Officials Set To Make Public Sealed Donald Trump Search Warrant. A sealed warrant describing the unusual search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence, which sparked charges of political persecution from the former president and his supporters, was about to be made public by US justice officials on Friday.
Even though he has had a copy of the search warrant for days and could have published its contents earlier, 76-year-old Trump backed its release.
One report claimed that some of the files Trump may have removed from the White House connected to nuclear weapons, and it was assumed that this was the focus of the search on Monday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, the nation’s top law enforcement official, announced the highly rare decision to unseal the search warrant and the receipt specifying the goods confiscated by FBI agents. He claimed to have “personally approved” the dramatic raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Largo resort estate.
Officials Set To Make Public Sealed Donald Trump Search Warrant. The former Republican president and his legal counsel have until Friday at 3 p.m. (1900 GMT) to decide whether to contest Garland’s court request. Trump, though, said he was actively pushing making them public in nocturnal social media posts.
He condemned the raid on his home as a “political weaponization of law enforcement” and demanded that the records be released immediately on his Truth Social platform.
Former Justice Department employee Andrew Weissmann claimed that Garland had “called Trump’s bluff” by placing the onus on the outgoing president to protest to or approve the release of the document.
The Justice Department’s move to unseal the warrant cited assertions made by Trump’s counsel that the FBI was looking for presidential documents and perhaps sensitive information, but did not contest them.
The investigation, according to US media, was in connection with possible handling errors involving secret materials brought to Mar-a-Lago after Trump departed the White House in January 2021.
According to The Washington Post on Thursday, which cited unnamed sources familiar with the inquiry, FBI investigators searched for nuclear weapons-related classified information among other documents during the raid.
Trump himself appeared to dispute the assertion, writing on Twitter that the “nuclear weapons issue is a fiction” and that the FBI may have been “placing information” at his house.
The FBI raid generated a political uproar in a nation that is already sharply divided, and it comes as Trump considers running for president again in 2024.
In a statement released on Thursday, Trump claimed that his attorneys had “cooperated fully” and that “if we had it, the government could have whatever they wanted.”
Trump has received support from prominent Republicans, and other Republicans have fiercely criticized the Justice Department and FBI, accusing them of partisanship in their pursuit of the former president.
“Unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors” were blasted by Garland.
An armed man attempted to storm an FBI office in Cincinnati, Ohio, hours before Garland’s statements, in what appeared to be a direct retaliation to the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago.
Ricky Shiffer was the assailant who was killed by police after gunshots erupted following a protracted confrontation.
According to the New York Times, a user posting under that account on Truth Social remarked, “I attempted attacking the FBI,” and expressed his desire for his acts to act as a “call to arms.”
Garland made a point to stress that the law was being applied equitably to Trump. Normally, the Justice Department does not confirm or deny whether it is investigating someone.
The Justice Department and our democracy are founded on the concept of faithful obedience to the law, he declared. “The rule of law” is the fair and impartial application of the law.
Trump is being investigated for his business operations as well as for trying to rig the election results and the attack on the White House on January 6, 2021.