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Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he “personally approved” the FBI’s spectacular search of former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida. He denounced “baseless attacks” on his ministry and federal police following the raid, which angered Republicans.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Thursday that he “personally approved” the spectacular FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home, an unprecedented raid that angered the Republican camp.
During the exclusive press conference, Merrick Garland did not say anything about the reasons and results of this operation, but he, unusually, announced that he had asked for a search warrant to be made public. “I personally approved the decision to request a search warrant in this case,” he said in a short and rare television appearance. “The Department does not take this decision lightly,” he added, adding that it was approved by a federal judge.
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Emphasizing that “ethical obligations” prevented him from detailing the reasons for the raid, Merrick Garland said he asked a Florida judge to overrule the confidentiality of the warrant. Specifically, he stressed that Donald Trump had confirmed the search and that the case was of “important public interest” three months before the midterm legislative elections.
Donald Trump, who received a copy of the warrant but did not make it public, said in a statement on Thursday night that “not only will (he) not object to the release of the documents, but (that he) will move on.” ENCOURAGING their immediate publication.”
In asking for the confidentiality of the warrant to be rescinded, the Justice Department cited, without contradicting them, statements by Donald Trump’s representatives indicating that the FBI was looking for archived White House documents possibly classified as military secrets.
According to the Washington Post, during the search, FBI agents were looking for classified documents relating to nuclear security.
Republican supporters, although known to routinely show their support for law enforcement, heavily criticized the FBI after the raid. This prompted the Association of FBI Agents to qualify “calls for violence against the police” as “unacceptable”.
“Recent threats are helping to create a climate in which some accept or will accept violence against law enforcement, depending on the circumstances. This is not the case. This is not a partisan or political issue,” Brian O’Hara, president of the association, said in a press release.
The FBI carried out this unprecedented search by the former US president on Monday, August 8, at the luxurious residence of Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Angered, the 45th U.S. president wrote on his Truth Social on Thursday that his lawyers were “fully cooperating” with the authorities when “suddenly and without warning at 6:30 a.m., Mar-a-Lago was raided by a VERY large number of officers.” He also complained that the officers “searched the First Lady’s closets, searched her clothes and personal belongings”, leaving them in “relative disarray”.
The day before, he suggested that during this operation, the FBI could “plant” evidence against him. Never before has a former White House resident worried about justice so much.