Update: The warrant materials were unsealed.
Original story below.
U.S. government lawyers on Aug. 12 informed a federal judge that former President Donald Trump does not object to the release of the search warrant that FBI agents executed on Trump’s resort on Aug. 8.
Counsel for Trump “have informed the government that the former President does not object to the government’s Motion,” U.S. Department of Justice lawyers told U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the warrant.
Because of Trump’s stance, Reinhart should unseal the warrant and two attachments to the document, the lawyers added in the two-page filing.
Trump wrote on his social media website late Aug. 11 that he would not oppose the release of the documents in question.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going to step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last six years,” Trump said on Truth Social.
The government on Thursday entered a motion to unseal, after the nonprofit Judicial Watch and multiple news outlets asked Reinhart to make public the filings.
The groups said the disclosure of the warrant and underlying materials, such as the affidavit outlining why a search was needed, was in the public interest and should not remain shielded.
“The department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former President’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said in Washington, reading prepared remarks.
The government has filed redacted versions of the materials it wants released. The redactions “remove the names of law enforcement personnel who executed the search from the unsealed material,” lawyers said in a previous filing.
Trump announced the raid on Monday, hours after FBI agents arrived at Mar-a-Lago, in Palm Beach.
Trump’s lawyers have said the raid on Mar-a-Lago stemmed from a desire to see if the former president possessed classified and presidential records.
Classified materials were found in boxes that the National Archives and Records Administration arranged the transfer of from Mar-a-Lago in January, then-U.S. Archivist David Ferriero has told the House Oversight Committee.
Trump wrote on Friday that all of the materials that were seized were declassified.