Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he personally approved the search of Donald Trump’s home this week and has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant authorizing the raid of Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Shortly after the press conference, Trump defended himself on his platform, Truth Social.
“My attorneys and representatives were cooperating fully, and very good relationships had been established. The government could have had whatever they wanted, if we had it. They asked us to put an additional lock on a certain area – DONE! Everything was fine, better than that of most previous Presidents, and then, out of nowhere and with no warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 in the morning, by VERY large numbers of agents, and even ‘safecrackers.’ They got way ahead of themselves. Crazy!” he wrote.
Republican responses to Garland’s remarks lit up social media.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) noted pointed prior FBI investigations as reasons why the public trust has dropped.
“The primary reason the Attorney General and FBI are being pushed to disclose why the search was necessary is because of the deep mistrust of the FBI and DOJ when it comes to all things Trump – such as the Crossfire Hurricane and Mueller investigations,” Graham wrote, stating that he is looking for the “predicate for the search.”
“After Crossfire Hurricane and the Mueller investigation, where FISA Court rebuked the FBI and DOJ for failing to disclose exculpatory material, there is no benefit of the doubt when it comes to investigating President Trump,” added Graham.
Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) pointed out how “Merrick Garland personally approved a search warrant to take down Joe Biden’s top political opponent. This is a politically-motivated witch hunt.”
Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) tweeted, “For the Democrats, the FBI has become a tool to attack political opponents.”
Rep. Jodey Arrington (R-Texas) expressed concern over how much is still unknown after Garland’s press conference.
“AG Garland spent four minutes reading an empty and inconsequential statement, and then refused to take questions. We STILL don’t know the reason for the raid, the nature and extent of probable cause, and why the DOJ felt it necessary to take such extreme and intrusive measures,” Arrington tweeted.
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