‘The Office’ star tweets witty response to FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago


Office‘s Rainn Wilson went viral on Wednesday after he said NBCUniversal should oversee the “presidents leaving the White House” process.

Wilson cracked the joke in a tweet Wednesday in response to news that the FBI seized a dozen highly classified documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last week. The tweet amassed over 184,000 likes and hundreds of replies from fans of Officemany of whom applauded the actor’s idea.

FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago

The raid came amid an ongoing investigation into allegations that Trump improperly possessed classified federal documents at his home in Florida, a potential violation of the Espionage Act and other US laws.

Under the Presidential Records Act, former presidents are required to turn over all White House records to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) when they leave office. Trump, however, reportedly took 15 boxes of records with him when he moved out of the White House.

Here, Rainn Wilson attends the premiere of ‘Blackbird’ during the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival. ‘The Office’ star went viral on Wednesday for saying NBCUniversal should oversee the process of ‘departing House presidents White “.
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Although he returned those boxes to NARA earlier this year, there were still concerns that Trump had additional equipment. During last week’s raid at Mar-a-Lago, federal agents seized 11 sets of documents which were described as “Miscellaneous Classified Documents/TS/SCI”. They also seized four sets labeled “top secret”, three sets labeled “secret” and three sets marked “confidential”.

As of Tuesday, the investigation is ongoing and Trump has not been charged with any crime.

Tweet from Wilson

To prevent future presidents from walking away with classified documents, Wilson joked that NBCUniversal should help oversee the presidential transition of power.

“When Office wrapped up, we were watched like hawks by NBC to make sure we didn’t take any props, keepsakes or souvenirs with us. The props man was even threatened! Maybe NBC/Universal should oversee presidents leaving the White House,” he tweeted.

In response, BJ Novak, screenwriter and co-executive producer of Officetweeted a photo of a set prop, writing, “Lock me up.”

Twitter reacts

Commentators called Wilson’s idea “excellent” and many responded with their own Desk– related jokes.

“Sounds good to me,” Tyler Ferguson wrote.

“Great idea,” said Bhaskardancer.

“All of this could have been avoided if Secretary of State Toby Flenderson oversaw the process,” joked Jeff Ermann.

“Dwight would never have let that happen,” Just Shannon commented.

Kevin Kleifgen added, “Not the worst idea…provided Jim and Dwight film a classic prank war with POTUS in the West Wing.”

Newsweek contacted Rainn Wilson’s representatives for comment.




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