Attorney General Garland issues statement after FBI probe of Trump

Attorney General Merrick Garland is scheduled to release a statement Thursday afternoon, three days after FBI agents raided the former president’s Florida home. Donald Trump.

The Justice Department, which Garland chairs, has faced pressure since that raid to provide a public explanation for the search of Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago club.

Republican Trump and his allies said the search was politically motivated and pointed the finger at the administration of President Joe Biden, a Democrat, in condemning the investigation.

Trump’s attorney, Christina Papp, said the FBI seized about a dozen boxes from the home on Monday.

Agents left a copy of the search warrant, which indicated they were investigating possible violations of the Presidential Records Act and laws related to the handling of classified material.

A senior White House official told NBC News on Thursday that he did not know what Garland would say.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks to reporters at the Justice Department after three defendants were found guilty of federal hate crimes in the killing of black teenager Ahmed Arbrey on February 22, 2022 in Washington, DC, U.S.

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“We had no notice that he was making the comments and no explanation as to their content,” the official said.

The Justice Department and Garland have a longstanding policy of not commenting on criminal investigations before charges are filed.

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