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Atty Gen. Merrick Garland Talking About Trump’s House Raid

Since ex-president Donald Trump’s residence as his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida was raided on Monday, Trump and his supporters have lobbed accusations that the FBI and Justice Department weren’t being transparent about the raid. The talking points that the FBI might have planted evidence—of what, who knows—and that Attorney General Merrick Garland should go public about what he knew about the raid have been all over Fox News and Trump’s…

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Since the FBI and Justice Department raided former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Monday, Trump and his supporters have claimed that the government agencies weren’t being forthright about the operation. Fox News and Trump’s /propaganda organ/ social media outlet, Truth Social, have been spreading the narrative that the FBI may have planted evidence (of what, nobody knows) and that Attorney General Merrick Garland should go public about what he knew about the raid.

Trumpworld’s argument about transparency seemed farcical on its face, given that Trump and his supporters have essentially abandoned their once-undying support of all things law enforcement since the Jan. 6th capitol riots. A copy of the executed warrant and an accounting of any items removed were provided to Trump or his representatives. To rephrase, if Trump thought it was so important for the public to know, he could have easily let the world know what the FBI was investigating and what they took.

Garland announced on Thursday afternoon that he would handle the situation by himself. Garland announced at a news conference that he would ask a federal judge in Florida to unseal the search warrant used in the Mar-a-Lago raid and the receipt for the materials that were taken, an almost unprecedented move for a sitting attorney general regarding an ongoing investigation. While this won’t solve the problem entirely, as the release of the warrant won’t include the affidavit filed with the judge to establish probable cause for the search, it will likely silence Trump and his minions in their complaints about the lack of transparency surrounding the investigation.

Garland also stated that he was in agreement with the decision to seek a search warrant and that he did so on the basis of a belief that probable cause existed. He said that under normal circumstances he wouldn’t comment on such a case, but that Trump’s confirmation of the warrant and raid to the media on Monday and subsequent public complaints about it had made the case public knowledge.

Furthermore, Garland disproved Trump’s claims that the FBI agents who conducted the raid did so out of partisan animus.

In his televised comments, he said, “I will not stand by silently when their integrity is attacked.”

The FBI reportedly conducted a search of Trump Tower on Monday afternoon in an attempt to recover any classified documents that Trump may have illegally retained after leaving the White House in January 2021.