Washington — U.S. Justice The department should consider releasing at least some of the evidence it used to justify a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home last week, says Trump's former national security adviser John. Bolton said Wednesday.
In an interview with Reuters, Bolton said the affidavit he used to convince a judge that the FBI had good reason to search Trump's home. He said he agreed with the Department of Justice's (DOJ) concerns about the release of the documents. Resort for sensitive materials.
But he said the department's usual policy of remaining silent about pending investigations may not work in this politically tense environment.
"Probably shouldn't be released and I think the DOJ is right. I think Bolton knows in an interview with Reuters that Trump doesn't really want it public.
``Justice is very reluctant to do it for the right reasons, but given the political firestorm they face, they have to be more creative here. I think.”
FBI agents recovered 11 sets of classified materials from Trump's home on August 8. This is an unusual move, according to search warrants and property receipts that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland asked the court to disclose last week.
Bolton argued in federal court in West Palm Beach, Fla., that the media's claim that the Department of Justice wanted to release additional sealed records was filed against federal security. Judge Bruce He said the day before Judge Reinhart was to hear. to a warrant containing an affidavit.
The Department of Justice said it contains highly sensitive material that could discourage witness cooperation and provides a "roadmap" for ongoing investigations. It is expected to actively oppose even the publication of an edited version.
Bolton said Trump had a knack for collecting large amounts of paper and he remembered seeing it "pile up" in the White House dining room. From his 2018 he served as President Trump's National Security Advisor until 2019.
President Trump also received several letters from North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Mr. Bolton was later able, through proper screening, to obtain, screen, and secure the letter, but not several other letters received. I'm not sure about the other letters," Bolton recalls. "He kept them in files in his secretary's office...and I know he showed them to people."
FBI raids in Mar-a-Lago Since then, Trump has repeatedly accused the FBI of alleging, without evidence, that a partisan witch hunt against him was the motive.
Bolton dismissed this claim, saying he had no grounds to support it.
"There is no evidence of partisan motives here," he said. "I think everyone should be calm and move through the process, whether they are Trump supporters or anti-Trump opponents." (Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch, Editing by Scott Malone and Josie Kao)