Former President Donald Trump wrote on his Truth Social platform late Thursday night that he will not stand in the way of the release of classified documents related to the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a Fox News report.
“Release the documents now!” Trump wrote.
“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,” he continued.
The former president also contended that the search was a part of an ongoing effort to keep him out of politics.
“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,” he claimed.
“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!” Trump added.
Trump’s posts came hours after Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart wrote an order on the Department of Justice’s motion to unseal the warrant and property receipt. “The United States shall immediately serve a copy of its Motion on counsel for former President Trump,” Trump wrote on Thursday.
During a press conference on Thursday, CNN reported that Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.”
“The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former president's public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the substantial public interest in this matter,” Garland said.
“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. Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing,” he continued.
Garland also asserted that some of the department’s work must happen outside of public view.
“We do that to protect the constitutional rights of all Americans and to protect the integrity of our investigations,” he said, without elaborating further.
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