MSN - AP World http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a MSN - AP World Copyright © 2010-2018 The Canadian Press. All rights reserved. http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification Sat, 10 Dec 2022 06:26:32 +0000 Trump-FBI court battle shifts to sealed affidavit http://syn2.thecanadianpress.com:8080/mrss/feed/fcf7391a2f354311807f0501c16bde6a/30eec7113894431b812a1dcd72b56077 The Justice Department is rebuffing an effort to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, where FBI agents seized 11 sets of classified documents earlier this month. (Aug. 16) (AP video: Nathan Ellgren) 30eec7113894431b812a1dcd72b56077 Tue, 16 Aug 2022 21:35:50 +0000 SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSPalm Beach, Florida - 8 August 20221. STILL of Armed Secret Service agents standing outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estateASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 16 August 20222. Mid of AP Reporter Mike Balsamo working at his desk++PARTIALLY COVERED++3. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Balsamo, Associated Press, Justice Department Reporter:"I'm Mike Balsamo. I'm the lead Justice Department reporter for the Associated Press. There's an ongoing court battle now over documentation related to the search of former President Donald Trump's estate, Mar-a-Lago in Florida. The Justice Department had... asked the court to unseal specific documents related to their search of Mar-a-Lago. That happened earlier this month, though the Justice Department wanted to keep secret the affidavit that supports that warrant. The reason that the FBI sets out that it has probable cause that the former president may have committed multiple federal crimes, including violations of the Espionage Act."ASSOCIATED PRESSPalm Beach, Florida - 10 August 20224. Aerial view, pan of former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate ++MUTE++ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 7 July 20225. Various of people walking by the Department of Justice buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 16 August 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++6. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Balsamo, Associated Press, Justice Department Reporter:"The Justice Department made a court filing in which they argue that unsealing that record, the affidavit, would unduly compromise their investigation. They say that that document specifically contains very sensitive information about witnesses who have been interviewed already by the government. And for the first time, the government seemed to acknowledge that this investigation implicates highly sensitive classified records."ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 7 July 20227. Mid of American flags outside the Department of Justice buildingASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 16 August 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++8. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Balsamo, Associated Press, Justice Department Reporter:"The government alleges that there is no way in which they can release even portions of that affidavit. They say redacting it would mean that there would basically be nothing left on the page. However, news organizations are still forging forward. A judge has set a hearing for Thursday in southern Florida to hear from both the news organizations and the Justice Department about whether or not additional records should be released."ASSOCIATED PRESSWest Palm Beach, Florida - 12 August 20229. STILL: Wide of Paul G. Rogers Federal Courthouse in West Palm Beach, Fla. where a federal judge grants the Department of Justice's request to unseal the warrant that authorized the FBI to search former President Donald Trump's Florida estate.ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 16 August 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++10. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Balsamo, Associated Press, Justice Department Reporter:"They don't oppose releasing, for example, the cover sheet that's attached to the warrant, in addition to the Justice Department's motion, they ask the court to keep the records sealed and the reason behind their request to keep those secret, along with the judge's order that did, in fact, seal those documents. So the Justice Department says that they believe those records should now be made public."ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 12 August 202211. "Search and Seizure warrant " document for the property that was seized during the execution of a search warrant by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida.12. "Receipt for Property" document that was seized during the execution of a search warrant by the FBI at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate13. Tilt-down of receipt starting with the "Description of Items" listASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 10 August 202214. STILL Former President Donald Trump gestures as he departs Trump TowerASSOCIATED PRESSWashington, DC - 16 August 2022++PARTIALLY COVERED++15. SOUNDBITE (English) Mike Balsamo, Associated Press, Justice Department Reporter:"It's still not clear whether the Justice Department chose to execute this search warrant just to retrieve the classified records because they are government property or whether this is part of a kind of wider investigation into the former president. What we do know though from court filings is that the Justice Department says this is an ongoing investigation and that releasing additional details would compromise their investigation as they move forward and could potentially chill other witnesses from coming forward or present threats to witnesses who already have come forward and are cooperating with the government."US NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 11 August 202216. Attorney General Merrick Garland walks into Justice Department briefing room17. SOUNDBITE (English) Merrick Garland, Attorney General:"Good afternoon. Since I became attorney general, I have made clear..."STORYLINE:The Justice Department on Monday rebuffed efforts to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump's estate in Florida, saying the investigation "implicates highly classified material" and the document contains sensitive information about witnesses.The government's opposition came in response to court filings by several news organizations, including The Associated Press, seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit the Justice Department submitted when it asked for the warrant to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month.Trump, in a Truth Social post early Tuesday, called for the release of the unredacted affidavit in the interest of transparency.The court filing — from Juan Antonio Gonzalez, the U.S. attorney in Miami, and Jay Bratt, a top Justice Department national security official — argues that making the affidavit public would "cause significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation."  The document, the prosecutors say, details "highly sensitive information about witnesses," including people who have been interviewed by the government, and contains confidential grand jury information.  The government told a federal magistrate judge that prosecutors believe some additional records, including the cover sheet for the warrant and the government's request to seal the documents, should now be made public.  A property receipt unsealed Friday showed the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, with some not only marked top secret but also "sensitive compartmented information," a special category meant to protect the nation's most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause "exceptionally grave" damage to U.S. interests. The court records did not provide specific details about information the documents might contain.The Justice Department acknowledged Monday that its ongoing criminal investigation "implicates highly classified material."  The search warrant, also unsealed Friday, said federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs gathering, transmitting or losing defense information under the Espionage Act. The other statutes address the concealment, mutilation or removal of records and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations.The Mar-a-Lago search warrant, carried out last Monday, was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House records recovered from Trump's home earlier this year. The National Archives had asked the department to investigate after saying 15 boxes of records it retrieved from the estate included classified records.It remains unclear whether the Justice Department moved forward with the warrant simply as a means to retrieve the records or as part of a wider criminal investigation or an attempt to prosecute the former president. Multiple federal laws govern the handling of classified information, with both criminal and civil penalties, as well as presidential records.But the Justice Department, in its filing Monday, argued that its investigation is active and ongoing and that releasing additional information could not only compromise the probe but also subject witnesses to threats or deter others from coming forward to cooperate with prosecutors.===========================================================Clients are reminded: (i) to check the terms of their licence agreements for use of content outside news programming and that further advice and assistance can be obtained from the AP Archive on: Tel +44 (0) 20 7482 7482 Email: info@aparchive.com(ii) they should check with the applicable collecting society in their Territory regarding the clearance of any sound recording or performance included within the AP Television News service (iii) they have editorial responsibility for the use of all and any content included within the AP Television News service and for libel, privacy, compliance and third party rights applicable to their Territory. The Justice Department is rebuffing an effort to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s estate in Florida, where FBI agents seized 11 sets of classified documents earlier this month. (Aug. 16) (AP video: Nathan Ellgren) Trump-FBI court battle shifts to sealed affidavit