Following the FBI raid of the Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida, former President Donald Trump allegedly attempted to convey a message to Attorney General Merrick Garland, according to a report.
The report from The New York Times says that Trump wanted to inform Garland of the outrage over the FBI search.
Trump was trying to convey to Garland that the country was “on fire” and that he wanted to know what he could “do to reduce the heat?” according to a person familiar with the exchange, the Times reported.
The Times said a person close to Trump reached out to Garland to give him the message via a Justice Department official, but it was unclear if it was delivered.
The FBI had raided Trump’s residence to recover boxes of documents the former president had taken when he left office. It was unclear whether or not the documents contained declassified information or not and Trump claimed he had been working on returning them.
Since the raid, Trump supporters have taken to FBI offices nationwide, protesting the law enforcement agency. In Cincinnati, a gunman was killed after trying to enter the FBI building, Business Insider reported.
The FBI has also been investigating what one law-enforcement official called an “unprecedented” number of threats against personnel, CNN reported.
The search warrant leading to the raid was personally authorized by Garland, who broke that news during a press conference on Thursday.
It is believed the message from Trump was conveyed to the Attorney General shortly before the announcement, the Times reported.
On Friday, the warrant was unsealed by a federal judge, and Trump, who had been demanding its release, responded by denying he did anything wrong. He even went as far as to imply the FBI may have planted evidence.