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After a federal judge gave the Justice Department a deadline to determine that Former President Trump Whether he supports or opposes unsealing the search warrants and property receipts used by the FBI to search his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, the former president said he wholeheartedly supports the decision.
“Now drop the papers!” Trump wrote on TRUTH Social at 11:40 p.m. Thursday, hours after the judge’s decision was announced.
In a pair of posts, Trump called the raid on his Florida estate “un-American, inappropriate and unnecessary” and said he approved the “immediate release” of the warrant.
“I will not be opposed to the release of documents related to the American, unnecessary and unnecessary raids and the ransacking of my house. Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going one step further by encouraging the immediate release of those documents,” the former president wrote, “even though they were drawn by radical left Democrats and potential future political opponents who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me. Have done it for 6 years.”
Trump also said the raid was part of an “unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement” and suggested it may be an attempt to prevent him from seeking office again.
“My turnout numbers are the strongest I’ve ever been in fundraising Republican Party All records are being broken and the midterm elections are approaching. This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly immoral,” he said. “The world is watching as our country is brought to new lows, not only at our borders, but in crime, economy, energy, national security and so on. Much more, but also in relation to our sacred elections!”
The two posts come hours after Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhardt wrote an order on the DOJ’s motion to quash the warrant and receipt of the property.
“The United States will immediately provide a copy of former President Trump’s motion to counsel,” Reinhardt wrote Thursday. “On or before 3:00 PM Eastern Time on August 12, 2022, United Nations Former President Trump will file an affidavit advising on whether he opposes the government’s proposal to revoke the seal.”
The judge’s decision came soon after Attorney General Merrick Garland The FBI broke its day-long silence on the decision to serve a search warrant at the former president’s home. This has never happened in American history.
During a press conference Thursday, Garland said he “personally approved” the FBI to execute the warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, where agents spent hours Monday searching.
“Just now, the Department of Justice filed a motion to quash search warrants and property receipts related to court-approved searches conducted earlier this week by the FBI in the Southern District of Florida,” Garland said. “That discovery was an area owned by a former president in Florida.”
He added: “Given the former president’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances and the public interest in the matter, the department filed a motion to make the warrant and receipt public.”
It was not immediately clear whether Trump or his legal representatives currently have a copy of the warrant or a receipt for the property.
The FBI did not specifically use the word “raad,” which Trump and many others have used to describe their search warrants at Trump’s estate, but did not explain what property was recovered during the search and why. It was implemented in the first place.
The release of a search warrant signed by Reinhart and receipt of the property would reveal this information.
Ahead of Monday’s search warrant, Trump’s legal team sent 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-a-Lago to the US National Archives and Records Administration, including documents containing classified information.
“My lawyers and representatives were fully cooperative and a very good relationship was established. If we had, the government could have gotten what it wanted,” Trump said. “They asked us to put an extra lock on a certain area – done! Everything was fine, mostly better than the previous president, and then, out of nowhere and with no warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided at 6:30 a.m., A very large number of agents and even ‘safecrackers’.
The former president also said in a separate post that the agency “left in relative disarray” former first lady Melania Trump’s closet and personal belongings.
Trump added: “They got ahead of themselves. Crazy!”
Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.