Donald Trump’s attorney has revealed that he and members of the Trump family watched almost the entire FBI search of Mar-a-Lago on surveillance cameras, further shattering the former president’s claims that agents would likely have “planted” any evidence that was collected.
“The people of New York – President Trump and his family – probably had a better view than me. Because they had CCTV, they were able to watch,” the former president’s attorney Christina Bobb said in an interview on Real America’s Voice on Thursday.
The Trump family “actually got to see it all,” she said. “They actually have a better idea of what happened inside.”
Trump was in Manhattan on Monday when FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago. Bobb was at the resort scene in Florida, but said she spent most of her time in a Mar-a-Lago parking lot “retrieving paper and answering questions” from investigators.
Eric Trump told the Daily Mail in an article Wednesday that he watched the search through surveillance cameras.
FBI agents removed 20 boxes of documents, including 11 sets of classified information, from Mar-a-Lago on Monday, according to the warrant and property receipt used by the FBI to search Trump’s Florida residence. .
Some of the classified information was top secret and intended to remain only in a secure government facility. Sources told The Washington Post in a report on Thursday that some of the classified documents were suspected to be related to nuclear weapons, which was a key reason for the urgency of the search.
The warrant said Trump was under investigation for possible violations of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice, and suppression and destruction of official documents.
Bobb said Mar-a-Lago officers initially asked staff to turn off the surveillance cameras, apparently citing officer safety. But the lawyers quickly ordered them to be turned on again.
“The cameras were only turned off for a very short time,” Bobb said.
Trump has repeatedly claimed on Truth Social that the FBI likely “planted” damaging evidence at Mar-a-Lago. It’s a charge that has been widely echoed by his supporters, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.).
Trump never mentioned on his social media platform that officers were in view of surveillance cameras for most of the search and were being watched by him and his family members, according to his own attorney. He insisted there were “no witnesses” to the search.
“Has anyone planted information?” Trump wrote sarcastically in a recent Truth Social article.
Bobb said of the FBI in an interview earlier this week that there was “no security” to prevent the FBI from planting evidence. But she quickly added, “I’m not saying that’s what they did.”
Bobb also noted, “I don’t necessarily think they would even go so far as to try to plant information.”