On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that a motion to unseal a search warrant and property receipt from the recent FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate had been filed by the Justice Department.
After Trump confirmed the search of his Florida mansion on Monday night, Garland made his first public statement on the matter by announcing the motion at a press conference.
Garland “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter,” and the department “does not take such a decision lightly,” he said, declining to answer questions or provide further details about the search.
According to Garland, “a federal court authorized the search warrant upon the required finding of probable cause.” “in addition to the fact that “copies of the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former president’s counsel, who was present during the search.”
Multiple sources have stated that the raid was connected to an inquiry into whether or not Trump mishandled classified information. May saw the beginning of an investigation by a federal grand jury into allegations that he had mishandled classified information by, among other things, transporting 15 boxes of files to a Florida resort.
Minutes before Trump posted his statement about the raid on his social media site Truth Social, Florida Politics broke the news that the FBI had executed a search warrant and left the premises on Monday.
According to Trump’s statement, “these are dark times for our Nation as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” He accused the government of “prosecutorial misconduct,” “the weaponization of the Justice System,” and a “attack by the Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024″ but offered no proof to back up his claims.”
On Thursday, Garland said that the federal court that issued the search warrant had found “probable cause.”
Trump’s anger, however, quickly resounded across the right, with Republican lawmakers and conservative commentators jumping to the former president’s defense, echoing his claims of persecution and calling for the FBI to be dismantled.
Some of the rhetoric surrounding the Mar-a-Lago raid quickly took a dark turn. Hours after Trump’s announcement of the raid, users on Twitter and other social media as well as more fringe platforms such as Gab and Telegram issued calls for civil war and vowed to take up arms.
The purpose of Garland’s press conference on Thursday was to respond to what he called “recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors.”
Garland said, “I will not remain silent when their integrity is unfairly attacked.” “All of the men and women who work for the FBI and the Department of Justice are hardworking, patriotic public servants. They keep us safe from criminals, terrorists, and other dangers every day, all while defending our constitutional rights. They do this despite the fact that it places them in grave danger.
The addition of “I am honored to work alongside them” was made by him.
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