Donald Trump and his aides spent days pounding the Justice Department to execute a search warrant at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago property, driving supporters into frenzy.
Then on Thursday, the Justice Department responded to the deluge with a simple OK. Then just before midnight, Trump who has a copy of the search warrant from Monday.
He too has backed the release, but said it is likely to release by Friday. Not only will I not oppose the release of documents relating to un-American, inappropriate, and unnecessary raids and sabotage at my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago.
The impending release of the search warrant, as well as a revised receipt that may provide some insight into the items seized by FBI agents during the search, could provide insight into the potential crimes that the Justice Department is investigating related to the handling of classified information.
Late Thursday, The New York Times and The Washington Post reported that some of the documents sought by investigators were related to the nuclear and special access program, which deals with the government’s most highly classified materials.
Trump’s attorney, Christina Bob, confirmed to Fox News Thursday night that the former president’s legal team has a list listing from the search. However, Trump had the option of issuing a search warrant from Monday.
Although the department generally closely guards search warrants, especially in cases that have not yet been charged, top DOJ officials said the public features of the FBI search by Trump and his attorneys should be kept in view of confidentiality. Must be protected as matter.
The DOJ cited Bob’s comments to the press to describe the focus of the search as a presidential record. DOJ officers Juan Gonzalez and Jay Bratt wrote motions to cancel the warrant.
This created a sense of dog-catch-the-car whiplash for Trump and his team, who were forced to quickly decide whether to allow a warrant to be issued or attempt to fight it in court.
The DOJ clearly recognized that dynamic in its Thursday filing and emphasized that the decision was now essentially Trump’s.
Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who presided over the case, asked the DOJ to consult with Trump’s legal team and determine whether Trump supports the motion to close the seal or plans to file an objection by 3 p.m.
Trump beat that time limit by 15 hours. The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what happened under these circumstances is in favor of the sealing, the official wrote.
Attorney General Merrick Garland echoed that position during a press conference, in which he said Trump facilitated public discussion of the matter by announcing the finding in a statement.
The search warrant executed by the FBI on Monday was described by Trump’s own lawyers only in vague generalities. After that, before Garland’s press conference, Trump’s team rejected the idea that they should issue a warrant.
One close to Trump asked that the FBI not release it. Several key Trump aides and lawmakers have called on the department to do the same. Garland should resign or be impeached.