Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference this past Thursday to reveal that he personally approved the controversial raid on former President Donald Trump’s home last week.
According to The New York Times, a member of Trump’s team sent a message to the Department of Justice (DOJ) just before Garland spoke to reporters.
Trump asks what he can “do to reduce the heat”
The paper reported that “a person close to Mr. Trump” told a DOJ official that the former president “had been checking in with people around the country and found them to be enraged by the search.”
The unnamed individual is said to have conveyed a message directly from Trump, who declared, “The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?”
Meanwhile, Fox News reported that the former president reiterated that message during an interview on Monday morning.
“The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one — years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” Trump was quoted as saying.
“If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,” the former president continued.
“There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country — at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times,” he continued.
Although Trump indicated that he “has not heard yet” whether those at the DOJ are interested in accepting his offer, he suggested that it would be prudent for them to do so.
Report says some of the seized documents are protected by attorney-client privilege
“I think they would want the same thing — I’ve never seen anything like this,” the former president stressed. “It is a very dangerous time for our country.”
During his press conference, Garland explained that the FBI’s search pertained to classified documents that are alleged to be in the former president’s possession.
Yet on Saturday, Fox News cited unnamed sources as saying that some of the material agents seized are protected under attorney-client privilege while others may be protected by executive privilege.