In response to Republican outrage, US Attorney General Merrick Garland claims he personally approved a search of Donald Trump’s Florida resort.After the Department of Justice (DoJ) asked a court to unseal the warrant and Attorney General Merrick Garland cited the “substantial public interest in this matter,” former US President Donald Trump demanded that the federal warrant the FBI used to search his Florida estate be made “immediately” public.In messages posted on his Truth Social platform late on Thursday, Trump wrote, â€œNot only will I not oppose the release of documentsâ€¦I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents.â€He continued to assail the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago as â€œunAmerican, unwarranted and unnecessary.â€
â€œRelease the documents now!â€ he wrote.
At a brief news conference earlier, Garland had defended the FBI search conducted this week at Trumpâ€™s Mar-A-Lago home, saying he personally approved it and adding the DoJ did not take searching citizensâ€™ homes lightly and would employ â€œless intrusiveâ€ means where possible.
Garland told reporters the Department of Justice has asked a federal judge to unseal the court-approved warrant that enabled the search and the property receipt relating to it.
The attorney general, who was appointed by President Joe Biden, did not provide details about the nature of the investigation that led to the search of Mar-a-Lago on Monday night.
Several US media outlets earlier cited unidentified sources as saying that the probe was looking into possible mishandling ofÂ classified material, and on Thursday, The Washington Post reported that the agents were looking for documents related to nuclear weapons.
The Post said it was not clear whether such documents had been found.