US Attorney General Merrick Garland has said that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had filed a motion to unseal former US president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago warrant and property receipt from Monday’s search of his Florida resort.
Merrick Garland has said that the Justice Department had filed a request in the court for the search warrant and property receipt from the search to be unsealed saying that he had personally approved the decision for the search warrant over the matter.
Garland further said that faithful adherence to the rule of law has been the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. He added that upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favour.
Trump has condemned the raid calling it politically motivated. The former president said that nothing like that had ever happened to a president of the United States before. He said that he would not oppose the release of documents.
The court had instructed the Justice Department to confer with Trump about its request to unseal certain warrant documents from the FBI Mar-a-Lago search and to tell the court by Friday 3:00 pm (ET) if he opposes the release.
CNN has reported that Trump and his legal team had not yet reached a decision on how to respond to the Justice Department’s motion.
The FBI had executed a search warrant on Monday at the Palm Beach resort in Florida as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents.
The Washington Post has reported that classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items that FBI agents sought when executing the Mar-a-Lago search warrant.