The FBI has raided Trump’s Mar-A-Lago residence. In light of the fact that Trump has been setting the framework for a potential second presidential run, the action represents a substantial increase in law enforcement surveillance on him.
Update (2053ET): The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday allegedly had something to do with materials Trump took with him after leaving the white house, according to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R), who responded with a scathing statement.
“The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves,” said DeSantis. “Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”
Trump supporters have started to assemble in front of Mar-a-Lago.
Watch the video below:
Trump, who remains explicitly banned from using Twitter, just issued a statement on Truth Social in which he claimed that his Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, is “currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” an intrusion that “could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries.” He further asserts that the Fed’s presence was unannounced and that it was done thus for political reasons.
Below is his complete statement as it appeared on his Truth Social profile:
Local media outlets corroborated the raid by reporting that the FBI had carried out a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago. Although it is unclear why the search was conducted, “They just left.”
As expected, there were many knee-jerk responses on social media.
The New York Times reports:
The politics of the search cannot be disregarded, as Techno Fog points out. If the New York Times is to be trusted, there were other ways to solve Trump’s alleged offense – the delay in returning evidence – than by searching his residence and prying into a personal safe. There is little doubt that the search is an escalation by a desperate Regime dealing with their own domestic and international failings.
This does not necessary imply that the search had no other purpose. Could it be connected to the DOJ’s continuing January 6 investigation (although there is no guarantee given the politicization of Biden’s DOJ)? It might be too soon to tell, but maybe not. There were rumors last week that Pat Cipollone, the Trump White House Counsel, and Patrick Philbin, his senior deputy, had received subpoenas from a federal grand jury looking into events on January 6.
The author speculates that it is conceivable the January 6 Committee provided the DOJ’s route map, “which has poured out the thin gruel of purported criminal charges against Trump, alleging he and others, including attorney John Eastman, could be charged with”:
- Obstruction of an Official Proceeding (18 USC 1512(c)(2)); and
- Conspiracy to Defraud the United States (18 USC 371).
Each of these allegations, together with the DOJ’s pursuit of Trump and his legal counsel and advisers, contribute to the criminalization of politics, or as Technofog describes it, “arguments of law that might fail in the courts are now prosecutable offenses. Attempts to delay a vote count based on novel, and not corrupt, interpretations of the law can put you in prison. Issues surrounding the counting of state results or whether the Vice President can refuse to count electoral votes is a matter to be decided through the civil or political process, not through charges brought by vindictive opponents.”
We are still awaiting a formal response in the interim: