FBI briefed by informant who guided them to documents during Mar-A-Lago raid: reports

An informant familiar with Mar-a-Lago and the location of classified documents that former President Donald Trump may have stored there tipped off the FBI before it executed a search warrant Monday, according to reports from Newsweek and the Wall Street Journal.

The National Archives recovered 15 boxes of documents from the Palm Beach, Florida residence in February before asking the Justice Department to investigate potential crimes by Trump in violation of the Presidential Records Act by storing government documents at home.

On Monday, the FBI searched the residence and private club, apparently as part of an investigation into whether Trump mishandled classified documents.

The raid did not happen without inside help.

Two senior government officials, who asked to remain anonymous but had information about the search, told Newsweek that an individual had guided authorities to documents at Mar-a-Lago and that the raid was to take place when Trump was out of town to avoid a galvanization. photo-op.

The Wall Street Journal corroborated these claims, speaking with unnamed sources who said the informant knew the location of these classified documents and that Trump was storing far more of them at Mar-a-Lago than the 15 boxes recovered in february.

The former president called the mishandling of classified documents a crime in 2018.

Local law enforcement officers stand guard outside Trump’s Mar-A-Lago property on August 9.

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Outraged Republicans, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.), rallied behind the former president in to suggest the Biden administration has armed the Justice Department against Trump. The former president spread a conspiracy theory on his Truth Social platform on Wednesday that the FBI hid documents at Mar-a-Lago.

“Monday’s brazen raid was not only unprecedented, it was completely unnecessary,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told The Journal. “President Trump and his representatives have gone to great lengths to communicate and cooperate with all appropriate agencies.”

FBI Director Christopher Wray, who has spoken out against threats against the agency by Trump loyalist supporters, was appointed in 2017 by Trump himself.

Sources close to Trump told Rolling Stone he was now so paranoid he feared being wiretapped – and was trying to uproot the FBI “rat”.

“He asked me and others, ‘Do you think our phones are tapped?'” a source told Rolling Stone. “Given the sheer volume of ongoing investigations into the (former) president, I don’t think he’s presuming anything outside the realm of possibility.”


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