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Justice Department asks to unseal Trump raid search warrant

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Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department asked a federal judge Thursday to unseal a search warrant that was used by FBI agents to raid the Florida home of former President Donald Trump three days earlier.

That request came after days of pressure by Republican lawmakers and other allies of Trump on the Justice Department to explain why it authorized what is believed to be the first-ever search of a former president’s residence in connection with a criminal investigation.

The Trump warrant, which his lawyers already have, will include an affidavit detailing to the judge who signed the warrant the justification for the search of his home at the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.

It also will include details about what crime or crimes federal law enforcement officials suspect were committed and have a list of items seized in Monday’s raid.

Read the Justice Department’s motion to unseal the warrant here.

The Justice Department is investigating Trump for the removal of documents from the White House, and possible violations of classified information laws because of the nature of some of those documents.

“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 at a surprise press conference.

That motion was lodged in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, where Mar-a-Lago is located.

Former President Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a rally at the I-80 Speedway on May 01, 2022 in Greenwood, Nebraska.

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Garland also said, “I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.”

“The department does not take such a decision lightly,” he said. “Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search, and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.”

Garland also condemned what he called “recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors” in connection with the search and related investigation.

“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said.

CNBC has asked for comment from Trump’s lawyer and his spokeswoman on Garland’s announcement, and asked if Trump will oppose the motion to unseal.

Trump and his allies have claimed the Justice Department and Garland, who was appointed by Democratic President Joe Biden, searched Trump‘s residence to hurt the former president politically.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks about the FBI’s search warrant served at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida during a statement at the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, U.S., August 11, 2022.

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

FBI agents seized about a dozen boxes from Mar-a-Lago, according to Trump’s lawyer.

That lawyer said agents left a copy of the search warrant, which indicated they are investigating possible violations of laws related to the Presidential Records Act and the handling of classified material.

A senior White House official told NBC News that they were unaware of what Garland would say before he took the podium at the Justice Department.

“We have had no notice that he was giving remarks and no briefing on the content of them,” the official said.

The Justice Department, and Garland, have a longstanding policy about not commenting on criminal investigations before charges are filed.

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