Trump says the FBI wouldn’t let his lawyers witness a raid

Former President Donald Trump blasts the FBI days after agents raided his Mar-a-Lago estate – claiming his lawyers were kept at bay as agents searched for classified documents he allegedly took on the run White House.

Trump, 76, said in a post on his social media platform Truth Social on Wednesday that the FBI and other federal government officials would not allow any of his personnel, including his lawyers, “anywhere near the areas which were being examined during Monday’s raid. in his sumptuous residence.

“Everyone was asked to leave, they wanted to be left alone, with no witnesses to see what they were doing, carrying away or hopefully not ‘planting’,” the former president wrote. “Why did they STRONGLY insist that no one was watching them, everyone outside?”

Trump’s message concluded: “Obama and Clinton were never ‘raided,’ despite big differences!”

A message requesting an FBI response was not immediately returned early Wednesday.

Trump’s comments come after FBI agents spent nine hours going through his private office on Monday, as well as breaking into his safe and even searching Melania Trump’s wardrobe.

The search warrant used by the FBI focused only on presidential records and evidence that classified information was stored there, The Post has learned.

Trump has expressed concerns that FBI agents or Justice Department lawyers ‘planted stuff’ because they wouldn’t allow his lawyers into the 128-room estate during the operation involving 30 agents from the Southern District of Florida and the FBI’s field office in Washington.

The raid extended to all of the Trump family’s quarters at Mar-a-Lago, including a locked basement storage room where 15 boxes of White House gear were stored.

The boxes contain documents from Trump’s tenure at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, including letters from former President Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

The material had been packaged by the General Services Administration and shipped to Mar-a-Lago when Trump left office in January 2020, a legal source told the Post.

Trump’s attorneys, meanwhile, had been cooperating with federal authorities to return the documents to the National Archives and Records Administration, sources said.

A federal judge had to sign a warrant to authorize Monday’s raid after determining that FBI agents had shown probable cause before they could descend on Trump’s property.

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including whether Attorney General Merrick Garland personally authorized it.

Garland, however, has publicly stated, “No one is above the law.”

With post wires

New York Post

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