Trump Insists He Wants MAL Search Warrant Released–Which He Can Do Himself

President Donald Trump speaks during a Roosevelt Room event at the White House on May 9, 2019. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Ex-President Donald Trump said shortly after midnight on Friday that he welcomes the Justice Department’s move to release the search warrant the FBI used in its raid on his Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this week.

In a statement issued by his Save America PAC, Trump announced that he would not object to the unsealing.

“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,” the ex-president said.

“Release the documents now!” he declared at the end of his screed.

The thing is, Trump, who obviously has access to those documents, could do exactly that himself. Like, right now.

It’s unclear why he hasn’t done so.

The ex-president’s statement came in response to Attorney General Merrick Garland’s announcement that the DOJ had filed a motion to unseal the search warrant on Thursday.

“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing,” the DOJ wrote in the filing.

The FBI’s raid centered on Trump unlawfully stashing boxes of White House records (some of which were allegedly classified) at Mar-a-Lago instead of turning them over to the National Archives at the end of his presidency, as required by law.

Some of the records the FBI agents were looking for were classified documents related to nuclear weapons, according to the Washington Post. However, it’s unknown if the agents successfully found those documents.

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  1. Same could be said about DJT:

    Winston Churchill once said of John Foster Dulles "He’s the only bull I know who carries his own china closet with him."

  2. Reporting on this blather should focus on the fact Trump’s lying ( as he always does ). He does NOT want those document out but must feed his base lies and put on a tough guy act. The documents will out sooner or later and when that happens Trump will condemn the leak.

    Some day I’ll open up TPM and not see 5 images of Trump on the front page.

  3. Avatar for grants grants says:

    Donnie has demanded its release but will block it in court. It’s all about perception on social media for him.

  4. Avatar for ghost ghost says:

    Like @dicktater said last night, he just wants to look like he’s in control after a Very Bad No Good Day in which Garland very publicly proved who’s got the power now.

    The Magistrate is very likely going to unseal the warrant and receipt regardless of whether Donnie opposes it or not.

  5. “The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing,” the DOJ wrote in the filing.

    I think Garland was trolling with that.


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