Donald Trump has responded to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement that the Justice Department will seek to unseal the warrant used to search the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.
Essentially, Trump is calling Garland’s bluff on the heels of a report claiming that nuclear weapons documents may have been recovered during 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, even though they have 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,” the former president noted in an announcement initially posted to his Truth Social platform..
“My poll numbers are the strongest they have ever been, fundraising by the Republican Party is breaking all records, and midterm elections are fast approaching. This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he said, adding: “Release the documents now!”
Trump: “Release the documents now!” Email statement 12.01am August 12, 2022 https://t.co/WFH4pXQGri
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) August 12, 2022
Earlier, Garland announced during a press conference that the DOJ filed a motion to unseal the search warrant for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.
“Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy. Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly, without fear or favor,” Garland said, adding that he “personally approved” the warrant.
“Much of our work is by necessity conducted out of the public eye. We do that to protect the Constitutional rights of all Americans and to protect the integrity of our investigations,” he said.
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause. Copies of both the warrant and the FBI property receipt were provided on the day of the search to the former President’s counsel who was on site during the search,” he added.
Days after the raid, there appears to be some political fallout, but to the former president’s advantage.
“An exclusive snap poll from Politico and global market research firm Morning Consult garnered early reaction Wednesday from a sample of 2,004 registered voters that asked a series of questions surrounding federal law enforcement acting on a search warrant to reportedly retrieve documents related to the National Archives,” The Daily Wire reported.
While most Democrats believe the raid was justified, nearly 70 percent of Republicans said they see it as politically motivated.
Further, a Trafalgar Group and Convention of States Action survey found that 71.7 percent of Independent respondents said that the raid increased their drive to vote.
“Independent and Republican voters are united in their outrage about this unprecedented and tragic event in American history,” Meckler said in a statement about the poll results. “This gestapo-style injustice has created a voting surge that is so significant, the polling doesn’t even begin to reflect what is coming from grassroots voters in November.”