Daniel R. Alonso quoted in Insider article, “Trump has fought document subpoenas for 3 years. So why didn't the Manhattan DA just get a search warrant?”
InsiderDaniel R. Alonso
The Insider article, “Trump has fought document subpoenas for 3 years. So why didn't the Manhattan DA just get a search warrant?” examined the ongoing investigations into the former president’s business affairs and his ability to avoid providing requested documents, raising the question of why a search warrant was never obtained.
Alonso, who was a former chief assistant DA in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, noted, that a search warrant is “a fantastic tool when an investigation has been covert up until that moment.” But obtaining a search warrant “takes a ton of resources, and you can be challenged if you are wrong about probable cause or if you seize a document that's beyond the scope of the warrant.”
He also added: “Now, it's late in the game. Without suggesting anything untoward, if there was smoking gun physical documents it's less likely that they're still there” three years later.