US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that the Justice Department had asked a court to unseal the search warrant for former US President Donald Trump's Florida home.
He cited "substantial public interest in this matter" in unsealing the search warrant and itemized receipt of what was seized. It was the first time Garland publicly spoke about the raid.
FBI agents searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago property on Monday, reportedly searching for classified documents that should have been turned in after his presidency.
The unannounced operation on his Florida home was a politically explosive escalation of a federal investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House.
Since the raid, Garland and his department have faced a fierce backlash from the Republican party as well as Trump and his supporters.
Earlier on Thursday, a man wearing body armor attempted to overwhelm security at an FBI field office in Ohio, and was injured in a subsequent shootout.
No more details of search
Garland did not provide further details on the search, or the details of the warrant, but underscored that his department would not undertake such a search lightly.
Garland said he personally approved the FBI's search of Trump's property.
It was unclear if and when the court would unseal the documents, but the motion to do so appeared to confirm the raid was searching for classified documents.
"The occurrence of the search and indications of the subject matter involved are already public," the Justice Department wrote in a court filing, citing a New York Times article on the raid.
Trump and his lawyers have copies of the documents, but have not shared them with the public.
Following Garland's announcement, Trump released a statement saying his attorneys and representatives "were cooperating fully."
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