It did not take long for former President Donald Trump to make his feelings known about unsealing the search warrant executed at his Florida home on Monday. Trump posted on his Truth Social platform, “Release the documents now!” just before midnight on Thursday.
A federal judge had given the Justice Department a deadline to find out if the former president favored unsealing the search warrant and property receipt. His answer was quick and unequivocable.
Anyone who is now demanding we take the Washington Post nuclear secrets story at face value with zero evidence must answer these two questions first:
1) did Trump collude with Russia?
2) have you admitted you were wrong about that?
Then we can talk about credibility
— Buck Sexton (@BuckSexton) August 12, 2022
Trump acknowledged that the documents were drawn up by “radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents.” He also noted that they have a major interest in attacking him and have done so for the past six years.
He called the raid on his Mar-a-Lago residence “unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary.” Trump said the raid may stem from an attempt to keep him from seeking the White House again and represents “weaponization” of the federal government’s powers on an “unprecedented” scale.
Still, he said that he not only will not stand in the way of their release but will go “further by ENCOURAGING” their immediate unsealing.
The Justice Department on Thursday filed a motion to unseal the warrant while facing sharp criticism from several quarters for its lack of transparency. It hedged its request by stipulating the motion is “absent objection from the former president.”
Then, of course, there’s the matter of never in the history of the United States has a president, current or former, been served with a search warrant.
In further developments, the Washington Post reported Thursday that the FBI’s search for classified documents included some related to nuclear weapons. This, of course, would greatly increase the seriousness of what to many appears to be a politically motivated action.
The former president responded on Truth Social by calling the report a “hoax.”
The good news is that the search warrant appears to be about to see the light of day. It is a sad time when the power of the Justice Department can be used to silence a political opponent, and if there is a more serious basis to the FBI’s raid than that, the public desperately needs to know.