“Release The Warrant,” What Has Actually Been Done

  1. The name of the judge authorizing the warrant. This is already known. It was Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart of Florida. He has already been targeted by a Republican smear campaign and has received death threats.
  2. The nature of the items that are the subject of the search. Presumably classified materials from the National Archives, but we don’t know exactly what the warrant says. We don’t know because Trump has not released it.
  3. The criminal statutes that are being investigated that justify the search. I previously discussed some of the potential statutes. It would, for example, be of great interest to see if the warrant mentions provisions in the Espionage Act (18 U.S.C. §§ 792 et. seq.) or (at the other extreme) if it is just violations of Presidential Records Act. Again, we don’t know because Trump has chosen not to release it. Infer from that what you will.

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Keith

Keith

Retired lawyer & Army vet in The Villages of Florida. Lifelong: Republican (pre-Trump), Constitution buff, science nerd & dog lover. Twitter: @KeithDB80