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The reason why more than two dozen FBI agents were unleashed on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday has been revealed, according to a late Wednesday report.
The Washington Post claimed that, according to unnamed sources, agents were searching for highly classified documents on “nuclear weapons.”
Not surprisingly, the Post’s account didn’t provide any specifics regarding whether the alleged documents were about U.S. nuclear weapons or those possessed by another nation. Also, the Post’s report did not reveal what agents actually recovered during the search.
“If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” offered David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, which is responsible for investigating classified leaks.
“If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible,” he told the Post.
Justice Dept. lawyers have filed a motion to have the search warrant unsealed, a move that Trump readily agreed should happen.
“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing,” the motion says. “That said, the former President should have an opportunity to respond to this Motion and lodge objections, including with regards to any ‘legitimate privacy interests’ or the potential for other ‘injury’ if these materials are made public.”
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years,” Trump said in response Thursday evening.
“My poll numbers are the strongest they have ever been, fundraising by the Republican Party is breaking all records, and midterm elections are fast approaching. This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical. The world is watching as our Country is being brought to a new low, not only on our border, crime, economy, energy, national security, and so much more, but also with respect to our sacred elections!” he said.
“Release the documents now!” he concluded.
Donald Trump says he wants the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search warrant and evidence list released immediately pic.twitter.com/nkli1SWqlH
— Miranda Devine (@mirandadevine) August 12, 2022
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland noted during a Thursday press conference that he personally approved the search warrant on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Fla., and that the Justice Department was moving to unseal the warrant.
The raid has drawn massive bipartisan criticism, but most of it has come from Republicans and conservatives.
Fox News host and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino was clearly upset by the FBI’s raid.
During an interview on network colleague Jesse Watters’ “Primetime” program, Bongino went ballistic on the Biden administration and the Justice Department, which he accused of becoming highly politicized in recent years, describing the raid as “third-world bullshit.”
“This is some third-world bullshit right here,” Bongino said. “Let me say it again, third-world bullshit. I mean every word of that. I don’t care that it’s cable news.
“I was a federal agent, I raised my right hand. And I swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. And I love this country. This is a freaking disgrace. A disgrace. We don’t live in Cuba. We don’t live under Kim Jong Un” of North Korea, he continued.
“We live in a constitutional republic. A representative democracy. You have a bunch of FBI agents raiding the home of a former president because they don’t like his politics? Are you kidding me?” he added.
“This is some third-world garbage that happened tonight,” he continued.