By Trevor Schakohl
A confidential informant told the FBI the location of classified documents seized during the agency’s Monday raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, Newsweek reported, citing two senior government officials.
FBI agents raided Trump’s home early Monday and seized roughly ten boxes of documents in connection with files sought by the National Archives that Trump had brought to his home from the White House, according to multiple reports. The agents were executing a search warrant signed by Judge Bruce Reinhart.
The officials, one of whom is part of the Justice Department with three decades of FBI service, told the outlet the raid intentionally happened while Trump was not there to avoid a confrontation with the president and undue attention in the press. The FBI veteran called that decision a “spectacular backfire” despite terming the raid “a routine law enforcement action, stripped of any political overtones.”
The officials added that the documents had been illegally removed from the White House, according to Newsweek.
The other official said the goal was “to avoid any media circus,” according to Newsweek. The individual admitted that “even though everything made sense bureaucratically and the FBI feared that the documents might be destroyed, they also created the very firestorm they sought to avoid, in ignoring the fallout.”
Trump’s son Eric claimed the raid occurred over official presidential records the former president had brought from the White House, according to Reuters.
The Presidential Records Act only allows presidents to take official documents “of a purely private or nonpublic character,” the outlet reported. It disqualifies those who “willfully and unlawfully” remove other official records from all U.S. offices, fines them $2,000 or imprisons them for up to three years, according to Newsweek.
Newsweek’s two sources claimed the FBI claimed the documents the FBI raided Mar-A-Lago to recover were highly classified and had been taken from the White House illegally.
Trump and the FBI did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.
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10 thoughts on “Informant reportedly told FBI where to search Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago raid”
With the release of the warrant and list of government materials taken from Trump’s private residence we now know that this was a very serious matter of national security. One of the 11 boxes taken by the FBI was marked “top secret/SCI, which is among the highest possible levels that must always be stored in a secure facility.
There is no reason why and it was against the law for Trump to take these (and other government materials previously returned), from the White House when he left office.
The Republican Party has a number of qualified candidates that hold many of the same positions of Donald Trump but do not have the distain for our laws and constitution which provides for the separation of power, the orderly transfer of power and the rule of law.
It comes down to this: Does the Republican Party believe in the rule of law or does it believe in a deeply flawed individual who feel he has the right to do whatever he wants.
Re: “With the release of the warrant and list of government materials taken from Trump’s private residence we now know that this was a very serious matter of national security.”
Oh, really? You know nothing, Mr. Freitag.
You are simply parroting what someone else told you. You haven’t seen the documents. Never mind that these same people you’re mimicking (the FBI) illegally edited evidence to get a FISA warrant and leaked classified information to the NYT… not to mention pushing the so-called Steele Dosier, a falsified document put forth by the Clinton Campaign to perpetuate the ‘Russia Hoax’.
If anyone is deeply flawed, if anyone has disdain for our laws, Mr. Freitag, it’s you… aiding and abetting this dishonest behavior.
My favorite Ronald Reagan quote is “trust but verify’.
Always good advice, but on this issue particularly appropriate. Well worth a close look at the facts, what government material improperly taken to a private residence and how things were actually done.
Sounds like Trump had documents showing/proving the corruption of the democrats, and they don’t want them released to America. — Once I was in the USAF and had a TS clearance. Anything the leaders did not want made public was classified, and some of them had nothing to do with national security. They were classified to protect the evil people.
One of the things learned over the years, especially during my 3 terms on our local Selectboard, is not to jump to conclulsions. Best to listen to all sides and take the time to make sure all aspects of an issue are known before making any decisions.
The story of the government documents that Donald Trump improperly took to his private home after his term of office ended is still being played out. The Justice Department has sought permission from the court to release the warrant and the list of materials taken. Unless Trump blocks the publication of these documents ( and why should he?) by 3pm on Friday, we will know a good deal more of actual facts about this search.
The Justice Department has made some major misteps or Donald Trump has. Either way we should be able to learn more soon about this situation and who is in the wrong.
“the goal was “to avoid any media circus” – gives us an idea of what they will feel empowered to do if the Democrats (who are nominating their more Fascistic candidate) succeed in increasing their governmental powers after the next two elections. “Not likely”? – Recall Biden (from the basement campaign) outnumbered even Obama with his eighty one million votes. They will no longer be concerned with the media. They’ll control it. And you, too. “Your vaccination papers, please?”
Wow, they sure are scared of DJT in 2024, these feckless bitter fools will never learn,
they just awakened the sleeping dog in the country, they will regret this boondoggle !!
Wake up people, if they can do what they want on a former President, we the people
don’t have a chance…….and they want 87,000 new IRS agents ” armed ” why, what’s
Wake up people.
An ‘informant’? Really?
According to CNN (and a WSJ report) – “It remains unclear why those around the former President believed the investigation had stalled, but in June, his attorneys received a letter from investigators asking them to preserve the remaining documents in his possession “until further notice,” one source told CNN.”
So, the investigators already knew there were documents still at Mar a Lago.
None of this makes sense. Especially given that the warrant has yet to be made public.
And that the FBI took the documents, without the usual observation, confirmation, and chain-of-custody record of what the documents actually were, opens the door for someone to ‘plant’ evidence… or claim that evidence was planted.
FBI = the Keystone Cops.
Don’t forget, NEWSWEEK was at the forefront spreading the totally fabricatedl lies of the Trump Russia collusion…FOR YEARS…and every other specious thing Pelosi, Shumer, Adam Schiff, DOJ and FBI threw at Trump, to destroy him. Memorize this quote..it explains…the “fear” of what Trump could do to DC Deep State…: The need for control, is always a reaction to fear”.
Yeah right….the info is from discredited NEWSWEEK. i thought they went bankrup a while ago. Bias as far as the eye can see. if Trump had such nefarious or damaging papers….do you really think he would keep them keep them at his HOME? He is well aware that he is the target af every corrupt LAWFARE group you can think of. I do think the FBI thinks (or thought) there WERE damaging papers…and they are damaging to the DOJ & FBI :)..so they went in at all costs.
“The officials added that the documents had been illegally removed from the White House, according to Newsweek.
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