Federal investigators searched It’s Donald Trump The Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach was raided after an informant claimed he was storing confidential recordings at his private club, the Wall Street Journal said. reported.
Monday’s search reportedly came two months after federal law enforcement officials arrived Mar-a-Lago Let’s talk about the boxes of government documents that were stored there.
Federal officials searched Trump’s vast South Florida Residence obtained a warrant to obtain classified and White House records that the US Justice Department deemed Trump to have illegally kept, two sources previously told the Guardian.
Warrant, executed FBI Agents said the investigation involving Trump was strictly a criminal investigation.
Sources said Justice Department officials were concerned that the records had been illegally kept at Mar-a-Lago following recent discussions by government lawyers with Trump’s legal team. The unprecedented search of a former president’s home is the culmination of a fight between Trump and his 1978 Presidential Records Act — which mandates the protection of official records — and the parties that uphold that law.
The search and reports drew on an FBI informant in or around Trump’s inner circle Condemnation From Trump loyalists, they framed the search as partisan — and used it as a call to raise funds and mobilize voters for the November election.
Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green, a far-right Republican, derided potential informants as “traitors.”
“We now know that there was an FBI informant at Mar-a-Lago, who he was and how many FBI informants are around President Trump on a daily basis, working at his club, working at Mar-a-Lago, or maybe .Bedminster, or his staff? Green said on his webcast, According to Newsweek.
The Journal’s report details discussions between Justice Department officials and Trump’s lawyers regarding the records. On June 3, a top Justice Department official and three FBI agents visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home for a discussion. Boxes containing government records Sitting in a basement storage room with clothes, sweaters and golf shoes.
Trump and his team were unaware of the seriousness of the situation at the time of the meeting, the newspaper reported. “The former president arrived at the meeting at Mar-a-Lago on June 3 to shake hands,” the Journal reported. A source told the Journal that Trump said: “‘I appreciate the work you’re doing … let us know anything you need.'”
Several days later, the FBI sent a note asking for a more secure lock on the storage room door. However, in the following weeks, a person familiar with the stored documents told investigators More classified documents at a private club,” the Journal reported.
The possible existence of these records follows the removal of 15 boxes by the National Archives earlier this year. A source told the newspaper that Justice Department officials were skeptical that Trump’s team was open about the recordings still in his home.
Trump’s lawyer said the warrant for the search represented a possible violation of the Presidential Records Act and the law governing classified records. Trump has not released the warrant or discussed the records removed by federal agents.
House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the Justice Department had reached an “unbearable level of weaponized politicization.” Once Republicans win back the House, McCarthy said they would take over oversight of the Justice Department — warning Attorney General Merrick Garland to “secure your papers and clear your calendar.”