Trump search confirmed, Garland asks for warrant to be released

Trump search confirmed, Garland asks for warrant to be released

by Sarah N. Lynch

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday asked a judge to release the warrant authorizing the FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Florida home, an operation the former president described as political revenge.

Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed for the first time on Thursday that officers searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. The search is part of an investigation into whether he illegally removed White House records as he left office.

Merrick Garland, who heads the Department of Justice (DOJ), said he personally approved of the decision to order the search.

This confirmation is highly unusual, as US investigators generally do not discuss ongoing investigations. Unusually, also, it was Donald Trump himself who announced Monday evening that his residence was being searched by FBI agents and accused Joe Biden of engaging in political revenge.

Merrick Garland said the DOJ asked a court to unseal the search warrant “in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the circumstances and the public interest in this matter.” .

In a statement on his Truth social network, Trump said, “My attorneys and representatives are cooperating fully and a very good relationship has been established. The government could have had anything it wanted, had we had it.”

(Sarah N. Lynch and Andy Sullivan; version française Nicolas Delame)

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