North Central College in the News

North Central College dean interviewed on WGN-TV and WGN-AM Radio

Aug 26, 2022

Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo analyzed Justice Department’s request to unseal warrant that authorized the FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate

Following the federal agent raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida, Attorney General Merrick Garland made a public statement stating the Justice Department had filed a request for the search warrant and property receipt from the search be unsealed.

Garland also stated, “I personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter.” Having noted that the Justice Department did not comment on the search on the day that it occurred. He pointed out that the search was confirmed by Trump that evening. Garland said that copies of the warrant and the warrant receipt were provided to the Trump lawyers who were on site during the search.

Dr. Stephen Maynard Caliendo, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at North Central College, interviewed with WGN-TV and WGN-AM Radio on how the unsealing of these documents so quickly following the FBI raid was deemed unprecedented.

“Merrick Garland indicated that he wasn't planning to do this so quickly, and that was the former president and his legal team who announced publicly that the raid had taken place at the search warrant was issued, removing the documents or from the premises,” said Caliendo. “So, as a result of that public declaration, Garland apparently felt that he needed to go public and ask for those documents be unsealed so the public could see more clearly what was really happening.”

Click here to watch the full interview on WGN-TV.

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