Laid-Back Trump Legal Team: 'See How It Will Play Out'; 'We'll Be Making That Decision As It Comes Out'

Susan Jones | August 19, 2022 | 6:43am EDT
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( - The Trump legal team did not file a motion of its own, nor did it join another motion arguing for the full release of the affidavit underlying the search warrant for Donald Trump's Palm Beach home.

Why not? Fox News's Laura Ingraham asked Trump attorney Christina Bobb Thursday night:

"We believed that Judicial Watch and some of the other parties actually had argued it quite well," Bobb responded, "and we believe it was very interesting and somewhat encouraging that you had parties from both sides of the aisle -- of course, liberal media outlets coupled with conservative watchdog groups really together on the same side.

"And so we were curious to see how that played out, of course, you know, reserving our rights to try something else in the future if we want to, but we really just chose to see how it will play out."

Bobb disagreed that the Trump team has now waived its right to dispute anticipated Justice Department redactions to the affidavit.

"We need to wait and see. I can't be certain at this point, because we haven't seen the affidavit and we certainly haven't seen the reductions and how it's going to play out, but, you know, we'll be making that decision as it comes out.

"You know, we gotta to see it," Bobb said. "We haven't seen it and it has been under seal, so I don't know. We can't say."

Bobb admitted that redactions to the affidavit are a "concern," given the Justice Department's desire to keep the entire affidavit sealed. "It is a concern, I think it's a fair concern, and something that we will have to deal with and figure out as it comes out and as we see what happens," she said.

The judge who approved the search warrant for the August 8 raid on Mar-a-Lago on Thursday told the Justice Department on Thursday he's inclined to release the underlying affidavit, but he's giving the Justice Department a week to get back to him with an explanation of any redactions they seek.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said he was "not prepared to find the affidavit should be fully sealed," saying, "there are portions of it that could, at least, presumptively be unsealed."

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