Senior DOJ officials are blaming FBI Director Christopher Wray for the recent raid of Trump’s house, attempting to relieve pressure off US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
On Monday, after Trump confirmed the FBI had raided Mar-a-Lago, numerous Republican officials called on both Wray and Garland to justify the raid.
“This Friday, Wray, and Garland come to the House Judiciary Committee and answer our questions about today’s action, which has never happened in American history,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), the committee’s top Republican, stated.
Additionally, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) criticized the DOJ’s “intolerable state of weaponized politicization” and urged Garland to “preserve your documents and clear your calendar” if the Republicans take control of the House after November’s midterm elections.
Rep. Peter Meijer (R-MI), who cast a vote to impeach Trump after the January 6 Capitol Riots, said both Wray and Garland “owe transparency regarding the basis for establishing such a significant precedent.”
However, one high-ranking DOJ official told Newsweek that FBI director Wray made the final decision for the Mar-a-Lago raid.
“I can assure you that this was a case for the U.S. Attorney and the FBI,” according to the source.
“It’s more of the Bureau misunderstanding the impact,” said a source.
After the raid, a DOJ source told Newsweek that Wray had given the final go-ahead. Attorney General Garland, according to Newsweek, was “often updated” on the investigation into Trump and knew “about the grand jury and what information federal prosecutors were seeking.”
However, the source told Newsweek that “Garland was not informed of the date and time of the particular raid, nor was he requested to approve it.”