Updated Aug 12, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Trump says he won't oppose Mar-a-Lago search warrant release

Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas.
Former President Trump at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, earlier in August. Photo: Brandon Bell/Getty Images

After former President Trump said the warrant authorizing the FBI to search his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida should be publicly released, the Department of Justice told the court Friday that his lawyers won't object to releasing the documents.

Driving the news: Responding to Merrick Garland's request to a federal court earlier Thursday to unseal parts of the warrant that the attorney general personally approved, Trump said in a statement: "Release the documents now!"

What he's saying: "Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid … I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents," Trump said.

Context: U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart had given the Justice Department until 3 p.m. Friday to notify him of whether Trump's attorneys opposed the unsealing of the warrant and property receipt.

Of note: CNN, NBC News, the Washington Post and E.W. Scripps Company filed a motion Thursday seeking to have "all probable cause affidavits filed in support of the search warrant" of Trump's Palm Beach residence unsealed due to "the historic importance of these events."

  • Public access to the records "will promote public understanding of this historically significant, unprecedented execution of a search warrant in the residence of a former President," the outlets said in the filing.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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