Opinion: The Mar-a-Lago search could signal the end of another 'long national nightmare'

File photo by Kenny Holston of The New York Times / U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland makes remarks during a speech in Baton Rouge, La., on March 18, 2022. Garland has offered no explanation after authorizing the first known search warrant on a former president.

Why now? What explains the thunderous revelation that the FBI executed a search warrant on Monday at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence? The apparent focus was documents the former president removed from the White House.

A very plausible answer is that a charge related to official documents could swiftly and cleanly serve as the basis for a satisfactory resolution of the pox on the country that is Donald Trump.

A more straightforward, prosaic answer to why the warrant was served is that the Department of Justice has assembled evidence of probable cause that evidence of a crime would be found at Trump's Florida home.

The Justice Department and the FBI have crossed the Rubicon, and they know it.

The majority of those who are the subjects of federal warrants wind up getting charged with federal offenses.