Former President Donald Trump is demanding the immediate release of the search warrant for the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home, and denied that the raid was an attempt to retrieve classified documents about nuclear weapons.
Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday said he would petition for the document to be unsealed.
Trump offered his thoughts on his Truth Social media platform, indicating he would not challenge the release.
“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,” he said.
Trump accused the search warrant documents of having “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.”
Garland admitted earlier in the day that he personally signed off on the warrant to search Trump’s home. His actions mark an unprecedented legal effort by a sitting Attorney General against the likely opponent of the President that nominated him to the post.
A ruling on the motion could come before the weekend.
Trump not opposing warrant release pic.twitter.com/HjlarShXIg
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) August 12, 2022
Reports Claim FBI Raid Was Seeking Documents About Nuclear Weapons at Trump’s Home
Also on Thursday, the Washington Post published a sensational report stemming from “people familiar with the investigation” who allege that the raid on Trump’s home was an attempt to retrieve documents pertaining to “nuclear weapons.”
“Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday,” they wrote.
The sources declined to offer additional details and refused to say if any such documents had been found.
Garland refuses to take questions Re:
The Trump raid and then his goons create a fake narrative about nuclear secrets being the issue. It’s how these lowlifes operate. Play all prissy and say you can’t do details and then leak outrageous lies.
Public doesn’t fall for it anymore.
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) August 12, 2022
CNN piggybacked off the Washington Post report to allege it “could explain the urgency of the unprecedented operation” and “takes his showdown with the Justice Department to a grave new level.”
It doesn’t of course. There was no ‘urgency.’ What it does is raise other questions.
Wait… so you’re telling me that Trump had super duper top secret, extremely dangerous, classified nuclear documents in his possession… and it took the FBI/DOJ 18 months to go get them? …lol…ok… sure.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) August 12, 2022
Trump Says It’s a Hoax
Right-leaning pundits expressed immediate skepticism of the reports that Trump’s home was raided because the FBI was searching for nuclear weapons documents.
If President Trump had been hiding away such documents, why did he cooperate with the FBI for months in turning over documents that they had requested?
And if they were of such a highly classified nature, concerning nuclear weapons, why did they negotiate at all rather than just conducting the raid from the onset?
Former assistant secretary of the Treasury Monica Crowley openly wondered about this very fact.
“So now they’re saying Trump may have had our nation’s most sensitive nuclear secrets – but they waited a year and half to go get them?” she tweeted.
So now they’re saying Trump may have had our nation’s most sensitive nuclear secrets – but they waited a year and half to go get them?
What’s next – that he’s hiding nuclear missiles under his bed?
— Monica Crowley (@MonicaCrowley) August 12, 2022
Conservative political commentator Liz Wheeler suggested the DOJ was overcompensating its concerns by citing nuclear weapons when they had a more basic but politically motivated intent.
“Don’t believe for a second the FBI was searching for nuclear weapons documents at Mar-a-Lago,” she tweeted. “DOJ overshot.”
“They thought they could Marc Elias this – claim a classified doc was mishandled & charge Trump & forbid him from serving in public office again.”
I don’t believe for a second the FBI was searching for nuclear weapons documents at Mar-a-Lago. DOJ overshot. They thought they could Marc Elias this – claim a classified doc was mishandled & charge Trump & forbid him from serving in public office again.
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) August 12, 2022
But the biggest skeptic out there was Trump himself.
“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,” he wrote on Truth Social early this morning. “Same sleazy people involved.”
Trump questioned why the FBI wouldn’t allow his lawyers to oversee the inspection and instead “made them wait outside in the heat.”
The former President contested the agents’ motives as well.
“Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer (sic) Steele Dossier!”
Perhaps the warrant being unsealed would clarify or confirm what the sources told the Washington Post about nuclear weapons. Or perhaps it won’t – the FBI certainly hasn’t done anything untoward in obtaining search warrants in the past, have they?
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