Trump news – latest: Judge Bruce Reinhart tells DoJ to file redacted affidavit of FBI Mar-a-Lago raid warrant ahead of unsealing decision

Bannon calls Pence a ‘disgusting coward’ for FBI defense

A Florida judge has asked the Justice Department to file a redacted version of the FBI’s warrant affidavit for its search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property. Judge Bruce Reinhart says he is willing to partially release the document, as requested by the media. He will make a final decision next week after the redactions have been made.

The Justice Department denied requests to release the affidavit, warning it could “chill” future efforts to gain witness cooperation, and argued that the investigation was still in its early stages. Mr Trump said he was glad the affidavit was released.

Meanwhile, 18 members of the Trump administration have told CNN that Mr. Trump’s claim to have a “standing order” for declassification is completely false.

In New York, the Trump Organization’s longtime chief financial officer and close associate of Mr Trump Allen Weisselberg pleaded guilty to tax evasion charges as part of a plea deal. Mr. Weisselberg will serve five months in prison and five years of probation, in addition to agreeing to testify against the Trump Organization in a proceeding centered on the same alleged fraud scheme.


Judge ‘inclined’ to release partial affidavit of FBI Mar-a-Lago search warrant

The federal magistrate who authorized the search last week of former President Donald Trump’s home in Palm Beach, Florida, ordered the Justice Department to state which parts of the affidavit were used to obtain the search warrant must remain secret to protect ongoing criminal investigations.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Thursday gave federal prosecutors seven days to propose which parts of the affidavit — a sworn statement from a law enforcement officer explaining how and why the Justice Department came to believe that there was evidence of crimes at Mr Trump’s home – should be redacted before the public can be allowed to see it.

Andrew Feinberg has the story.


Giuliani says he ‘satisfied his obligation’ after testifying before Georgian jury

Former President Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said he “did his duty” by testifying before a special grand jury in Atlanta as part of an investigation into attempts to former president to cancel the 2020 presidential election.

Fani Willis, the district attorney for Fulton County, where Atlanta is located, is leading an investigation into Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results.


Former Trump aide pledged to release classified documents long before FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago

A Trump administration aide who remained within the ex-president’s inner circle after the events of January 6 and Mr. Trump’s exit from the White House days later was leading an effort to obtain documents through the through the National Archives months before the FBI raid to obtain classified documents from Mar-à-Lago.

John Bowden has the story.


Who is Allen Weisselberg, the man who could bring down Donald Trump?

In Michael Cohen’s testimony to members of Congress in 2019, one name came up more than 20 times.

Asked by House Democrats who else would have access to business or financial records that could implicate Donald Trump in a range of investigations, from his campaign’s ties to Russia to silent payments involving an adult movie star, his former attorney listed the names of several Trump insiders — starting with Allen Weisselberg.

The man at the center of criminal investigations and charges involving Mr Trump’s business, other than the former president whose name is inscribed in gold on his seat in Manhattan, is an anti-press accountant who chaired finance company for decades.

Alex Woodward profiles the man at the center of Trumpworld news today.


Trump Organization CFO Allen Weisselberg pleads guilty

Allen Weisselberg, longtime chief financial officer of former President Donald Trump’s eponymous real estate and hotel business, has pleaded guilty to 15 separate violations of New York tax laws.

The Trumpworld veteran, who earlier this week agreed to a plea deal that will see him sentenced to five months behind bars and five years probation, but will not require him to testify against his lifelong boss. But he will have to testify at the next trial of the two Trump companies which were indicted for tax evasion at the same time as him last summer.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest.


Bannon calls Pence a ‘disgusting coward’ for defending the FBI

Former Trump administration adviser Steve Bannon railed against former Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday after the latter defended the FBI from attacks and criticism in response to the FBI’s execution a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago.

Mr. Bannon made the remarks about his War Room: Pandemic podcast. On Wednesday, Mr Pence warned conservatives and told them not to attack the FBI.

Eric Garcia has the story.


Lindsay Graham appeals testimonial order

Senator Lindsey Graham has formally appealed a judge’s order requiring him to testify before a special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump and others unlawfully sought to undo his defeat. 2020 election in Georgia.


Poll finds half of Republicans say FBI acted irresponsibly after Mar-a-Lago raid

More than half of Republican voters sided with Donald Trump against the FBI following the search of his home in Palm Beach, Florida, last week, according to the results of a new poll released Thursday.

Andrew Feinberg reports on the results of the surveys.


ICYMI: Trump may release Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage from FBI research

Donald Trump may be considering releasing security camera footage of the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago residence after some of his allies pressured him to make it public, according to a new report.

Some aides and allies of the former president are encouraging him to feature the close-up footage of the raid in campaign-style ads, a person familiar with the conversations told CNN.

The CCTV footage was kept so tightly that it is believed the full footage was not seen by the former president himself, the source said.


ICYMI: Trump releases bizarre series of endorsements for Democrats

Donald Trump made a bizarre attempt to mock Democrats on Wednesday by sarcastically offering his support to political rivals who have led efforts to impeach him.

Making the surprise announcement on his Truth Social account, the former president said it was his “great honor to strongly support” attorney Dan Goldman and reps Carolyn Maloney and Jerry Nadler.

Shweta Sharma has the story.