BREAKING: DOJ ordered to respond after requests to unseal FBI's Trump raid warrant

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The Justice Department must respond to motions to unseal the warrant behind the FBI raid of Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago, the magistrate judge who approved the unprecedented search ordered Thursday.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who is believed to have signed the still-sealed FBI warrant approving the bureau’s Trump raid, said the Justice Department must now “file a Response to the Motion to Unseal” following efforts by Albany-based news outlet the Times Union and the conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch requesting that DOJ make the warrant public.

Reinhart said the DOJ’s response may be filed “ex parte and under seal as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal,” meaning that the full response may be secret but that “the Government shall file a redacted Response in the public record” too.

The Times Union lawyer wrote that FBI agents “applied for and received a search warrant in connection with an investigation that involved the residence of Donald J. Trump in Palm Beach” and that “I am filing this request seeking the unsealing request of these court records.”

Judicial Watch wrote that it is “investigating the potential politicization” of the FBI and DOJ and whether they are “abusing their law enforcement powers to harass a likely future political opponent of President Biden” and that “If the Court were to unseal the materials, Judicial Watch would obtain the materials, analyze them, and make them available to the public.”

Reinhart said that “the Government may file a consolidated Response to all Motions to Seal” and that DOJ will have until Monday to respond.

The magistrate judge came under considerable scrutiny on Tuesday over his connection to notorious sex offender Jeffery Epstein after multiple news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and Politico, reported that he was the magistrate judge that signed off on the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Reinhart left his job as an assistant United States attorney on Jan. 1, 2008. The next day he began representing some of Epstein's employees. He was accused in a lawsuit filed by two of Epstein's victims of leaving the Justice Department to provide Epstein inside information, allegations that Reinhart denied, the Miami Herald reported in 2018.

The Southern District of Florida removed Reinhart's page from its website on Tuesday afternoon after his connection to Epstein went viral on social media.... (Read more)