Certainly someone like Trump, with nothing to hide, wouldn’t oppose unsealing the warrant.
From Esquire, by Charles P. Pierce:
Back a few years, when his nomination to the Supreme Court was being unjustly stonewalled by Mitch McConnell, I spent the afternoon watching Merrick Garland preside over the D.C. Court of Appeals. The overwhelming feeling in the courtroom on that ordinary afternoon was one of serenity. Every lawyer to whom I talked said that was the way they felt when arguing in Garland’s court, as well. But none of them had any illusion that the business of the court was not getting done. This place had the low hum of a powerful machine.
On Thursday, while some armed and body-armored freak tried to storm an FBI field office in Cincinnati, Ohio, Garland took to the podium to discuss the service of the federal search warrant on the former president*’s estate at Mar-a-Lago In Florida. This is something that Garland almost assuredly did not want to do, but El Caudillo del Mar-a-Lago and the various lickers of his spittle have spent several days filling the media’s endless appetite for rage-filled junk food with rumors of planted evidence and banana republics. So Garland stepped out of character long enough to make a killer chess move and defend federal law enforcement against the onslaught of idiocy.
First, the chess move:
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause. The property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner. The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt in light of the former President’s public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter. Faithful adherence to the rule of law is the bedrock principle of the Justice Department and of our democracy.”
The motion puts the ball back in the former president*’s court. The DOJ is asking a judge to release the documents. Does the former president* want to contest it? If he doesn’t, then the documents get released—which is something he’s obviously tried to avoid since the warrant was served—and everything he and his sycophants have said this week is rendered many times more ridiculous than it looks at the moment. But if he chooses to fight the motion, then he looks guiltier than hell.
Second, the defense:
“Let me address recent unfounded attacks on the professionalism of the FBI and Justice Department agents and prosecutors. I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked. The men and women of the FBI and the Justice Department are dedicated, patriotic public servants. Every day, they protect the American people from violent crime, terrorism, and other threats to their safety, while safeguarding our civil rights. They do so at great personal sacrifice and risk to themselves. I am honored to work alongside them.”
That’s as far as he went. In all honesty, that was as far as anyone should have expected him to go. For too many prosecutors—and for far too many politicians in general—a press appearance like Garland’s would have felt perfunctory and insufficiently perforative. But for him, it was a firm step out of character, one far distant from the memory I have of that serene courtroom several years ago.
Business is getting done, though. And in his luxury suite in Hell, Timothy McVeigh nods knowingly and gets back to the work of being damned.