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Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe argued in favor of releasing the underlying affidavit for the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago last week.
The Trump-era spy chief made the case Monday night during an appearance on Fox News, not going as far as former President Donald Trump’s call for the “completely unredacted” release of the affidavit, but rejecting an argument made by the Justice Department against unsealing it even with redactions.
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“It’s garbage to say that that information couldn’t be redacted so that the remainder of the affidavit that is so important to establishing probable cause is something that we can see,” Ratcliffe told host Laura Ingraham.
The DOJ said Monday, “The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly.”
They continued, “The government has carefully considered whether the affidavit can be released subject to redactions. The redactions necessary to mitigate harms to the integrity of the investigation would be so extensive as to render the remaining unsealed text devoid of meaningful content, and the release of such a redacted version would not serve any public interest.”
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Fallout from Mar-a-Lago raid reminds former Director of National Intelligence @JohnRatcliffe of “the Russiagate playbook used by the FBI and the Department of Justice where they’re using their authorities both as a sword and a shield.”
— Daniel Chaitin (@danielchaitin7) August 16, 2022
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