Adam Schiff warns about potential consequences of unsealing Mar-a-Lago search affidavit, saying it could give Trump’s lawyers a ‘road map’ to derail the investigation

Police presence outside Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida.
Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN unsealing the Mar-a-Lago search affidavit could benefit Trump’s defense.
The information could give “Trump lawyers a road map into how to intimidate witnesses,” Schiff said.
An ex-DOJ official told CBS keeping the details sealed protects the integrity of the investigation.

Amid calls for the Department of Justice to unseal the affidavit that laid out the rationale to search Mar-a-Lago earlier this month, some officials have cautioned that revealing too much information about the ongoing legal proceedings could damage the investigation and benefit former President Donald Trump’s defense. 

In a Sunday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Rep. Adam Schiff said there is significant “public interest” in a copy of the affidavit being released, but that an unredacted version could put sources of information “at risk” for retaliation by the former president.

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