Garland will speak publicly for the first time since the search for Mar-a-Lago

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Attorney General Merrick Garland is expected to make a public announcement at 2:30 p.m., according to a person familiar with his schedule, as public debate swells over the FBI’s Monday raid of former President Donald Trump’s Florida home.

Thursday’s statement will be Garland’s first public appearance since officers executed a court-approved search warrant at the Mar-A-Lago resort, taking about a dozen boxes of gear after opening a safe. loudly and entered a padlocked storage area.

In keeping with general Justice Department practice, Garland has so far refrained from revealing details of the investigation, which people familiar with the matter say is focused on whether Trump or his collaborators withheld classified or other government documents that should have been turned over to the government. keep.

How agents get warrants like the one used at Mar-a-Lago, and what they mean

So far, little is known about what specifically the FBI agents were looking for at Trump’s residence.

Pressure has mounted for Garland to say something so the public will understand why the Justice Department — and a federal magistrate — believed the extraordinary step of executing a search warrant at the home of a former president was necessary.

FBI’s search for Mar-a-Lago puts Garland in the middle of a political storm

Trump and his allies denounced the search as illegal and politically motivated, but offered no supporting evidence. They declined to publicly share a copy of the warrant, which remains under court seal.

This is a developing story. It will be updated.


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