Former President Donald Trump reacted to the release on Friday of a heavily redacted affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for his Mar-a-Lago estate earlier this month with serious anger.
Trump railed against the search and the redacted affidavit in a post on Truth Social, his social media platform, specifically criticizing the judge who signed the document.
He also stated that there was no mention of “nuclear,” which appears to be a reference to reports that the search was related to nuclear weapons documents, though there may have been some mention of this in the redacted portions of the document.
Trump wrote, “Affidavit heavily redacted!!! Nothing mentioned on ‘Nuclear,’ a total public relations subterfuge by the FBI & DOJ, or our close working relationship regarding document turnover – WE GAVE THEM MUCH.”
The former President added, “Judge Bruce Reinhart should NEVER have allowed the Break-In of my home. He recused himself two months ago from one of my cases based on his animosity and hatred of your favorite President, me. What changed? Why hasn’t he recused himself on this case? Obama must be very proud of him right now!”
The search warrant was approved by U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who unverified reports claim has since received a barrage of death threats from Trump supporters.
Despite publicly calling for the release of the affidavit in previous weeks, Trump’s lawyers made no corresponding legal moves to do so.
Conservative attorney George Conway predicted on CNN on Friday that Trump’s legal team would have a difficult time defending the allegations contained in the affidavit itself.
“All this affidavit can do is to add more heft and more substance to what we already know about Trump having stolen these documents, which is pretty damning. They didn’t actually stand up in court and ask for it because they know that if the whole thing were released, it could contain a damning narrative,” he said.