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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories
Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart indicated yesterday he is inclined to release at least part of the affidavit explaining the basis for the FBI’s recent search of Mar-a-Lago, ordering the Justice Department to propose redactions to the document by next Thursday. Jay Bratt, the DOJ’s top counterintelligence official, argued releasing the affidavit could compromise the agency’s investigation—which he said was “in its early stages”—by jeopardizing witnesses and revealing a “roadmap” of future steps.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Wednesday the United States and Taiwan will begin negotiations on a bilateral trade and investment initiative in the coming weeks that will focus on labor, environmental, and anti-corruption standards, agriculture and digital trade, and—in a not-so-subtle reference to China—“distortive practices of state-owned enterprises and non-market policies and practices.” A Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman condemned the news, arguing it would send the wrong signal to “Taiwan independence separatist forces.”