U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland called Donald Trump’s bluff on Thursday by announcing that he called for unsealing of the search warrant behind the FBI raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home.
After days with no direct comment, the AG revealed that he personally approved the search warrant and announced that the Department of Justice called to unseal the warrant for the public to see.
Honig Joined a Panel on CNN Newsroom
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.
“This is a remarkable and unusual move,” Honig said. “We essentially just saw Merrick Garland call Donald Trump’s bluff.”
Attorney General Merrick Garland echoed that position during a press conference, in which he noted that Trump had facilitated public discussion of the case by announcing the search in a statement.
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Merrick Garland Personally Approved the Search Warrant
The search warrant executed by the FBI on Monday was only described in vague generalities by Trump’s own lawyers. Prior to Garland’s press conference, Trump’s team had brushed off the idea that they should release the warrant, with one person close to Trump instead asking why the FBI had not released it themselves. They weren’t the only ones making that case. A number of prominent Trump allies and lawmakers had demanded that the department do so.
“To the AG & FBI Dir: RELEASE THE WARRANT NOW. The American people deserve to see it. NOW,” wrote Trump ally Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Twitter.
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