You are weaponizing the #FBI‘s long standing general problems to shield the former Criminal-In-Chief. These are two completely different issues.
Investigate both the Criminal and the FBI for its utter inability to deal & stop this Criminal and his CRIMES!https://t.co/MjH9YpR0ks
— Michael Novakhov (@mikenov) August 11, 2022
An attorney for former President Trump said the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago focused on three specific areas: a bedroom, an office and a storage area.
Lindsey Halligan, a Florida-based lawyer for Trump who was at Mar-a-Lago during the search, told CBS News in an interview that she was not allowed to go into the complex while the search occurred and needed to stay outside between the ballroom and the residence.
Halligan said she first received a call that FBI agents were executing a search warrant at 10 a.m. on Monday, and she arrived about an hour later. Another attorney for Trump had already arrived.
She said 30 to 40 FBI agents conducted the search for eight hours, some of whom were wearing suits but most in casual clothing. She said 10 to 15 vehicles went into the property.
Halligan said she did not see agents taking any documents but believes they did.
The FBI conducted its search reportedly focused on records sought by the National Archives and Records Administration that Trump should have turned over when he left the White House. The National Archives recovered 15 boxes of material from Trump, including some containing classified information, earlier this year.
Trump has slammed the search, saying in a statement confirming it occurred that he has cooperated with relevant government agencies.
Halligan told CBS that Trump was shocked at the search and believed he had cooperated with investigators. She said he told her that he instructed his attorneys to turn over documents if they have them.
She said the search warrant was sealed. She said the search was “an appalling display of abuse and power — complete overkill.”
These claims have to be addressed and adequately answered by the FBI, and the sooner the better, to preclude the formation of another Big Lie.
However, the planting of evidence by the FBI does happen, and this has to be adequately addressed too.
Trump underscored that there were no witnesses to observe the FBI’s behavior, noting that the FBI instructed people at the resort, including his lawyers, to steer clear of the premises as agents conducted the search. He is slated to face a deposition before the New York Attorney General’s Office.
“Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting.’ Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never ‘raided,’ despite big disputes,” Trump said on his Truth Social platform.
Trump’s remarks follow similar concerns about evidence-planting from some of his allies. Trump lawyer Alina Habba said during an interview with Fox News’s Jesse Watters she was “concerned” about evidence-planting.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also asserted that he has “no idea” whether agents planted evidence at the resort during an interview with conservative commentator Charlie Kirk. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) also said there was an “extremely high probability that the FBI planted ‘evidence'” against Trump.
I think there is an extremely high probability that the FBI planted “evidence” against President Trump.Otherwise WHY would they NOT allow his attorneys or anyone watch them while they conducted their unprecedented raid?
They know the consequences of an empty handed power move. pic.twitter.com/zQ9ptmtFw6
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) August 10, 2022
On Monday, Trump revealed that FBI agents swarmed his Mar-a-Lago home while executing a search warrant. During the raid, they cracked open his safe and spent hours searching his property, per Trump’s statement on the raid. Trump decried the raid as a mark of “dark and dangerous times for America.”
Eric Trump subsequently told Fox News he was informed the raid was tied to a Justice Department investigation of his father’s alleged mishandling of classified material. He also noted that nothing was in the safe that the FBI opened.
In January, the National Archives and Records Administration collected about 15 boxes of material from his Mar-a-Lago resort it claimed were presidential records. Classified information was found in the document trove, so the National Archives referred the matter to the DOJ, which commenced an inquiry, David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States at the time, told Congress.
Amid the firestorm in Florida, Trump was spotted at Trump Tower in New York City Wednesday morning ahead of his scheduled deposition before the New York Attorney General’s Office. Attorney General Letitia James has been investigating whether the Trump Organization manipulated its financial values for business and tax benefits. She has reportedly already obtained depositions from Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.