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Marjorie Taylor Greene is trying to impeach Merrick Garland, saying the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid was a 'a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent'

Business Insider logo Business Insider 8/14/2022 ydzhanova@businessinsider.com (Yelena Dzhanova)
Left: Merrick Garland; right: Marjorie Taylor Greene Left: AP Photo/Susan Walsh; right: AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool, File © Left: AP Photo/Susan Walsh; right: AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool, File Left: Merrick Garland; right: Marjorie Taylor Greene Left: AP Photo/Susan Walsh; right: AP Photo/John Bazemore, Pool, File
  • Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to impeach Attorney General Merrick Garland for the Mar-a-Lago raid.
  • Greene said Garland's approval to seek a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago "constitutes a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent."
  • The FBI recovered 11 boxes containing classified records that Trump took from the White House.

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Friday said she has filed articles of impeachment against Attorney General Merrick Garland. 

Greene's remarks come amid an FBI probe into the former president's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

Greene in the articles of impeachment wrote that Garland's "personal approval to seek a search warrant for the raid on the home of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J. Trump, constitutes a blatant attempt to persecute a political opponent."

The FBI on Monday conducted a raid on Trump's Florida property, and unsealed court documents reveal that the probe was part of an investigation into whether the former president violated three laws related to the handling of government documents. Among those laws is the Espionage Act, which could come with a 10-year prison sentence if Trump is convicted. 

 

Video: Attorney General Garland moves to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant (MSNBC)

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The FBI during its search recovered 11 boxes containing classified records that Trump took with him from the White House once he left office, according to the court records made public Friday. Some of the boxes were distinctly marked as "top secret," Insider's Sonam Sheth reported

Trump has so far denied all assertions of wrongdoing, saying that he had "declassified" the documents. He's also lodged a new defense, saying, "Everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time."

 

"President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents, including classified documents, from the Oval Office to the residence," a Friday statement from the former president said. "He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified the moment he removed them."

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