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Justice Department asks judge to UNSEAL search warrant on Trump's raid 

AG Merrick Garland Says HE Approved The FBI’s Trump Raid, Strikes Back At Critics For Saying DOJ Is Politicized: He Asks Judge To UNDERSTAND Mar-a-Lago Operation Injunction

  • Republicans have urged Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Wray to speak in the days since the FBI’s unannounced search for Mar-a-Lago
  • Donald Trump announced Monday night that the FBI ‘robbed’ his Florida home
  • A day later, one of his closest allies in Congress, Rep. Scott Perry, his cell phone seized by the FBI while traveling with his family.
  • The FBI operation in Mar-a-Lago was apparently related to the National Archives

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The Justice Department has filed a petition with a judge to overturn the search warrant that led to the FBI’s unannounced operation on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

Attorney General Merrick Garland made a personal statement Thursday afternoon following increasing calls from Republicans for him to speak out about the FBI’s unannounced search.

He said the DOJ proceeded to make the search warrant public “in light of the public confirmation of the search by the former president, the surrounding circumstances and the significant public interest in this matter.”

The attorney general also revealed that he personally approved officials’ request to request a search warrant.

Garland asked no questions, but went out of his way to criticize the recent verbal attacks and threats against law enforcement in the wake of the “raid.”

“Let me talk about recent baseless attacks on the professionalism of FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand still when their integrity is unjustly attacked,” the Biden official said.

“Men and women of the FBI and the Department of Justice are dedicated, patriotic officials. Every day they protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism and other threats to their security, while protecting our civil rights. They do that at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves.’

The Justice Department has only announced that Merrick Garland will speak about an hour before the attorney general's expected comments.

The Justice Department has only announced that Merrick Garland will speak about an hour before the attorney general’s expected comments.

His last-minute appearance comes after the former president claimed his home had been “robbed” by federal agents who apparently broke a padlocked door and seized documents sought by the National Archives.

“The department doesn’t take such a decision lightly,” Garland explained in an apparent effort to counter allegations of political persecution by Trump’s allies.

Trump has been furious since he revealed news of the search Monday night, when he said it meant “dark times for our nation.”

And a day later, FBI agents seized the cell phone from Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, one of Trump’s key allies in Congress who reportedly aided his efforts to steal the 2020 election.

But that seizure was related to another Justice Department investigation into the former president, regarding a “fake electoral scheme” that he and his allies allegedly promoted in order to stay in power, according to the Washington Post.

The raid on Trump’s home comes months after the National Archives asked the Justice Department to investigate the Republican’s handling of classified documents.

Archives officials flew to Mar-a-Lago in January to pick up 15 boxes of files intended to be handed over when Trump left office. Some have since been confirmed to have been labeled “classified.”

Garland’s appearance on Thursday came on the heels of a new CNN report that reveals federal authorities took documents from Mar-a-Lago in June and served a grand jury subpoena while on the premises.

Trump was not in Florida when the FBI conducted its search, but rather in New York City

Trump was not in Florida when the FBI conducted its search, but rather in New York City

Trump was not in Florida when the FBI conducted its search, but rather in New York City

But his days of silence about the explosive heist has fueled anger among Republicans, some of whom are even calling for his impeachment.

“Nobody ever thought we would use the FBI or that one political party would use the FBI to attack their political opponents,” Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul told Fox News on Wednesday.

“Well, this is really something that requires an investigation. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the investigation leads to abuse of power that could even lead to the impeachment of the Attorney General.’

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley tweeted that “Garland should at least resign or be impeached,” and that FBI Director Chris Wray should be removed altogether.

Monday’s raid was reportedly based on “witness accounts” of classified documents in Mar-a-Lago, despite the January collection and the DOJ’s visit in June, CNN reported Thursday.

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