Numerous unsourced media leaks allege that the FBI searched the Florida home of President Donald J. Trump for classified documents about nuclear weapons. Despite the fact that US Attorney Merrick Garland said nothing of the sort at his Thursday press conference to the American people, left-leaning media have published these stories and asserted that the allegations are credible.
As Trump himself highlighted on Friday, it feels like the same type of Fake News smear and leftist media leaks that Trump’s opponents have often used against him and his supporters in the past.
“Suspected presence of such files could explain why US attorney general took the step of ordering FBI agents into Trump home,” The Guardian noted on the significance of the leaks.
“FBI agents were looking for secret documents about nuclear weapons among other classified material when they searched Donald Trump’s home on Monday, it has been reported,” the report continued.
The FBI was searching Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property for materials related to nuclear weapons, according to the Washington Post, which cited sources with knowledge of the inquiry. They did not disclose the type of papers or whether they were to the United States’ or another nation’s arsenal.
Trump issued a press release on Thursday evening “encouraging the immediate release” of information linked to the FBI’s investigation of his Florida residence, while denying claims that investigators had searched his house for nuclear weapons-related documents.
“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,” Trump said.
Trump’s statement on the document release, which his legal team previously declined to authorize, follows the Justice Department’s Thursday move to unseal the search warrant and Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Thursday public remarks that he “personally approved” the action to seek the warrant that was used and that it would be made public.
CBS News reports that In a filing in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Justice Department officially asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to unseal the warrant, the list of seized items, and accompanying information, “absent objection from the former president.”
“The press and the public enjoy a qualified right of access to criminal and judicial proceedings and the judicial records filed therein,” wrote U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez and Jay Bratt, head of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section. ““the public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing.” they added.
Reinhart has given the Department of Justice until Friday at 3 p.m. to tell him whether Trump’s attorneys intend to fight to unseal the records.
Trump attributed the search and seizure of documents to politics and termed it a “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement” while pressing on the release of the records that led to the search.
Thursday evening, Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice has petitioned a federal judge to unseal the Trump search warrant.
The “nuclear weapons” report was leaked hours after the attorney general, Merrick Garland, said he had personally authorized the government’s request for a search warrant and disclosed that the justice department had asked a Florida court to unseal the warrant, noting that Trump had made the search public.
The justice department motion referred to “the public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred in its contents”.
On Friday morning, Trump further stated, via his social media platform Truth Social, that he believes the “nuclear weapons issue is a hoax”, comparing it to other investigations he has called hoaxes in the past, including the Mueller investigation into allegations of collusion between his 2016 election campaign and the Russian government and his historic double impeachment.
“Some sleazy people involved,” he said, adding “planting information, anyone?”
Garland’s announcement followed a furious backlash to the search from Trump supporters who portrayed it as politically motivated. On Thursday a man who tried to breach the FBI’s Cincinnati office was shot and killed by police after he fled the scene.
Moreover, The Guardian reported:
The court told the government to present its motion to Trump’s lawyers and to report back by 3pm on Friday on whether Trump objected to the warrant being unsealed.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Several US national media outlets, including the New York Times, CBS, the Washington Post, CNN, and NBC have asked the court to unseal everything related to the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago. CONTINUE READING…