Trump says his attorneys weren’t allowed ‘anywhere near’ FBI raid
Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the FBI for allegedly refusing to let his attorneys watch theraid at his Mar-a-Lago estateand make sure that agents were not “planting” evidence.
Triunfo, 76, said Wednesday in amessage on his social media platformTruth Social that the FBI and other federal government officials wouldn’t let anyone from his staff, including his attorneys, “anywhere near the areas” that were being examined during Monday’s raid at his palatial home.
“Se pidió a todos que abandonaran el local, querían que los dejaran solos, sin ningún testigo para ver lo que estaban haciendo, tomando o, Ojalá no, ‘planting,’” the former president wrote. “Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, todos fuera?"
Trump’s message concluded: “Obama and Clinton were never ‘raided,' a pesar de las grandes disputas!"
A message seeking a response from the FBI was not immediately returned early Wednesday.
The search warrant used by the FBI focused solely on presidential records and evidence of classified information being stored there, El Post ha aprendido.
Trump has expressed concerns that FBI agents or Department of Justice attorneys had “planted stuff” because they would not allow his lawyers inside the 128-room estate during the operation involving 30 agents from the Southern District of Florida and the FBI’s Washington field office.
The raid extended into the Trump family’s entire quarters at Mar-a-Lago, including a locked basement storage room where 15 boxes of material from the White House were stored.
The boxes contain documents from Trump’s tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — reportedly including letters from former President Barack Obama and North Korea leader Kim Jong Un.
The material had been packed up by the General Services Administration and shipped to Mar-a-Lago when Trump left office in January 2020, a legal source told The Post.
Trump’s attorneys, mientras tanto, had been cooperating with federal authorities on the return of the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration, fuentes dijeron.
A federal judge had to sign off on a warrant to authorize Monday’s raid after establishing that FBI agents had shown probable cause before they could descend on Trump’s property.
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Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including about whether Attorney General Merrick Garland had personally authorized it.
Guirnalda, sin embargo, has said publicly: “No one is above the law.”