Finally Friday Reads: Warrant Watch Live Blog

Georges Rouault, The Three Judges,1958

Good Day Sky Dancers!

Most media today are waiting for the redacted version of the warrant allowing the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago for stolen public documents to be released.  The former guy has been having a verbal fit on the only platform left for him to do so.  That would be ‘Truth (sic) Social.’  Hugo Lowell–Congressional Reporter for The Guardian–just tweeted, “Huh a new sealed entry just hit the Trump Mar-a-Lago docket as we wait for the redacted DOJ affidavit.”  This should be an interesting Friday.

The New York Times continues to break news on how involved the former guy was with stealing national documents, including sensitive and top secret information.  It looks to be a long-term project of his.  It’s funny how he never showed much interest in the NSA briefings but seems to have hoarded much of their information over time.  This is reported by Zach Montague and Lauren McCarthy. This link updates stories as we receive news on the warrant and other related issues. You may have to move to the middle of the reports by the Times’ reporters to get to this story.

Former President Donald J. Trump’s dealings with the National Archives, as well as efforts by lawmakers and Justice Department officials to reclaim a variety of sensitive documents from him, began with the day he left office.


Jan. 20: Mr. Trump left the White House on the morning of Inauguration Day. The National Archives later said that at the end of the Trump administration it had received a collection of White House documents, many of which had been torn up and taped back together, and some of which were handed over in scraps.

Talks between the National Archives and Mr. Trump’s lawyers over material he took with him would take place over the next year.

Nearly all the reporters on this story are updating the live thread as the day progresses.  This is from one of my favorites who reminds us that we’re basically in uncharted legal territory.

Katie BennerAug. 26, 2022, 11:02 a.m. ET1 hour ago

Katie Benner

It is very unusual for the Justice Department to reveal any part of an affidavit to the public. Generally speaking, affidavits for searches can be important evidence in trials, and the government rarely shares them outside of such a proceeding.

And we just got it!

Let’s look at the ABC report first, and then I’ll excerpt some tweets from others reading the redacted affidavit. I hate this aerial shot of Mar-a-Lago.  It looks like the douche I saw in our famous Rome Hotel room.  My mother had to explain the workings to us, and I remember finding it all quite gross.  I remember, though, that 15-year-olds find most things gross. Here’s the link to the document,

The Justice Department on Friday made public the redacted affidavit that supported the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

After reviewing the DOJ’s proposed redactions Thursday, a magistrate judge had ordered the redacted affidavit filed in the public docket by noon Friday.

A coalition of news organizations, including ABC News, had argued that the release was in the public interest.

So, consider this a live blog.  We can continue to post down in the chat area.  I’ll update this when I get a more complete story.

What’s on your reading and blogging list today?




28 Comments on “Finally Friday Reads: Warrant Watch Live Blog”

  1. dakinikat says:

    Here’s a good summary:

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    This includes signals intelligence (intercepted foreign data) and Hummint (Human Intelligence) that likely could put the person providing the intelligence in deep danger. This could be just one person in a room with a leader, so identification of said person would be easy.

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  8. bostonboomer says:

    Thanks for the roundup! I’ve been glued to MSNBC while obsessively scrolling through Twitter for hours

  9. Beata says:

    Thanks for all the info and updates! I’m not able to follow the news the way I used to so this is very helpful. Love you, Dak! I hope you are feeling much better.

    • dakinikat says:

      Love you too Beata! It’s up and down. The crazy thing is I go to bed thinking it’s over and wake up itching all over. Really need to identify what did this to me but I think it’s outside and I get back into it when I’m out there.

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    And in related news:

  12. Pat Johnson says:

    The analysts, for perhaps very good reason, are dancing around Trump’s motive for taking these sensitive documents.

    But it seems clear to me he took them for trading, bribing, selling them to the highest bidder at the risk of destabilizing the world.

    The man is a monster! He is a liar, thief and traitor for starters. He saw an opportunity to enrich himself and he took it. The damage may be overwhelming the he has already leveraged them as we speak.

    Jesus Christ call it for what it is! Treachery in the hands of a madman!

    • dakinikat says:

      They’re sure floating around the “he’s a packrat” hypothesis atm.

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    #Dark Brandon

  15. dakinikat says:

    No kidding!

  16. Pat Johnson says:

    I wish someone would just clap those handcuffs on him now and be done with it.

    Something tells me the intelligence community is well aware of how much Trump has made use of these documents already which accounts for how they knew what was missing since the beginning.

  17. dakinikat says:

    Okay, so do you think this is a coincidence, given Trump was absconding with HUMINT during the same period?