There are many sources, under the guise of anonymity, told the Washington Post The FBI’s search of the Mar-a-Lago mansion on Monday was prompted by suspicions that the former US president was in possession of documents related to nuclear weapons without knowing whether they were part of the US arsenal or another country.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that he “personally approved” the search of Donald Trump’s mansion and condemned the “baseless attacks” on the FBI following this unprecedented move against the former president.
Garland, the head of the Justice Department, did not explain the reason for the action, but insisted there was a “potential case” and that “given the clear and powerful public interest, he asked the court to make the documents in the case public.”
“I have personally accepted the decision to apply for a search and seizure order in this case,” he told reporters. “Department [de Justiça] Such a decision is not taken lightly,” he added. Trump responded to the reports by saying that he was not opposed to the disclosure of the documents, but instead “encouraged their immediate release.”
This week’s FBI searches of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Florida home have caused a political storm in an already divided country and come as Trump considers a new bid for the White House.
Trump condemned the FBI action, saying it represented political motivation and the use of the judiciary “as a weapon.” “Nothing like this has ever happened to an American president,” he declared.
Big names in the Republican Party backed the former president, who was not in the House when the operation took place. Trump’s former vice president Mike Pence, a potential opponent in 2024, expressed his “deep concern” and said the move appeared to be motivated by “discrimination.”
Garland criticized the “baseless attacks on the professionalism of FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors,” respectively.
Since leaving office, Trump has maintained great influence over the Republican Party and continues to claim without proof that he has won the 2020 presidential election. His opposition to the FBI’s action has led to death threats against federal agents from his followers. ok
On Thursday, US police confronted a gunman who tried to break into the FBI offices in Cincinnati, in the north of the country, but so far there is no indication that the two incidents are connected.
“Following the activation of the alarm and the response of armed FBI special agents, the subject fled,” the FBI said in a statement. Local press claims the man fired a nail gun and an AR-15 shotgun before fleeing in a car. Police spokesperson said that the police chased the car. “Once the vehicle stopped, there was an exchange of gunfire between the agents and the suspect,” he said.
Two days after the raid, Trump, 76, was questioned for four hours in the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James, who is investigating the Trump Organization’s business practices.
US newspapers say Trump has waived more than 400 questions during his testimony about alleged fraud in his family’s real estate business.
New York’s attorney general suspects the Trump Organization overstated the value of real estate properties when applying for bank loans, while understating the values of those same properties to pay tax officials less.
Trump said he had no choice but to invoke the Fifth Amendment, which allows him to remain silent during an investigation.
“I declined to answer the questions because of the rights and privileges granted to all citizens by the Constitution of the United States,” the former president said in a statement posted on his social network, Truth Social.
In addition, the former president has another open front in court for his efforts to nullify the election results and the invasion of the US Capitol by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
More than 850 people were detained for the attack on Congress, which began after Trump gave a speech to supporters near the White House in which he lied about the election being “stolen.”
The House of Representatives accused Trump of inciting his supporters to revolt and endorsing his “impeachment,” but was later acquitted by the Senate.