When he asked a court to unseal the search warrant on Trump’s estate, Garland cited the fact that Trump himself had provided the first public confirmation of the FBI search.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has asked a court to unseal the warrant the FBI obtained before searching the Florida property former President Donald TrumpAttorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday, acknowledging the extraordinary public interest in the case.
The request was intriguing because such documents traditionally remain sealed while an investigation is pending. But the Justice Department seemed to realize that its silence since the search had created a vacuum for bitter attacks from the former president and his allies, and Garland thought it wise to respond to widespread demands for details about what led to the FBI’s action had led.
“The public’s clear and strong interest in understanding what happened under these circumstances speaks strongly in favor of the unsealing,” said a petition for unsealing filed Thursday in Florida federal court.
Garland also cited the fact that Trump himself had provided the first public confirmation of the FBI search, and the attorney general said disclosing information about it now would not affect the court’s work.
Garland also said he personally authorized the search warrant, which was part of an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the discovery of classified White House records recovered earlier this year at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Fla.
It was not immediately clear when – or if – the request for unsealing could be granted or when the documents would be released. Trump will also have the opportunity to object.
The Attorney General condemned the verbal abuse of FBI and Justice Department employees for the search.
“I will not stand by while their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said, calling them “dedicated, patriotic officials.”
Associated Press writers Zeke Miller and Lindsay Whitehurst in Washington contributed to this report.
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