UPDATE 2-U.S. Justice Dept opposes revealing evidence supporting search of Trump's home

(Updates with background, details from the submission)
By Sarah N Lynch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday it opposed the unsealing of the affidavit prosecutors used to seek authorization from a federal judge to search former President Donald Trump's home in Florida, where they seized classified documents.
"If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap for the government's ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course in a way that is likely to jeopardize future investigative steps," prosecutors wrote in their filing.
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Trump's Republican allies have in recent days stepped up calls for Attorney General Merrick Garland to unseal the document, which would reveal evidence prosecutors presented to show they had probable cause to believe crimes were being committed in Trump's home were - the standard they had to meet in order to obtain the search warrant.
On Friday, a federal court in South Florida, at the request of the Justice Department, unsealed the search warrant and several accompanying legal documents that show FBI agents carted away 11 sets of classified records from Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.
Some of the confiscated recordings were marked "top secret" — the highest level of classification reserved for the US's most closely held national security information.
Such documents are usually kept in special government facilities because disclosure could endanger national security
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The Justice Department on Monday cited this as another reason for keeping the affidavit under wraps, saying the investigation related to "highly classified materials."
The agency said it would not oppose the release of other sealed documents linked to the search, such as cover sheets and the government's request for sealing.
The warrant released on Friday showed the Justice Department is investigating violations of three laws, including a provision in the Espionage Act prohibiting possession of national defense information and another law making it a crime to knowingly destroy, conceal, records or to falsify intent to obstruct an investigation.
Trump has since claimed without evidence that he had a standing order to declassify any materials found in his home.
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Garland's decision to unseal the warrant was highly unusual given the Justice Department's policy of not commenting on ongoing investigations.
On the same day that Garland announced his decision to lift the warrant, a right-wing gunman attempted to break into an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio.
He was later shot dead by police after a chase.
Prosecutors on Monday cited the recent violence and escalating threats against the FBI as another reason not to release the affidavit.
"Information about witnesses is particularly sensitive given the high profile of this matter and the risk that disclosure of witness identities would affect their willingness to cooperate in the investigation," they wrote.
(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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