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CNN senior legal analyst Elie Honig said US Attorney General Merrick Garland called Donald Trump’s bluff Thursday when he announced he was calling for the search warrant behind the raid to be lifted. FBI on the former president’s house in Mar-a-Lago.
After days of no direct comment, the AG revealed that he had personally approved the search warrant and announced that the Justice Department had called to unseal the warrant for the public to see.
Honig joined a panel on “CNN Newsroom With Alisyn Camerota and Victor Blackwell” to comment on what he agreed was an “unprecedented” act by Garland.
“It’s a remarkable and unusual move,” Honig said. “We basically just saw Merrick Garland call Donald Trump’s bluff.”
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While some legal analysts criticized the lack of transparency surrounding the raid, leftists and media pundits hailed the FBI’s early actions as “Christmas” coming early. However, full details regarding the search warrant beyond speculation have yet to be revealed.
Honig explained: “As a result of this search warrant, Donald Trump has two documents, him and his lawyers. One is the search warrant itself with all the attachments, the other is this inventory or this received. Now these documents are going to have important information about the search. These are the documents that people said, ‘Well, if Donald Trump wants to make an issue of this, he should release them.’ to say is, “We, the DOJ, are going to release them. We’re going to see the judge. We’re going to ask the judge to unseal the documents, ie make them available to the public because DOJ policy is that they will only talk about things that are recorded by the court.
“So basically Merrick Garland just said, okay, Donald Trump, you’re not going to release them, we’re going to, we’re going to put these documents in front of the American public,” Honig added.
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Conservatives criticized Garland’s announcement for refusing to provide further details about the raid and attempting to defend the FBI and DOJ against political charges. The media has since attacked Republicans for trying to “politicize” the agencies.
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Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wrote that “there can be no more unjust accusation than that that Garland, of all people, brings politics to the Department of Justice”.
Fox News’ Gabriel Hays contributed to this report.