BREAKING NEWS: Attorney General Merrick Garland will make a statement at 2.30 PM TODAY after four days of silence over the Trump raid
- The announcement gave no details on what Garland would be discussing
- Republicans have been pushing Attorney General Garland and FBI Director Wray to speak in the days since the FBI’s unannounced search of Mar-a-Lago
- Donald Trump announced on Monday night that FBI ‘raided’ his Florida home
- A day later, one of his top allies in Congress, Rep. Scott Perry, had his cellphone seized by the FBI while he was traveling with his family
- The FBI operation at Mar-a-Lago was apparently related to National Archives
The Justice Department only announced Merrick Garland will speak roughly an hour before the attorney general’s expected remarks
Attorney General Merrick Garland will make an in-person statement on Thursday afternoon after growing calls from Republicans for him to speak out about the FBI‘s unannounced search of Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort.
It’s not clear what the attorney general will be discussing.
His last-minute appearance is coming days after the former president claimed his home was ‘raided’ by federal agents who apparently broke a padlocked door and seized documents sought by the National Archives.
Trump has been fuming since revealing news of the search on Monday night, when he said it meant ‘dark times for our nation.’
And a day later, FBI agents seized the cellphone of Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, one of Trump’s top allies in Congress who allegedly aided his efforts to try to steal the 2020 election.
But that seizure was related to another Justice Department investigation of the former president, regarding a ‘fake-electors scheme’ that he and his allies are accused of promoting to stay in power.
The raid on Trump’s home comes months after the National Archives asked the Justice Department to open an investigation into the Republican’s handling of classified records.
Officials from the Archives flew to Mar-a-Lago in January to retrieve 15 boxes of files that were meant to be handed over when Trump left office. Some have since been confirmed to have been labeled ‘classified.’
Garland’s Thursday appearance happened on the heels of a bombshell new CNN report that reveals federal authorities took documents from Mar-a-Lago in June and served a grand jury subpoena while on the grounds.
Trump was not in Florida when the FBI conducted its search but rather in New York City
But his days-long silence on the explosive raid has spurred fury among Republicans, some of whom are even calling for him to be impeached.
‘No one would have ever imagined before that we would be using or one political party would be using the FBI to attack their political opponents,’ Kentucky Senator Rand Paul told Fox News on Wednesday.
‘Now, this is really something that’s going to require an investigation. And I wouldn’t be surprised if the investigation leads to abuse of power that this could even lead to an impeachment of the attorney general.’
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley tweeted that ‘Garland must resign or be impeached’ at the very least, and that FBI Director Chris Wray should be removed altogether.
Monday’s raid was reportedly based on ‘witness claims’ of classified documents within Mar-a-Lago even despite the January collection and June DOJ visit, CNN reported on Thursday.