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 June 13, 2023

Senior FBI official releases damaging details about Mar-a-Lago raid

In an unprecedented step against a past president, almost two dozen FBI agents searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in August of last year. 

Trump's supporters have since denounced the raid as an act of political revenge by the current government in an effort to undermine the party's most probable opponent for the presidency in 2024, as The Conservative Brief reported.

The Biden administration, however, responded negatively to these claims, insisting that the raid was the natural continuation of an investigation into a suspect who was thought to be in unlawful possession of classified data.

As a former high-ranking FBI agent has testified, however, it is now clear that the raid was likely politically motivated to eliminate President Joe Biden's top competitor. In recent testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, senior FBI officer Steven D'Antuono expressed "strong concerns" about a number of procedural infractions leading up to the raid on Trump's estate in August 2022.

Just the News reports that in a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, the committee's chairman, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), detailed a number of rule violations that D'Antuono, a former Assistant Director of the FBI's Washington Field Office, claims were committed by FBI officials during the raid. According to the letter Jordan wrote to Biden's Justice Department director, he "noted several unusual features in the Department's handling" of the operation.

The former FBI agent noted the apparent lack of concern from the agency over the piles of sensitive documents discovered in President Joe Biden's garage, as well as "several irregularities" inside the Bureau prior to the operation.

D'Antuono wondered why the Miami Field Office, which is closer to Mar-a-Lago, hadn't been tasked with the raid instead. This choice alone suggests that the raid was more political than law enforcement-related.

The special agent also said that the FBI had not sought Trump's permission to examine his house prior to securing the search warrant.  Also, the agents involved did not wait for Trump's lawyer to show up before breaking in and searching the premises.

Finally, it was extremely rare that a U.S. attorney was not assigned to monitor the raid by the Justice Department. Jordan is asking Garland for an explanation, due to concern that a political purpose is also suggested by other issues with the raid.

For example, in April it was revealed that Vice President Joe Biden and the White House had lied about their role in the raid on Trump's Florida estate. Contrary to Biden's repeated denials, America First Legal was able to confirm through a Freedom of Information Act request that the Biden administration had spoken with the FBI and launched the raid by filing a "special access request."

In a press release, the group said that the documents prove that "Biden officials in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice unlawfully abused their power and then lied about it to the American people."

The FBI also visited Mar-a-Lago a few months before to the search but apparently decided not to take the records at that time.

The houses of either Biden or former Vice President Mike Pence, who were said to be in possession of sensitive data while lacking the necessary authorization to declassify them, were not raided by armed FBI officers. The only high-profile house raid was on Trump's.

Attorney for President Trump Alina Habba stated on Sunday that she "could not imagine" a situation in which the former chief executive would strike a deal with Biden's DOJ because doing so would be like making "an admission of guilt" and Trump had "done nothing wrong."

Written By:
Charlotte Tyler

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