The Justice Department has asked the court to publish the search warrant for the property of former President Donald Trump and the list of items taken from there, said US Attorney General Merrick Garland. He also confirmed that he had personally approved the decision to seek a review. Trump said in a statement that following the search, his lawyers and representatives are fully cooperating. Documents FBI agents were looking for were those related to nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing sources known to the investigation.
During Thursday’s press release, US Attorney General Merrick Garland officially confirmed for the first time that there was a search of former US President Donald Trump’s property in Mar-a-Lago on Monday.
He said that due to earlier disclosure of the information by Trump himself and “significant public interest,” he asked the federal court of the Southern District of Florida to disclose a court-issued search warrant along with a record of the items taken from the property.
– Faithful compliance with the rule of law is a fundamental principle of the Ministry of Justice and our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law equally, without fear or favoritism. This is exactly what the Ministry under my custody does, Garland said.
The attorney general responds to Trump’s criticism
The head of the ministry said that he had personally approved the request for the search and that “he did not make this decision lightly.” “It is standard practice where possible to try to use less intrusive means,” he added.
He also referred to criticism from the former president and his supporters, and to allegations about the integrity of the FBI and law enforcement agencies. – I will not be silent when their integrity is unfairly attacked. Representatives of the FBI and ministries of justice are dedicated, patriotic government officials, Garland said.
Earlier, Trump and his supporters suggested that FBI officials may have planted false evidence during the Mar-a-Lago search. After the speech of the prosecutor general, the former president stated that his lawyers and representatives “fully cooperate” with the investigators.
Trump accused of holding secret documents
Legal expert Elie Honig said on CNN that asking the court to disclose the warrant is likely in response to criticism from Trump, who may have released the documents himself but has not yet done so. The former president’s lawyers may also oppose the disclosure of the order and protocols by the court.
According to reports from the media and Trump associates, Monday’s search concerned classified documents that the former president was supposed to take with him after he left the White House.
In January, Trump handed over 15 boxes of documents – including those classified as “top secret” or higher – and in June they took additional documents on the basis of an investigative order. Nevertheless, investigators suspected that he was holding sensitive documents relevant to national security.
Media: FBI agents searched for nuclear weapons related documents
Among the documents that FBI agents searched for during a search of Donald Trump’s estate were those related to nuclear weapons, the Washington Post reported on Thursday, citing sources known to the investigation.
The newspaper did not say whether the agents found the documents they were looking for. The newspaper’s informants did not say whether the documents concerned weapons owned by the United States or other countries.
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