During a rare press conference, Mr. Garland did not reveal anything about the reasons and results of this operation, but, very unusually, he announced that he had requested that the search warrant be made public.
“I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this case.”said Mr. Garland during a brief television intervention, in which he also denounced “baseless attacks” Republicans against your Department of Justice and the FBI.
“The ministry does not take these types of decisions lightly”he noted, adding that it had been validated by a federal judge.
Emphasizing “ethical obligations” that prevented him from detailing the reasons for the search, Garland said he asked a Florida judge to lift the order’s confidentiality. In particular, he stressed that Donald Trump confirmed this search and that the case is of “important public interest”, three months before the mid-term legislative elections.
Trump, who had received a copy of the order but did not make it public, said in a statement overnight from Thursday to Friday that “not only would (he) not oppose the release of the documents but (he) would go further there PROMOTING its immediate publication”.
Does the federal police search have to do with the many boxes that Donald Trump took with him when he left the White House in January 2021? Is it related to the investigation into his responsibility for the assault on the Capitol? Is it rather the investigations in New York for financial and tax fraud against him, his children Ivanka and Donald Jr and the Trump Organization?
In requesting the secrecy of the warrant, the Justice Department cited, but did not contradict, statements by Trump officials that the FBI was seeking White House filings, possibly classified as defense secrets.
According to the Washington Post on Thursday night, some of the documents sought relate to nuclear weapons.
This unprecedented FBI search of the home of a former US president took place Monday at Donald Trump’s lavish residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida.
Outraged, the 45th US president told his Truth Social network that his lawyers were “fully” cooperating with authorities on Monday when “suddenly and without warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 a.m. am, by a VERY large number of agents.”
He complained that FBI agents had “I searched the closets of the First Lady (Melania) and went through her clothes and personal effects.”
On Wednesday, the billionaire had even suggested that the FBI could have “planted” evidence against him during this operation.
Never has a former White House tenant cared for justice in this way.
Republican sympathizers, while known to be supportive of law enforcement, have been vocal critics of the FBI.
The Association of Federal Police Agents qualified the “appels to violence against the police” as “unacceptable” and the director of the FBI, Christopher Wray, described the “informed attacks” who “know the respect of the Rule of law”. On Thursday, a gunman who tried to break into an FBI office in Ohio was killed by police after a lengthy confrontation.
Following the search, Republican tenors joined forces with their former president, who did not concede his 2020 loss to Democrat Joe Biden and plans to run again in 2024.
Former Vice President Mike Pence, himself a potential two-year rival to Donald Trump, expressed “deep concern” after the FBI raid.
The Republican businessman also underwent a sworn hearing at the office of New York Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday.
But over four hours, he invoked his right not to answer questions under the 5th Amendment to the US Constitution more than 440 times, according to NBC and the Washington Post.
The highest magistrate in the state of New York has been investigating since 2019 for suspected financial and tax fraud within the Trump Organization family group.
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