Here's the warrant to search Mar-a-Lago and list of items the FBI seized from Trump's Florida home




  • In Politics
  • 2022-08-12 19:57:50Z
  • By Business Insider
 
Donald Trump portrait
Donald Trump portrait  
  • A Florida court unsealed the warrant used to search Trump's Mar-A-Lago home on Friday.

  • It came after the DOJ and former President Donald Trump both said it should be public.

  • It was released after intense public speculation over why the FBI raided Trump's home.

A federal judge on Friday unsealed the search warrant the Justice Department obtained ahead of the unprecedented search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Magistrate Judge Bruce E. Reinhart released a copy of the warrant, along with an inventory of items the FBI seized from Trump's home and members-only club in West Palm Beach, at the request of the Justice Department.

You can read the full warrant and list of items seized here.

The FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago drew swift condemnation from Trump, who excoriated law enforcement over a raid he characterized as a politically-motivated "weaponization of the Justice System." Republican allies leaped to his defense, demanding details from the Justice Department and Attorney General Merrick Garland about a search targeting the home of a former president who has strongly hinted at making another run for the White House.

In the clamoring for transparency, a rallying cry emerged: Release the warrant.

On Thursday, Garland effectively called the bluff. Garland announced that the Justice Department had asked a federal court to unseal the search warrant, an unusual and extraordinary move that the attorney general tied in part to Trump's public statements about the raid.

"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.

In court documents that coincided with Garland's address, the Justice Department said it supported the unsealing of records "absent objection by former President Trump."

Later on Thursday, Trump said on Truth Social that he supported the release of records related to the Mar-a-Lago search.

"Release the documents now!" he said on the social media platform.

Garland confirmed at Thursday's press conference that he had personally authorized the search and that his investigators had exhausted all other options.

"First, I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter," he said. "Second, the Department does not take such a decision lightly. 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 said that the DOJ had established probable cause, the legal standard necessary to acquire a search warrant.

Trump had the ability to release the warrant and manifest of seized items himself. But he had not done so, instead seizing on the Justice Department's initial silence to suggest - without evidence - that the FBI was "planting" evidence at Mar-a-Lago during the search.

It has been widely reported that investigators wanted to retrieve documents sought by the National Archives from Trump's presidency.

On Thursday The Washington Post reported that the FBI was looking for secret documents describing the US arsenal of nuclear weapons.

Department of Justice
Department of Justice  

 

Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
Department of Justice
Department of Justice  
COMMENTS

More Related News

What Will It Take for the GOP to Condemn Trump
What Will It Take for the GOP to Condemn Trump's Death Threats?

Photo Illustration by Luis G. Rendon/The Daily Beast/GettyIn 2016, when Donald Trump bragged that he could shoot someone on Fifth Avenue and he wouldn't lose...

Can Biden save democracy one US factory job at a time?
Can Biden save democracy one US factory job at a time?
  • World
  • 2022-10-05 04:09:47Z

President Joe Biden is working to create a manufacturing revival - even helping to put factory jobs in Republican territory under the belief it can restore...

Biden to focus on hurricane victims in Florida, not politics
Biden to focus on hurricane victims in Florida, not politics
  • World
  • 2022-10-05 04:06:21Z

President Joe Biden will visit hurricane-ravaged Florida with a pledge that federal, state and local governments will work as one to help rebuild homes...

GOP optimistic about Senate chances despite Walker turmoil
GOP optimistic about Senate chances despite Walker turmoil
  • World
  • 2022-10-05 04:04:59Z

Leading Republicans are entering the final month of the midterm campaign increasingly optimistic that a Senate majority is within reach even as a dramatic...

FBI investigates shooting at Texas Border Patrol facility that left migrant who
FBI investigates shooting at Texas Border Patrol facility that left migrant who 'went for an agent's gun' dead
  • US
  • 2022-10-05 00:15:25Z

A migrant was shot and killed while in custody at the Ysleta Border Patrol station in El Paso, Texas, on Tuesday afternoon, according to officials.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Politics