on the list of warranted items.

    We already know that Trump took some classified documents to Mar-a-Lago with him because his attorneys returned some of it in dribs and drabs as DOJ became more and repeatedly insistent.
    cnn.com


  4. by islander on August 11, 2022 4:54 pm

    Hate wrote:"Jeanine Piro, a former DA and Judge snapped, "You can put ANYTHING in a warrant!"

    "Judge Jeanine" is full of it. You can't put ANYTHING in a search warrant.

    "A search warrant is a warrant signed by a judge or magistrate authorizing a law enforcement officer to conduct a search on a certain person, a specified place, or an automobile for criminal evidence.

    A search warrant usually is the prerequisite of a search, which is designed to protect individuals’ reasonable expectation of privacy against unreasonable governmental physical trespass or other intrusion. The origin of this right is from the 4th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to protect people from unlawful government searches and seizures.

    The Amendment reads: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
    Search warrant requirements

    Probable cause: The officer should give reasonable information to support the possibility that the evidence of illegality will be found. Such information may come from the officer’ personal observations or that of an informant. If the warrant lacks accurate information as to what will be searched, the search is unlawful. See Groh v. Ramirez, 540 U.S. 551 (2004).

    Particularity: The warrant should describe the place to be searched with particularity. See United States v. Grubbs, 547 U.S. 90 (2006).

    Signed by a “neutral and detached” magistrate or judge. See Coolidge v. New Hampshire, 403 U.S. 443 (1971)."



    law.cornell.edu


  5. by oldedude on August 11, 2022 6:32 pm
    I agree with her. Having been part of oh, 30 of them, the difference between the affidavit and the Warrant can be very different. I know what they're "supposed" to do, but at that level of the bureau, I'm not convinced anything was legit until proven otherwise. These are the same people that should be fired and criminally charged (according to the last AG). That's been our point all along.


  6. by oldedude on August 11, 2022 6:49 pm
    "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrant shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”"

    In court, you have to show that you have exhausted all other means to get the information in order to support "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated..."

    According to the National Presidential Archives, Trump was giving them everything they wanted. The FBI issued a subpoena regarding the camera footage on site, and those were given. I don't understand a raid, when a subpoena should have been tried first.

    Skipping that point may get this kicked out. I'm not blaming anyone except for the agents responsible for the case. Either they were told to do it this way, or they were pressured. So we'll see how this flashes out.


  7. by Curt_Anderson on August 11, 2022 9:00 pm
    Trump tonight says, "Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid … I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents".

    We'll see if that actually happens at 3pm eastern time tomorrow. Of course, Trump has a copy of the warrant. I know of nothing that is stopping him from releasing his copy of the warrant.


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