America First Legal Demands Justice Department Release Video Recordings of Trump Raid

America First Legal filed a Freedom of Information Act request demanding that the Justice Department release video and audio recordings as well as body camera footage of the former president’s FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago Donald Trump last week.

“The release of the full, raw, unedited video footage and audio recordings will be the best chance the American people have of knowing what really happened when federal agents descended and spent nearly twelve hours at the home. of President Trump last week,” the group said on Tuesday. announcing the FOIA request.

Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and top Trump administration adviser Stephen Miller founded the group last year.

The group is requesting all records from the Justice Department and the FBI regarding the search warrant and all records regarding its request, according to multiple FOIA requests.

“While we expect – and have witnessed – dishonesty and obfuscation at nearly every turn of this administration, the raw video footage and audio recordings that were taken during the raid may be the best chance for the American people to know about the Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of Investigation’s conduct during the raid,” John Zadrozny, deputy director of investigations at American First Legal, said in the statement.

Sealed affidavit

Last week, several organizations, including media and watchdogs, asked a judge handling the case to release the FBI search warrant and property receipt, which was unsealed by the court on August 12. . Now Republicans and Trump are calling for the release of the affidavit, which would give a better idea of ​​the rationale the feds used to obtain a warrant.

The Justice Department argued in a court filing on Monday that the affidavit, even in its redacted form, should not be made public. Release of the legal document, the agency’s attorneys said, would harm their investigation.

The affidavit allegedly contains “extremely important and detailed investigative facts” and its release would harm “an ongoing law enforcement investigation that involves national security.”

“If released, the affidavit will serve as a road map for the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a way that is highly likely to jeopardize future steps in the investigation. ‘investigation,’ the filing reads.

Nonetheless, U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart ordered a hearing Thursday afternoon on whether to release the affidavit.

Neither the FBI nor the Justice Department have specified the nature of the investigation in public statements, with only Attorney General Merrick Garland announcing at a press conference that he had personally approved the warrant application. FBI search.

Republicans and Trump’s team say the affidavit should be released, in part, because of the FBI’s unprecedented raid on a former president and a possible 2024 presidential candidate.

The Epoch Times has contacted the Justice Department and the FBI for comment.

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Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.

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