Trump Calls For Release Of Mar-A-Lago Search Warrant
Former President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he encourages the release of the search warrant that was used in giving the FBI access to his Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday evening.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents,” the former President wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social.
“Even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years,” he added.
Trump’s comments came in response to Attorney General Merrick Garland‘s Thursday afternoon press conference in which he announced that the Justice Department had asked a federal judge to unseal the search warrant. If released, it will list the items taken from the home as well as expand on the crimes Trump allegedly committed.
Garland noted that he sought to make the warrant public “in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter.”
The Justice Department’s request to unseal the documents is highly unusual as documents, like search warrants, do not usually become public until after the investigation has been closed.
The FBI executed a search warrant as a part of the Justice Department’s investigation into whether or not Trump illegally moved classified White House documents to his Palm Beach, Florida, estate rather than turning them into the National Archives at the end of his term as is required under the Presidential Records Act.