US Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Thursday announcement that the Justice Department has filed a request that the search warrant and property receipt from FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence be unsealed is a neat gambit.
Search warrants are generally kept under seal to protect the reputation of the person they apply to. But Trump himself broke news of the search, thereby shattering his own expectations of privacy, in order to orchestrate a political firestorm to discredit the investigation. And if Trump fought to keep the document sealed, he would look even more like he has something to hide.
“This is a pro move,” Phil Mudd, a former FBI
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