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Attorney General Merrick Garland has asked the federal court to unseal the search warrant of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. This request came after Garland specified that he “personally approved” the FBI to seek a search warrant for Monday’s unprecedented raid.

Garland made a statement from the Department of Justice Thursday that the agency “does not take such a decision lightly” regarding the decision to act on the search warrant.

“It is standard practice to seek less intrusive means as an alternative to a search and to narrowly scope any search that is undertaken.”

The White House said Tuesday that President Biden was not made aware of the planned raid.

Garland says the DOJ has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant that was used at Trump’s residence. Garland said the government filed to make the warrant public because Trump has publicly talked about incident which has caused a “substantial pubic interest in this matter.”

The AG also confirmed that copies of the search warrant and property receipt were given to Trump’s lawyers. Trump’s team claimed earlier this week that no copies were given at the time.

Trump’s attorneys will have to decide if they oppose the warrant’s public release by 3pm Friday. Trump’s lawyer, Christiana Bobb told NewsNation “it doesn’t appear at this time like we would object.” 

If approved it is not said when a request might be granted by the judge or when the documents would be released.