Republicans on Sunday stepped up calls for the release of an FBI affidavit showing the underlying rationale for their seizure of documents at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home.
A search warrant made public last week following the unprecedented search showed that Trump had 11 sets of classified documents in his home, and that the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible violations of the Espionage.
Republicans are calling for the more detailed information that convinced a federal judge to issue the search warrant, which may show the sources of the information and details about the nature of the documents and other classified information, be disclosed. Release of these affidavits is highly unusual and would require the approval of a federal judge.
“I think the release of the affidavit would help, at least confirm that there was a justification for this search,” Republican Sen. Mike Rounds said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
The Justice Department should “show that this wasn’t just a fishing expedition, that they had good cause to come in and do this, that they exhausted all other means,” Rounds said. “And if they can’t do that, then we have a serious problem on our hands.”
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Rep. Mike Turner, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said Sunday on CNN that the Joe Biden administration should provide more details about what led up to the raid.
“Congress is saying, ‘Show us. We want to know what the FBI told you. What did they find?'” Turner said.
Democrat Adam Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, did not address the issue of the affidavit on Sunday.
He said it is “very troubling” that Trump continued to hold onto the classified documents after the Justice Department asked for their return. “It appears to be intentional on the president’s part to withhold these documents after the government requested them back,” he told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”