Republicans Demand Public Release of Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant

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Republicans have stepped up demand for the public release of the search warrant the FBI used to raid former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

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Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported that the FBI executed its search warrant after "federal authorities grew increasingly concerned that Trump or his lawyers and aides had not, in fact, returned all the documents and other material that were government property, according to people familiar with the discussions."

Trump -- a divisive figure even before the now-infamous January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol -- has unsurprisingly weighed in, indicating that he hopes the Bureau didn't "plant evidence" during their search.

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Now, per Reuters, Capitol Hill Republicans are calling for unusual action to be taken by authorities:

Republicans are calling for the disclosure of more detailed information that persuaded a federal judge to issue the search warrant, which may show sources of information and details about the nature of the documents and other classified information. The unsealing of such affidavits is highly unusual and would require approval from a federal judge.

Senator Mike Rounds (R-SD) told NBC's Meet the Press, "I think releasing the affidavit would help, at least that would confirm that there was justification for this raid."

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Reuters noted that the Department of Justice did not respond to their request for comment on the matter.

Amid this ongoing situation, The DC Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled -- 3 to 0 -- that the United States House of Representatives can obtain former President Trump's tax records from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

CNN reported:

A federal appeals court on Tuesday [August 9] signed off on a House Ways and Means Committee request to obtain former President Donald Trump's tax returns from the Internal Revenue Service.

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It is worth noting, however, that recent appellate court ruling does not indicate with certainty that Congress will obtain Trump's IRS records.

The New York Times pointed out:

Mr. Trump’s legal team has vowed to fight the congressional effort “tooth and nail,” and he is virtually certain to appeal to the Supreme Court. If at least four justices on the court vote to take any such appeal, that would effectively shield Mr. Trump from a final judgment until next year.

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In addition to Trump's personal legal battle, the Trump Organization is facing a tax fraud trial that is set to officially begin on October 24, 2022 in New York.

What do you think about Republicans demanding the public release of the FBI's search warrant?

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