Former President Donald Trump is calling for the “immediate release” of documents related to Monday’s federal raid on his Florida compound, saying he will “not oppose” the Department of Justice’s request to unseal all warrants and property receipts associated with the investigation.
In a characteristically rambling post on his Truth Social platform late Thursday evening, Trump called the search of his Mar-a-Lago property “unAmerican [sic], unwarranted, and unnecessary,” and doubled down on his claim that the investigation into whether he absconded from the White House with unauthorized materials and documents — a violation of the Presidential Records Act — is nothing but a partisan witch hunt designed to further tarnish his reputation. He stated the Justice Department documents “have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me,” before boasting about his approval ratings.
“This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical,” Trump wrote. “The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections.” Trump ended the post with a singular rallying cry: “Release the documents now!”
Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the Justice Department would file a motion to unseal documents associated with the raid, citing “substantial public interest in this matter.” Later that evening, The Washington Post published a report citing numerous sources who revealed that documents relating to nuclear weapons and other classified intelligence were among the items federal agents sought to retrieve from Mar-a-Lago — although officials have publicly remained tight-lipped on the contents of the warrants pending Trump’s approval of the motion.
Trump’s statement comes as the beleaguered former president and his sycophants have grown increasingly paranoid of the federal government’s intentions behind the raid — with Trump going so far as to suggest someone in his inner circle is leaking information to officials, or that his communications were being monitored “by Biden,” as revealed by a Rolling Stone report earlier this week. In recent days, prominent right-wing politicians called for the “defunding” of the Justice Department and FBI, while Trump-friendly media outlets perpetuated the notion that the investigation signals the crumbling of American democracy. “When we get power back, it’s time to hold everyone accountable,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham said Monday. “The military leadership, the civilian leadership, the civil service, those in Congress who have abused their power — all of them have to be held accountable.”