Former President Donald Trump has come out and stated that he is now “encouraging the immediate release” of documents that are related to the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, while also slapping down reports that these agents had been ripping through his home in search of documents that were related to nuclear weapons.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years,” the former president went on to say in a powerful statement issued late Thursday.
Here are more details from Newsmax:
Trump’s statement on the document release, which his legal team declined to authorize earlier, comes after the Justice Department on Thursday moved to unseal the search warrant, and after Attorney General Merrick Garland said in public remarks, also on Thursday, that he “personally approved” the step to seek the warrant that was used and it would be made public.
In a filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Justice Department officially asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to unseal the warrant, the list of seized items, and accompanying information, “absent objection from the former president,” reports CBS News.
“The press and the public enjoy a qualified right of access to criminal and judicial proceedings and the judicial records filed therein,” U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez and Jay Bratt, head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section went on to write in the request, going on to add that “the public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing.”
Reinhart has given the Justice Department until 3 p.m. Friday to notify him if Trump’s attorneys plan to fight to unseal the documents.
Trump also pointed the finger for the search and seizure of documents from his home on politics, referring to it as an “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement.”
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“My poll numbers are the strongest they have ever been, fundraising by the Republican Party is breaking all records, and midterm elections are fast approaching,” he wrote in the Thursday night statement, going on to say the raid on his home was “inappropriate and highly unethical.”
“The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he continued. “Release the documents now!”
The former president then made some comments early on Friday in a post on his Truth Social account that disputed a report from the Washington Post which quoted an unnamed source as saying the classified documents the FBI was searching for had to do with nuclear weapons.
The source did not offer any details concerning whether or not the weapons in these documents belonged to the United States or if they were from somewhere else, nor did the source note if these documents had actually been recovered.
“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” Trump went on to rant on his social media post. “Same sleazy people involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close – said “ABSOLUTELY NOT.” Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christopher Steele Dossier!”