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A group of Republican Congressmen demanded Friday that the US Attorney General, Merrick Garland, in addition to publishing the search warrant of Donald Trump’s house and the inventory of what was seized, explain the alleged “national threat” that led to the raid is.
Mike Turner, an Ohio Congressman and the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said the American people deserve answers.
Garland appeared before the press on Thursday to say that he authorized the search warrant for the former president’s Mar-a-Lago mansion and asked a Florida court to make public both that warrant and the inventory of what was seized by the FBI.
Trump himself accepted the request made by Garland and encouraged the “immediate” publication of the search warrant of his Florida residence.
As Turner explained, even if these documents are released, the Republicans want the FBI and the attorney general to disclose to the committee the imminent threat to national security on which they based their decision.
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He also added that they are very concerned about disturbing reports that there was an informant, perhaps even someone undercover in Mar-a-Largo close to the former president.
In this regard, they noted that they have sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray demanding that he disclose to them the process by which that informant was used.
The search of Trump’s house last Monday aimed to find classified documents on nuclear weapons that the former president took out of the White House, according to The Washington Post on Thursday.
The Post, which cited anonymous sources close to the investigation, said the raid responds to concerns in the U.S. government that the documents that Trump took with him upon leaving the presidency and containing sensitive information may fall into the wrong hands
The sources did not clarify whether the information allegedly found in Trump’s house concerned nuclear weapons in possession of the US or foreign powers, nor did they detail whether this material was indeed found.