Search at Trump's house: justice could make the warrant public
American justice seemed to be preparing on Friday to make public court documents likely to lift the veil on the reasons for the unprecedented search carried out at the beginning of the week at the home of former President Donald Trump.< /strong>
The operation, which provoked the fury of his supporters citing “political persecution”, was carried out on Monday at his residence in Mar-a-Lago, Florida by agents of the FBI, the American federal police.
It seems to have had the objective of recovering highly confidential documents taken away by the ex-president when he left the White House.
According to the Washington Post, some of the documents sought could relate to nuclear weapons, but Donald Trump denounced an “intoxication” early Friday on his social network Truth Social.
Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi said Friday that she had not been informed of the reasons for the search but recalled that the law strictly regulates the possession of confidential documents.
“It must be recognized that this information as it is updated – and we will know more about it later – is highly confidential, well above the top secret level,” she told a conference. of a potentially “very serious” matter.
The Justice Department's — highly unusual — willingness to release the search warrant, announced Thursday by Minister Merrick Garland, has was welcomed by Donald Trump.
“Not only will I not oppose the publication of the documents (…) but I will go further by ENCOURAGING their immediate publication”, wrote Thursday evening the Republican billionaire, who had nevertheless refrained from making public the copy of the mandate he had received.
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Donald Trump's lawyers have until 3:00 p.m. (7:00 p.m. GMT) to follow up on Merrick Garland's proposal , who assured Thursday, during an exceptional press conference, to have “personally approved” the search.
The Minister of Justice also denounced, during his brief televised speech, the “attacks unfounded” coming from the Republicans against his ministry and against the FBI.
“The ministry does not take this kind of decision lightly,” he said, adding that the case was of “important public interest”, three months before the midterm legislative elections.
In asking for the confidentiality of the warrant to be lifted, the Justice Department cited, without contradicting, statements by Donald Trump's representatives indicating that the FBI was looking for archival documents from the White House, possibly classified defense secret.
Monday's search was the first ever to target a former president of the United States.
Outraged, Donald Trump told Truth Social on Monday that his lawyers were cooperating “fully” with authorities when “suddenly and without warning, Mar-a-Lago was raided, at 6:30 a.m., by a VERY large number of agents.”
He complained in particular that the FBI agents had ” searched First Lady Melania Trump's closets.
On Wednesday, he even suggested that the federal police may have “planted” false evidence against him during this operation.
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Republican sympathizers, known for their support for law enforcement, have criticized the intervention of the FBI, so much so that an association of agents denounced calls “unacceptable (.. .) to violence against the police”
On Thursday, a gunman who had tried to enter an FBI office in Ohio (northern United States) was killed by law enforcement after a long confrontation.
After the search, the Republican tenors had united with their former president, who retains a strong hold on the conservative party and plans to be a presidential candidate again in 2024.
His former vice president Mike Pence , yet a potential rival in two years, expressed his “deep concern” after the police operation.
The ex-real estate magnate, at the heart of judicial news in the States States, was also submitted to a hearing under oath on Wednesday before the Attorney General of New York.
He then continued to invoke, for four hours and more than 440 times according to the press United States, her right not to answer questions under the 5th Amendment of the Constitution.
Letitia James, the highest magistrate in the state of New York, civil investigation since 2019 on suspicion of financial and tax fraud within the Trump Organization family group.