By rule, Donald Trump doesn’t have the search warrant affidavit. He’s in court today trying to get it unsealed so he can find out who cooperated against him. In its objection, the DOJ is specifically stating that unsealing the affidavit would “chill future cooperation” from other witnesses.
This is why the courts won’t unseal it. Trump is grasping at straws. But with this objection, by default the DOJ is confirming that it obtained this search warrant against Trump through the cooperation of one or more witnesses.
This doesn’t necessarily mean that someone in Donald Trump’s family or inner circle has flipped on him. This could be as mundane as a low level Mar-a-Lago employee having testified about seeing boxes go in and out. But given how far ahead of the game the DOJ seems to be with all of this, it’s no wonder Trump wishes he could get a look at that affidavit. So do we.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report