Garland Calls Trump’s Bluff as Justice Department Moves to Unseal Warrant

WASHINGTON — Attorney General Merrick B. Garland on Thursday called former President Donald J. Trump’s bluff.

Ever since the F.B.I. executed a search warrant at Mr. Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, Mr. Trump and his supporters have been portraying the search as baseless and politically motivated.

The investigation centers on whether Mr. Trump improperly took sensitive materials with him from the White House and then failed to return all of them — including classified documents — when the National Archives and the Justice Department demanded that he do so.

But Mr. Trump has chosen to keep secret the warrant and the list of what the F.B.I. took from his Mar-a-Lago club and estate — documents that very likely lay out what law or laws investigators believe may have been broken, what evidence supporting that belief they thought they would find there and what they seized.

Mr. Garland and the investigators working on the case had made no public comments after the search, which…

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This article was written by Charlie Savage and originally published on www.nytimes.com