If Mr. Trump agrees, the public will have more information about the basis for the search — information that could refute the former president’s claims that the Justice Department acted for no reason. However, if Mr Trump opposes the disclosure, he runs the risk of looking like he has something to hide.
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Anyway, there is another important caveat. Mr. Garland did not propose to disclose the department’s search warrant application and any associated affidavits from a detective explaining why there were probable reasons to believe that the search would provide evidence of a crime.
Those materials would indicate in clearer detail, not just what detectives think they know — for example, whether they thought Mr. Trump was illegally hoarding government documents, whether some of those files were classified and where they were stored in Mar-a-Lago — but how the researchers knew those things.
In short, the filing would clarify whether the Justice Department is in talks with one or more confidential sources in the Trump camp providing information.
Unsurprisingly, the Justice Department isn’t proposing to disclose that particularly sensitive material, as it would carefully protect its sources. But at the same time, Mr Trump’s supporters are eager to learn.
Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican who is a close ally to Trump, released a statement Thursday afternoon saying he wanted to know the basis for the search — alluding to “the deep distrust of the FBI and DOJ” among supporters. of the former president.