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Attorney general’s attempts to defend Trump raid do little to quiet GOP attacks


Efforts by the nation’s top law enforcement official to provide clarity on the FBI’s unprecedented search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate have done little to quell the fierce blowback from some Republican lawmakers.

Despite an extraordinary press conference from Attorney General Merrick Garland and the unsealing of the warrant that allowed FBI agents to seize highly classified documents from Mr. Trump’s private residence, top Republicans continue to rail against the Department of Justice’s actions and demand greater transparency into the information used to obtain the warrant.

“No one is above the law. Donald Trump is not above the law, and Attorney General Merrick Garland is not above the law, either,” Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio, the House Intelligence Committee’s top Republican, said Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Congress has the powers of oversight. [Mr. Garland] needs to comply … His actions are unprecedented.”

The unsealing of the search warrant revealed that the DOJ is investigating Mr. Trump for three potential violations of federal law related to the documents: the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and the removal or destruction of records.

Accusations of politicizing the FBI prompted Mr. Garland to make a rare public statement last week defending the agency’s actions that

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