Garland defends Trump home search, moves to make details public

United States Attorney General Merrick Garland has said the Department of Justice (DoJ) has asked a federal judge to unseal the court-approved warrant used to search former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence earlier this week.

At a brief news conference on Thursday, Garland defended the FBI search at Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate on Monday, saying he had personally approved it.

“The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter,” Garland told reporters.

Trump, who has a copy of the search warrant but has declined so far to reveal its contents, said late on Thursday he would not oppose the unsealing of the warrant.

He continued to assail the FBI search as “unAmerican, unwarranted and unnecessary”.

“Release the documents now!” he wrote, repeating his claim  the search was an “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement.”

‘Called Trump’s bluff’

“Trump chose not to do that,” he said. “He’s only now agreeing because the attorney general essentially called Trump’s bluff and daring him to block the public from seeing the warrant,” Gift added.

“Out of the available options now, my sense is that Trump really believes that releasing the warrant is the best course because who he’s really playing to here is his base – and to same extent his base, I don’t think will really care what the facts are, they’d only care about about how Trump spins the facts.”

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