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Biden's justice department must respond to motions to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant: judge

The FBI did not hand over a copy of the warrant to a Trump lawyer during the raid, according to comments made by Eric Trump in an interview.

Roberto Wakerell-Cruz Montreal QC

Biden's Department of Justice was ordered to respond to motions to unseal the warrant that was used to raid former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday. The Daily Mail reports that the FBI did not hand over a copy of the warrant to a Trump lawyer during the raid, according to comments made by Eric Trump in an interview.

FBI director Christopher Wray has not addressed questions around the warrant, instead condemned threats made against agents after the raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home on Monday.

"While agents would typically provide people with a copy of their warrant, Eric claimed they would not hand over the document and only would show a copy to lawyer Christina Bobb from 10 feet away," Daily Mail reports. Eric also said that staff were asked to turn off cameras in the building, but refused.

"They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras," he said in a phone interview.

"They would not give her the search warrant," he said. "So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant."

Epstein-linked Judge Bruce Reinhart, who allegedly green-lit the search, said that the DOJ must file a response to motions to unseal the document by Monday. Motions were made by the Albany Times Union and conservative group Judicial Watch.

The DOJ's response may be redacted "as necessary to avoid disclosing matters already under seal," said Reinhart.

Reinhart has also been found to be linked to former President Obama, having donated to his campaign in 2008 and again to his Victory Fund, totalling $2,000.

Wray's comments were made after a press conference at the FBI's field office in Omaha, Nebraska, during which he gave remarks on cybersecurity. He refused to comment or answer on any questions on why federal agents spent hours searching the Mar-a-Lago resort.

Wray claimed that threatening comments were made towards himself and other law enforcement officials following the raid, reports Axios.

"I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement," Wray said on Wednesday. "Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with."

Wray called the comments "deplorable and dangerous."

Former President Trump has since suggested that agents could have planted evidence in the building, since the raid was conducted while he was not present.

"The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago," Trump posted to his social media platform Truth Social.

"Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting,'" he said. "Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never 'raided,' despite big disputes!"

The raid was based on the belief that Trump did not returned all documents upon exiting the White House, which are deemed government property under the Presidential Records Act.

Federal authorities had reportedly grown increasingly concerned in the months leading up to the raid, following the returning of materials to the National Archives around seven months ago, that Trump and his team may have held onto key records.

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