Attorney General Rejects Trump’s Assertions of FBI Approval to Shoot in Raid

U. S Attorney General Merrick Garland
U. S Attorney General Merrick Garland. Credit | REUTERS

United States – On Thursday, U. S Attorney General Merrick Garland dismissed former president Donald Trump’s assertions that the FBI was pre-authorized to shoot him during the infamous raid on his Florida club in August 2022 as false and highly risky.”

Garland Clarifies Standard Operating Procedures

Garland said that Trump and some of his supporters were speaking about a “standard operating procedure” that regulates when an agent can use lethal force during search warrants’ serving, as reported by Reuters.

The former president took documents with him after his presidency ended, and the FBI seized files from Trump’s Florida club in August 2022. Cops discovered many records that precipitated one of the current four criminal charges Trump is facing.

Prior to the search, the FBI published a policy statement that was leaked this week to authorize law enforcement to use lethal force only if an individual officer or another individual were in imminent danger. It should be noted that at the time of the search, Trump was not around.

Trump’s Falsehoods and Political Maneuvering

Trump, the Republican candidate competing against Democratic President Joe Biden in the November 5 election, mired himself in falsehoods in the mail by the Trump campaign, which falsely stated that the FBI was legally allowed to try to assassinate.

“BREAKING FROM TRUMP: BIDEN’S DOJ WAS AUTHORIZED TO SHOOT ME!” read one e-mail titled “I nearly escaped death.”

“It’s just been revealed that Biden’s DOJ was authorized to use DEADLY FORCE for their DESPICABLE raid in Mar-a-Lago.”

Garland, the attorney general who presides over the FBI, described such policies as standard procedure. The FBI also used them during consensual searches of Biden’s homes in a separate case regarding classified documents.

“That is an absolute lie, and it’s deadly,” Garland said during the press briefing, where he announced a federal lawsuit against the concert organizer Live Nation.

The use-of-force document was among the hundreds of pages of records released this week in the criminal case alleging that Trump violated the law by keeping classified documents from the White House in 2021. Trump has entered a not-guilty plea in response to the charges leveled against him.

Legal Ramifications and Trump’s Defense

He has been attempting to exclude the evidence obtained during the search claiming that it infringed on his Fourth Amendment rights under the U. S. constitution, as reported by Reuters.

FBI agents recovered approximately one hundred classified documents at Mar-a-Lago during the recently conducted court-sanctioned search, following Trump’s disobedience to the government’s orders to return the documents.