Congressman Merrick Garland’s remarks on Thursday regarding the FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago were swiftly criticized by congressional Republicans, who deemed the attorney general’s remarks to be insufficient and demanded that the Justice Department disclose more details regarding the historic raid even though Garland stated he wanted the search warrant to be made public.
GOP legislators, however, insisted that more details regarding the origins of the search were required given the gravity of the operation at a former president’s residence and rejected the Justice Department’s request to unseal portions of the warrant.
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, a close supporter of President Trump, tweeted that “the tremendous mistrust of the FBI and DOJ when it comes to all things Trump is the fundamental reason the Attorney General and FBI are being pressed to disclose why the search was necessary.”
“The search predicate is what I’m looking for. Was the evidence presented to the judge adequate and required to permit a raid on the former president’s home ninety days before the midterm elections?” Graham composed. “I am requesting, no, requiring that the DOJ and the FBI explain why this course of action was required. The suspicion will keep growing until something is done.”
Garland, who claimed during a brief press conference that he approved the search warrant for Trump’s Florida home in Palm Beach, came under fire from other Republicans.
“A search warrant was personally approved by Merrick Garland in order to eliminate Joe Biden’s main political rival. Political motivations are behind this witch hunt, “Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee tweeted.
“Under Obama, the FBI and DOJ were politicized, and this trend has persisted under Biden. In order to help the Democrats advance their own political goals and intimidate critics, the FBI has transformed into an attack dog “said Senator Ted Cruz of Texas.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia went even further.
She tweeted, “We must cut off funding to the FBI, destroy the DOJ, and purge the institutions of political persecution.
The most prominent Republican opponent of Donald Trump, Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney, posted on Twitter in the meantime: “When I heard members of my party question the honesty of the FBI agents participating in the most recent Mar-a-Lago search, I was humiliated. These disgusting remarks endanger the lives of loyal public employees.”
The response follows days of GOP demands that Garland release the search warrant and provide context on why it was conducted.
Garland stated on Thursday that the law was followed by the authorities and that obtaining the warrant was necessary for him to perform his duty.
“The foundational principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy is steadfast devotion to the law. Applying the law impartially and without bias is what it means to uphold the rule of law “explained he. “That is exactly what the Justice Department is doing under my watch,”
He said that a federal court had approved the search warrant after determining that there was sufficient probable cause. According to a court document from the Justice Department, a judge signed it on Friday.
A proposal to also unseal a redacted inventory of what was taken by agents at Mar-a-Lago is a part of the government’s latest petition to unseal certain portions of the warrant.
Trump “shall have an opportunity to reply to this Motion and raise objections, including with regard to any ‘legitimate privacy interests’ or the possibility for further ‘damage’ if these records are made public,” the prosecution argued in their filing.
Later, the trial judge commanded the government to speak with Trump’s lawyers and report by Friday afternoon on whether the former president will object to the ruling.
He is allegedly represented by attorneys in this case, but they have not responded to inquiries for comment.
Meanwhile, Democrats are urging for the publication of the search warrant, arguing that the Justice Department’s argument demonstrates there was no misconduct in the search.
“Reminder: Trump had full authority to publish this material at any time. He declined, “Rep. Jerold Nadler of New York tweeted. “The DOJ wants you to see it right now. AG Garland doesn’t appear to be hiding anything.”
Katherine Faulders from ABC News contributed to this story.
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