Plenty of experts have speculated on why Biden’s FBI raided Trump’s home. The official claim, for now, was that the National Archives wanted some documents Trump was holding onto.
Those claims, some have said, are not strong grounds to raid his home, especially after Trump and his lawyers said they had been cooperating with the government.
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The senior Justice Department source says that Garland was regularly briefed on the Records Act investigation…
He insists, though, that Garland had no prior knowledge of the date and time of the specific raid, nor was he asked to approve it.
“I know it’s hard for people to believe,” says the official, “but this was a matter for the U.S. Attorney and the FBI.”
UPDATE: Attorney General Merrick Garland called a last-minute press conference to make a statement, and here is what he said. From CNN:
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he “personally approved” the decision to seek a warrant for the FBI to search former President Trump’s Florida home at Mar-a-Lago.
“The department does not take such a decision lightly. Where possible, it is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken,” Garland said.