U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is due to issue a statement Thursday afternoon, the Justice Department said, after days of pressuring federal authorities to explain the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida residence. .
The Justice Department’s announcement that Garland would deliver remarks did not specify what the statement would be about. However, it will mark his first public comments since federal investigators executed a search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday as part of an investigation into the former president’s handling of classified records of his time in the White House.
The search sparked a fierce response from Trump and a backlash from Republicans, who criticized US law enforcement for what they described as a politically motivated intrusion.