By Ind Job Info Team
The DOJ issued a heavily redacted document used to justify the August 8 search of former President Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago.
Judge Bruce Reinhart unsealed the affidavit hours after the DOJ proposed redactions to protect witnesses from intimidation or retribution.
Trump and his aides want the complete affidavit before the decision.
The former president sued the DOJ on Monday to have confiscated files reviewed by a special master.
The operation was predicated on a tip from an informant who knew what records Trump kept, sources told Newsweek.
The agency revealed it had information from a "wide variety of civilian witnesses" whose identities needed to be shielded because they may face reprisal, intimidation, or harassment from Mr. Trump's followers, including threats to their lives or safety.
"Publicly recognised FBI agents have received threats of violence from the public."