Trump FBI raid: Garland's DOJ faces growing pressure to release information on unprecedented search

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Calls are growing for the Department of Justice to release information on its Monday raid at former President Donald Trump's Florida home, as the agency remains silent on the unprecedented move two days later.

"The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said Tuesday. "Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately."

McConnell was joined in demanding an explanation from the DOJ by several other top Senate Republicans, former Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, former Vice President Mike Pence, House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mike Turner, R-Ohio, and many more.

Trump on Monday announced that his palatial Florida residence had been raided. Sources told Fox News Digital the search was in connection with classified materials that Trump took with him from his time as president. Sources also said National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department, which recovered 15 boxes of classified materials from the home.

A source familiar told Fox News that the raid occurred early Monday morning. The source said agents brought a "safe cracker" and cracked a "relatively new" safe in Mar-a-Lago. The source told Fox News there was "nothing in it."

A raid on a former president's property by the Justice Department has not happened before in American history. With many in the GOP leery of the DOJ and FBI after instances of political bias and alleged broken protocols in past investigations of Trump, several Republicans vocally said they're suspicious of the department's motives.

"This is the same organization that obtained warrants against Carter Page in the Russian investigation that were so flawed the court rebuked the Department of Justice," Sen. Lindsey Graham R-S. C., said at an event in South Carolina. "This is the same FBI that had agents in charge of investigations of Trump that ignored every exculpatory matter and assumed the worst."... (Read more)