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Donald Trump, then president-elect, at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach, Fla., on Dec. 21, 2016. (Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post)

Today, a federal judge said he’s inclined to release parts of the affidavit central to the FBI search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida home following redactions by the Justice Department. At a hearing in Palm Beach, the judge told department officials to make the redactions by next week before the document’s possible release.

Earlier, a lawyer for the department said in court Thursday that its investigation involving classified materials taken to Trump’s home is “open and in its early stages,” as he argued that releasing the affidavit “would provide a road map and suggest next investigative steps we are about to take.” Multiple media organizations, including The Washington Post, argued to release the affidavit, citing a need for transparency.

President Biden remains on vacation Thursday in Delaware, with no public events scheduled. And Congress continues its August recess, with many members focused on their reelection bids.

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  • 10 a.m. Pacific time (1 p.m. Eastern): House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and technology leaders held an event in San Francisco to celebrate passage of the Chips and Science Act.
  • 1 p.m. Eastern: A federal magistrate judge in South Florida heard arguments related to the affidavit underpinning the search of Trump’s residence.

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