The Justice Department has confirmed it has authorized a raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home – but has remained tight-lipped about further details.
Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke for the first time from the Justice Department in Monday’s raid and said he “personally approved” the decision to seek a search warrant for the FBI.
“The department does not make a decision like this lightly,” Garland said Thursday afternoon. “Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly limit any search conducted.”
Garland added that a federal court approved the search warrant earlier this week.
The search warrant was granted by a federal court after the required probable cause determination,” he said.
“Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were turned over to the former President’s attorney on the day of the search, who was at the scene during the search.”
Garland said the department has filed a request to unseal a search warrant and property receipt for the Mar-a-Lago search that took place Monday.
“Right now, the Department of Justice in the Southern District of Florida has filed a request to unseal a search warrant and property receipt related to a court-authorized search conducted by the FBI earlier this week,” Garland said.
“This search involved a Florida property owned by the former President.”
Garland’s comments came three days after Trump revealed federal agents had broken into his Palm Beach home and hours after reports that the FBI had seized sensitive national security documents from Mar-a-Lago two months earlier.
Shortly after Garland’s comment, the Justice Department officially filed the unsealing of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant.
“At the time of the first execution of the warrant, the Department directly notified former President Trump’s attorney. The Department has made no public statements about the search, and the search appears to have received little or no public attention while it was taking place,” the filing reads.
“Later that same day, former President Trump issued a public statement acknowledging the execution of the warrant.
“Since then, the search warrant and related materials have been the subject of significant interest and attention from news media organizations and others.”
The Justice Department is calling for the warrant to be unsealed amid “intense public interest generated by a search of a former president’s home.”
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