Donald Trump does not oppose US bid to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant – Capital Radio Malawi
15 April, 2024

Donald Trump does not oppose US bid to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant

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Former US President Donald Trump has said he will not oppose the release of the warrant that let FBI agents search his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.

In a statement, Trump said he was encouraging its “immediate release” – but repeated his claim the search was unnecessary and politically motivated.

The US Department of Justice has made a rare request to a Florida court to unseal the warrant.

If granted, it would mean the documents are made available to the public.

And it could confirm the reason for Monday’s search of Trump’s Florida home – something that the justice department has not yet revealed.

The FBI search is believed to be connected to an investigation into whether the former president removed classified records and sensitive material from the White House.

According to the Washington Post, citing anonymous sources, documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents were looking for at Mar-a-Lago.

The sources did not tell the newspaper whether the information involved US weapons or some other nation’s.

CBS, BBC’s partner network in the US, cites sources saying that the search warrant is a “bare bones” document that doesn’t include an explanation about why it was issued or what the FBI sought.

Trump has reacted angrily on his social media site, Truth Social.

“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. Same sleazy people involved.

Earlier, Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed he personally approved the warrant for the search.

Until now, the justice department has followed its normal practice of remaining silent during an active investigation – and documents such as search warrants traditionally remain sealed during a pending investigation.

But Garland said he was asking a court to make documents connected to the search warrant publicly available, in the public interest.

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