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Trump uses FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home to solicit campaign donations

World Aug 09, 2022 10:32PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. A view outside the Trump Tower after former U.S. President Donald Trump said that FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in New York City, U.S., August 9, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' Delgado 2/2

By Sarah N. Lynch and Karen Freifeld

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Former U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday tried to turn the news that the FBI had searched his Florida estate to his benefit, citing the investigation in text messages and emails soliciting political donations from his supporters.

The unprecedented search marked a significant escalation of the federal investigation into whether Trump illegally removed records from the White House as he was leaving office in January 2021. Trump continues to flirt publicly with running again for president in 2024 but has not said clearly whether he will do so.

The warrant was related to the National Archives and Records Administration, which is charged with safeguarding presidential records that belong to the public, and whether there were classified documents at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The person said the FBI took about 10 boxes of papers, but that a safe that was searched was empty.

Trump tried to paint the search as a politically motivated move by President Joe Biden's administration at a time when the former president is playing a key role in Republican primaries ahead of the November midterm elections that will determine control of the U.S. Congress.

"They are trying to stop the Republican Party and me once more," Trump said in a fundraising email on Tuesday. "The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt, must be exposed and stopped."

Trump launched his Save America political action committee days after losing the 2020 election to Biden. It has more than $100 million in the bank, a formidable war chest.

His Republican allies in Congress vowed to launch an investigation of the search itself if they recapture control of the House or Senate in November. House Republicans including Representative Jim Banks were set to meet with Trump at his Bedminster, New Jersey, golf club on Tuesday.

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took a more measured approach, saying the country deserved a "thorough and immediate explanation" of what led to the search.

"Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately," McConnell said in a statement.

The Justice Department and FBI have declined to comment on or even confirm the search, which Trump revealed in a statement on Monday.

'WITHERING SCRUTINY'

The FBI could not have conducted the search without the approval of a judge who confirmed there was probable cause. The request almost certainly also would be approved by FBI Director Christopher Wray, a Trump appointee, and his boss, Attorney General Merrick Garland, who was appointed by Biden.

A White House official said Biden was not given advance notice of the search.

"This search warrant in my estimation probably underwent more withering scrutiny that any search warrant in the history of the Department of Justice," said David Laufman, a former Justice Department official who oversaw prosecutions of national security offenses.

The FBI earlier this year visited Trump's property to investigate boxes in a locked storage room, according to a person familiar with the visit. FBI agents and a Trump lawyer, Evan Corcoran, spent a day reviewing materials, the source said.

Corcoran did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The search is only an investigative step and does not mean that Trump will automatically face criminal charges, or that he would be found guilty of any wrongdoing.

It is a criminal offense to conceal or destroy government records. Any person convicted of violating a U.S. law called the Government Records Act could be barred from holding federal office and would face a prison term of up to three years.

Legal experts said it is unclear whether the disqualification provision is constitutional. The U.S. Constitution sets forth the qualifications for being a president, senator or U.S. representative. Previous Supreme Court rulings have held that Congress cannot limit the list of eligible officeholders.

The documents probe is one of several investigations that have focused on Trump since he left office, weeks after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in an unsuccessful bid to overturn his election loss. Trump continues to claim falsely that the election was stolen through widespread voting fraud.

Trump remains the Republican Party's most influential voice, and observers said this FBI search could bolster his standing with Republican voters.

"The Biden administration is only adding rocket fuel to Trump's campaign prospects and energizing his supporters who want him to run again," said Ron Bonjean, a Republican strategist in Washington. "There should be more transparency around the decision to have this FBI raid because it looks overly political and allows Trump to say he's being unfairly attacked."

Trump uses FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home to solicit campaign donations
 

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gab nea
gab nea Aug 13, 2022 8:11AM ET
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one second trump wants to be a dictator strongman, next second he is the wimpy victim! lowlife?
gab nea
gab nea Aug 10, 2022 9:58AM ET
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the loser hates paying his own legal Bills. he wants the people still duped by him to pay up. they are happy to pay a criminal's bill. obediently!
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 10, 2022 9:17AM ET
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The man never missses an opportunity for a good grift
Ming Li
Ming Li Aug 10, 2022 7:49AM ET
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Trump 2024!
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 10, 2022 7:49AM ET
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Please!
gab nea
gab nea Aug 10, 2022 7:49AM ET
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he will be in jail by then! roflmao
gab nea
gab nea Aug 10, 2022 7:49AM ET
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only communist sympathizers support trump! right ming li ?
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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We as a country are truely divided more than ever. When I read these comments it is sad to see so many Trump fans eventhough everybody knows Trump was the worst president in our history. Who has lied through his teeth his whole life. We must have many Putin lovers in here who would enjoy that US democracy dies and dictatorship takes over with Republican uneducated m.orons leading our country that would be good for Putin. I surely hope that FBI finds something is those boxes so that Trump finally can get what he deserves a clear view from a jail cell. The day I see him in handcuffs taken away by FBI for treason of our constitution I will surely open a bottle of Champagne and celebrate.
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Ken Roth Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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John Laurens  I dont care about the republicans getting majority in House of Rep as long as Trump is going to jail, but I hope that the poll is correct that gives democrats majority in the senate. This would represent the division in US we have today.
Robert Forsythe
Robert Forsythe Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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Kenny are you sure you're not mixing up Trump with Biden? Kenny how about 10% for the big guy?
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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Robert Forsythe big guy? Trunp hasnlike 200 lbs on Biden lmao
Ken Roth
Ken Roth Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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Robert Forsythe  Your problem is that US economy is doing much better under Biden than Trump who almost managed to ***it. Our employment are 3.6% compared to 10% under trump. The inflation is now falling and the gasoline price at pump is also falling, our international reputation is now being reestablished and we have partners know working with us. Our Export of energy has increased considerably with massive LNG exports. Biden has had success on almost all aspects, so to make this a failure is not going to be easy but I know republicans will always try and they will lie in order to reach their goals without caring about the benefit of the average american. They care only about their seat in congress.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 10, 2022 2:59AM ET
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Well said!
Ab Yz
Ab Yz Aug 10, 2022 1:37AM ET
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FBI should search Pelo-chit as well. Pretty sure that old B has a lot to hide.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 09, 2022 10:19PM ET
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When trumps own guy, fbi director wray, goes after him, you know the game is up
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 09, 2022 10:19PM ET
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Muh deep state!!! 😭😭😭😭
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 09, 2022 10:19PM ET
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THEY, Inc. got him addicted to adrenechrome and flipped him.
James Franigan
James Franigan Aug 09, 2022 10:05PM ET
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Shame on us. US is now a banana republic
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 09, 2022 10:05PM ET
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it turned into a banana republic the day that degenerate trump was elected
Robert Forsythe
Robert Forsythe Aug 09, 2022 10:05PM ET
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the real degenerate is Biden and you know it. The most corrupt politician...money laundering, China payoffs, protecting his crack head son and making millions for the "Big Guy". the guy should be in jail for the rest of his life. He will be impeached in 23
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 09, 2022 10:05PM ET
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Robert Forsythe lmao triggered cuck haha
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 09, 2022 10:05PM ET
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That sounds terrible. Have you called the police?
Vicente Perez
Vicente Perez Aug 09, 2022 9:59PM ET
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too bad this outlet is liberal
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Aug 09, 2022 9:59PM ET
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Wah wah a report was written based on available information but i dont like it wah wahhhhhh 😭😭😭😭
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Aug 09, 2022 9:59PM ET
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Only to the know-nothing kooks are facts liberal.
Maximus Maximus
Maximus Maximus Aug 09, 2022 9:50PM ET
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trump, a degenerate criminal con man, through and through
 
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