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House Republicans say Justice Dept. still owes answers beyond unsealing Mar-a-Lago warrant

House Intelligence Committee Republicans say they are going to still have questions after the Justice Department’s anticipated launch of the warrant that led to the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.

GOP lawmakers on the committee say they continue to be involved in regards to the notion of an unwarranted escalation by the FBI that led to the raid and stories that the FBI had an informant positioned inside Mr. Trump’s internal circle. They vowed to proceed to press Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Christopher Wray for answers.

“We believe that after the release today that these questions will still remain unanswered,” the highest Republican on the committee, Rep. Michael Turner of Ohio, advised reporters on Friday. “That’s why our request remains that the director of the FBI and the Attorney General disclose to this committee the imminent national security threat upon which they based their decision to order a raid on the president’s home, underscoring that there were many other options available to them.”

Mr. Turner mentioned in a letter to Mr. Wray hours after the raid that he was “unaware of any actual or alleged national security threat” posed by any paperwork in Mr. Trump’s possession. He demanded an instantaneous briefing by Mr. Garland.

Since the search on Monday, a number of information retailers have reported, citing unnamed sources, that the FBI was searching for labeled, nuclear-related paperwork believed to be in Mr. Trump’s possession.

The committee Republicans on Friday cautioned towards drawing conclusions from the reporting.

“I’ve dealt with classified information in my several decades of being here, including nuclear issues,” Mr. Turner mentioned. “It would be very, very narrow of anything that just has the umbrella of nuclear weapons in it, that would rise to the level of an immediate national security threat.”

“Presidents deal, except in the Situation Room, largely with policy issues,” he mentioned. “It would be highly unusual for a president to have anything even in the Oval Office that rises to the level of an imminent national security threat.”

Other Republicans on the panel have been extremely skeptical of the reporting that the paperwork allegedly in Mr. Trump’s possession posed a menace to nationwide safety.

“We’ve been here before,” mentioned House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York. “I remember getting questions on the Russia collusion for years. So before you jump to conclusions and just accept information from sources who are not the attorney general or director of the FBI, let’s see what the facts are. That’s why transparency is key here.”

Mr. Garland on Thursday broke his almost weeklong silence in regards to the raid to dispel rumors surrounding the Mar-a-Lago search.

During his handle, Mr. Garland introduced that he had filed a movement to unseal the warrant resulting in the raid.

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