Former President Donald Trump said he backed the release of documents related to the FBI’s search of his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week, including a copy of the search warrant and receipt of items taken by agents from the property. is included.
Trump made the announcement late Thursday on his social media site, Truth Social, after the Justice Department requested a Florida court to seal the documents.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents relating to the un-American, unwarranted, and unnecessary raids and sabotage of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I will take a step forward by encouraging the immediate I’m going to release those documents,” Trump said in the post.
Trump’s decision to agree to issue a search warrant – something he had the option of doing on his own since the search took place on Monday – led to a public outcry between the former president’s legal team and Attorney General Merrick Garland.
The Justice Department has a longstanding policy against speaking publicly about pending investigations, but Garland took the unusual step of announcing on Thursday that he would “personally approve” the finding, which Trump originally called for. declared after running.
Federal agents searched Trump’s Florida residence as part of an investigation into whether the former president was unlawfully taking possession of presidential records that, according to people familiar with the matter, potentially including classified material after leaving office. After that were going to go to the National Archives.
On Thursday, the Washington Post reported that the FBI was looking for a range of documents related to nuclear weapons. It was unclear whether they were about American weapons or weapons that belonged to another country, and whether they were included in the documents the agents confiscated.
Mishandling of classified information can lead to multiple federal felony charges, and information related to nuclear weapons and technology is uniquely sensitive. The head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export controls section, Jay Bratt, signed the government’s filing to void the warrant and Mar-a-Lago earlier this summer to review documents allegedly in Trump’s possession. Visited.
In seeking to share the search warrant documents with the public, DOJ officials explained that they no longer believe that the specific reason applied for keeping this information under seal — to ensure that no interference with the search occurred. Was and keep a pending investigation secret. DOJ lawyers noted that the search was now in the past, and that Trump and his supporters had publicized information about it.
“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what happened under these circumstances is in favor of unsealing,” the Justice Department said in the filing.
24 hour time frame
To conduct a search at Mar-a-Lago, prosecutors had to submit an application for approval to a federal magistrate judge. the judge must find that the government has presented sufficient information that there was probable cause that the search would turn up evidence relating to criminal activity; This does not mean that the judge found evidence that a particular person had committed the offence.
The Justice Department asked US Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, sitting in West Palm Beach, Florida, to specifically remove a copy of the search warrant — which would include information about the general scope of the search and information about specific federal crimes. Might be possible. Under investigation — and a receipt that FBI agents left listing items taken from the property. The issuance of these documents will not include a copy of an affidavit that prosecutors would normally file to present a full narrative on the issue of potential criminal conduct.
Reinhart acted swiftly, immediately ordering the DOJ to consult with Trump and his lawyers and notify the court within 24 hours whether Trump would oppose the request.
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