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The Department of Justice has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant executed by the FBI earlier this week at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday.
In a brief press conference, Garland confirmed that he personally approved the warrant, a decision Garland said he did not treat lightly.
He also defended law enforcement officials amid a torrent of threats from right-wingers directed at those perceived as responsible for the search at Mar-a-Lago, including Garland himself, the federal judge who authorized the search warrant, and FBI Director Christopher Wray. Meanwhile, Trump has fueled the alarming rhetoric, suggesting without evidence that the FBI may have planted damaging evidence at his Palm Beach residence. Republican lawmakers have largely rallied to Trump’s defense, adding their own conspiratorial spin to the extraordinary news cycle.
Here’s the motion:
This is a developing story.