Attorney General Merrick Garland is a “lamb” about to be “slaughtered” by former President Donald Trump, former National Security Adviser John Bolton said Tuesday on CNN.
CNN’s “New Day” host John Berman asked Bolton to comment on the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) objection to releasing the search warrant affidavit. Bolton said Garland is “being overwhelmed” politically but that his legal reasoning seems legit.
“I think it says there are very significant problems here for President Trump and many of his advisers, post-presidency,” Bolton said. “But I think we’ve got to distinguish between the legal battle that’s going on and the political battle. I think the Justice Department position sounds perfectly reasonable on the legal battle.”
Bolton, however, said when it comes to the political side of things, Garland is being “overwhelmed.”
“If we were in a Colosseum with two gladiators, one of them Donald Trump, the other Merrick Garland, we’d be about to witness the slaughter of the lambs. The Justice Department understandably wants to follow its normal procedures. It’s facing an adversary who couldn’t care less about the normal procedures.”
Bolton did say that the department is “not doing enough” to justify why the search warrant on Mar-a-Lago was executed. (RELATED: ‘Are You Out Of Your Mind Sir’: John Bolton And Newsmax Host Eric Bolling Get Into Blowout)
“They’ve got to do more to explain what they’re up to,” Bolton said, saying the DOJ needs to have a better PR strategy. “And they’ve got to think of creative ways to justify it to a very skeptical public, in many respects.”
The DOJ is opposing the release of the underlying warrant that would shed more light on the Aug. 8 raid. The DOJ made public the search warrant and property receipt shortly after the raid but Assistant U.S. Attorney Juan Antonio Gonzalez asked a judge not to unseal the warrant affidavit, arguing the release would risk “the integrity of an ongoing law enforcement investigation that implicates national security.”
The affidavit includes testimony from federal agents justifying the raid as well as witness information.