Recognizing the enormous stakes riding on an espionage investigation involving a former president, news organizations including The Palm Beach Post today will appear before a magistrate judge in West Palm Beach to push for the release of a document that would reveal why the U.S. Justice Department asked to search ex-President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach.
The 1 p.m. hearing at U.S. District court in West Palm Beach is open to the public. It will not be broadcast on TV or online.
Rules in federal courthouses are strict. No cell phones are allowed. Cameras are also prohibited. That’s why news organizations often hire sketch artists for high-profile trials.
It doesn't appear that Trump or his attorneys will attend the hearing.
Although Trump has used his social media platform, Truth Social, to demand that the affidavit be released, his lawyers haven't filed any motions so they could make the former president's request in court.
Trump, who summers at his home in Bedminster, N.J., wasn't at Mar-a-Lago when the estate was searched.
Mar-a-Lago, on Palm Beach, an exclusive island just off the Palm Beach County coast, is about nine miles from the courthouse.
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This article originally appeared on Palm Beach Post: Media to ask judge for more documents after search of Mar-a-Lago.