Federal agents in Washington this week raided former President Donald Trump's home in Florida. The raid was looking for documents related to nuclear weapons, The Washington Post reported Thursday.
It was not clear whether such documents were found at the former president's resort, Mar Arago, in Palm Beach, the Post said. Reuters could not immediately confirm the report.
The US Justice Department on Thursday asked a judge to release the warrant that allowed the FBI to search Mar-a-Lago after Trump, a Republican, said it was political retaliation. .
This request means the public will soon be able to learn more about what investigators were looking for during the unprecedented search of the former president's home.34} The move is part of an investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House when he resigned as president in January 2021, some of which the Justice Department believes are classified. ing.
Attorney General Merrick Garland, the U.S. Chief Law Enforcement Officer and Democratic President Joe Biden's nominee, said at a press conference that he had personally approved the investigation. The Department of Justice is also looking to release redacted receipts for seized items.
“The department does not take such decisions lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive alternatives to searches and to narrow the scope of searches conducted.
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court rulings on Donald Trump's tax returns. His decision to publicly confirm the
search that made it public was highly unusual. U.S. law enforcement officers generally do not discuss ongoing investigations to protect people's rights. In this case, Trump himself announced his search in a statement Monday night.
Garland said the Department of Justice requested that the warrant be released.
The FBI recovered about 10 boxes from Trump's property during the search, according to sources familiar with the matter.
Trump was not in Florida at the time of the search.
It is unclear whether Trump's legal team will oppose the removal of the warrant.
The government will inform the court by 3 p.m. ET (1900 GMT) on Friday whether Trump's lawyers will oppose the opening of the warrant. before Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who reviewed the warrant to make sure there was good reason.
The Department of Justice sought to open the warrant, but did not require the judge to open the affidavit supporting the warrant, the contents of which contained confidential information.
Two of Trump's attorneys, Evan Corcoran and John Lawry, did not respond to requests for comment. In a statement posted to Truth, he said: If we had it, the government could have gotten whatever they wanted. "
The escalating investigation,
the unprecedented search is one of many federal and state investigations facing Trump during his tenure and in his private business, with serious consequences. indicated escalation. By submitting fake voter rolls, he implicates the State Department in a failed bid by Trump's allies to overturn the 2020 presidential election.
An investigation into Trump's deletion of records began earlier this year after the National Archives referred the agency to it.
Former archivist David Ferriero previously said Trump returned 15 boxes to the government in January 2022. The Archives later described some of the items as "classified national security information." I found that it was marked.
Months before the investigation, FBI agents visited Trump's property and examined a box in a locked vault, according to people familiar with the visit.
Investigators and Corcoran said he spent a day reviewing the materials, according to sources. Another source briefed on the matter told Reuters that the Justice Department also has surveillance footage of Mar-a-Lago.
Garland's Justice Department has faced intense criticism and online threats since Monday's raid. Trump supporters in Washington and some of his fellow Republicans have accused Democrats of weaponizing federal bureaucrats to target Trump.
In Cincinnati, Ohio, an armed man suspected of trying to break into an FBI building died Thursday after getting into a shootout with law enforcement officers, his patrol officer said on the Ohio highway. Stated.
Garland accused the FBI and the Department of Justice of threats and attacks. "I will not sit on the sidelines when their decency is unjustly attacked," he said.
Some Democrats criticize Garland for being overly cautious when investigating Trump for trying to reverse his 2020 presidential election loss to Biden. there is
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