A few individuals also filed requests that the search warrant documents be unsealed, but Reinhart pushed them aside and denied their motions outright by saying, “The interests asserted by the movants [the individuals] are adequately represented by the media-intervenors”.
The government was directed to file one response to all of the requestors, which it did on Monday of this week, 15 August. The parties seeking disclosure were to file replies to the Justice Department by 9:00 a.m. today. All of the media organizations filed one reply together, and Judicial Watch and The Florida Center for Government Accountability filed separate replies.
What usually happens in a situation like this is that at the conclusion of the hearing, the presiding magistrate or judge will say that the matter will be “taken under advisement”, and a written opinion and order will be issued in the future. Reinhart could deny the requests outright in open court this afternoon, but with all the large media companies saying they want the affidavit unsealed in whole or in part, he will probably be more circumspect and say he will issue a ruling later.
The hearing is to get underway right about now.