- U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he “personally approved” the FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Florida home, and has requested the search warrant be unsealed
- Trump has until 3:00 p.m. ET to oppose the motion, but indicated on his own social media platform that he will not seek to block its release
- The raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort was partly to look for nuclear documents, sources have told The Washington Post
- FBI’s search was based largely on information provided by an informer, Newsweek has exclusively revealed
- An armed man was killed after attempting to break into an FBI field office days after the raid, authorities say
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Trump Calls for “Immediate Release” of Raid Warrant
Former President Trump has said he will not oppose the Department of Justice’s efforts to unseal the warrant authorizing a search at his Mar-a-Lago residence and called for the “immediate release” of documents relating to the raid.
“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,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform late on Thursday night.
Trump can object to the release of the warrant and a property receipt which will show what the FBI agents removed from Mar-a-Lago. He has until 3p.m. on Friday to inform a federal judge in Florida of any objection.
FBI Were Searching for Nuclear Documents, Sources Say
Classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items the Department of Justice sought during the search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.
The newspaper cited unnamed sources who said the search highlighted the urgency that government officials felt in preventing the potentially highly sensitive documents from ending up into the wrong hands.
That report has not been confirmed and it is as yet unclear whether the warrant will include any mention of classified nuclear documents.
Two senior government officials told Newsweek earlier this week that the FBI agents were looking for classified “national defense information” and that the raid was timed to coincide with Trump being away from Mar-a-Lago.