The Mar-a-Lago raid was a combination of a politically motivated stunt in advance of the 2022 Midterm elections and an effort to cover up documentary evidence of FBI wrongdoing in possession of President Donald Trump. It also attempted to discredit President Trump as a candidate for president in the 2024 presidential election. The warrant served had no basis in law under the Presidential Records Act, the Federal Records Act, or the Espionage Act as alleged by the Department of Justice-National Security Division (DOJ-NSD). During the FBI break-in, the FBI stole privileged attorney-client materials outside the scope of the search warrant, among other personal property.
The declassified documents President Trump possessed was the complete paper trail of FBI wrongdoing in the Hillary Clinton email cover up scandal, and the fraudulent FBI-engineered Trump-Russia hoax. All documents had been de-classified by President Trump, but still being withheld from public disclosure because of the ongoing investigation of Special Counsel John Durham into the origins of the Obama-era Trump-Russia hoax. President Trump had filed a RICO lawsuit against Hillary Clinton and several Crossfire Hurricane affiliated officials. This outraged and terrified the bad actors in the Deep State.
The agents improperly demanded that Mar-a-Lago staff turn off the surveillance cameras, which the workers properly refused to do. Trump is considering publicly releasing the video. The "probable cause" for the search warrant, which is required by the Fourth Amendment, has been hidden by the government for more than a week after the raid despite even the liberal media complaining about the improper concealment.
On November 15, 2022 a week after the 2022 Midterm elections in which 92% of Trump-endorsed candidates were swept into office, The Washington Post reported that FBI insiders claimed it was all a big misunderstanding, and that President Trump had merely collected memorabilia in Mar-a-lago. The following day, Biden top wingman Merrick Garland appointed a Special Counsel to determine if President Trump should be prosecuted over the bogus raid and false allegations.
- 1 The raid
- 1.1 Political motivation
- 1.2 Conflict of interest
- 1.3 Presidential Records Act
- 1.4 The documents
- 1.5 Inventory
- 1.6 Biden White House coverup
- 1.7 Outside the scope
- 1.8 Corruption
- 1.9 Reaction
- 1.10 Fake news
- 2 Mar-a-Lago raid litigation
- 3 Proposals for reforms
- 4 See also
- 5 References
- See also: Two-tier system
FBI internal regulations bar the FBI from making any political indictments or public disclosures 90 days prior to a general election. Monday August 8, 2022, a day that will live in infamy, occurred 91 days prior to the 2022 Midterm elections. On that day, the Wray FBI raided President Donald Trump's home and seized boxes of materials. Trump was said to be in possession of certain documents with dirt on the Deep State. FBI assistant director Alan Kohler coordinated the break-in at the behest of a DNC donor at the FBI. The warrant, signed by an associate of Jeffrey Epstein, authorized the seizure of "Any government and/or presidential record created between January 20, 2017 and January 20, 2021." Additionally, the FBI seized attorney-client privileged, as well as executive privileged information. President Trump, who has for many years been the target of corrupt FBI activities, suggested one purpose of the raid was to plant evidence. FBI and DOJ operatives again overstepped the separation of powers the following day by seizing Rep. Scott Perry's phone.
A Wall Street Journal oped noted:
|"Monday was a sad day for our democracy and a dark day for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The search of Donald Trump’s Florida residence was a politically sensitive operation that would have tested the FBI’s reputation for fairness and impartiality in the best of circumstances. But the bureau’s behavior since Mr. Trump came onto the political scene has already left its reputation in tatters."|
President Trump held evidence of a politically weaponized U.S. intelligence and justice system. To include an extensive paper trail showing how the DC apparatus under the Obama-era intelligence system, Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Dept. of Justice (DOJ) and FBI coordinated with the 2016 Hillary Clinton campaign to install her into office. President Trump issued an Executive Order declassifying all documents that he took with him to Mar-a-Lago before leaving office.
Beside rifling through First Lady Melania Trump's wardrobe, the FBI took alleged classified documents, which the President had declassified, threw them on the floor of President Trump's office and took pictures of the mess they made.
Among the declassified documents from DOJ files was said to be Jeffrey Epstein's client list.
A Special Master was appointed by a federal judge on Spetember 5, 2022 to review all the documents seized, including records and items deemed outside the scope of the Biden DOJ warrant. Judge Raymond J Dearie, Senior United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York, accepted the position on September 15, 2022.
In the weeks that followed, more than 40 other Trump associates were raided by the FBI.
After a string of primary wins by Trump endorsed candidates, the raid occurred on the 91st day prior to the 2022 Midterm general elections. DOJ internal regulations bar the department from bringing an indictment of a candidate which may affect the outcome of a general election within 90 days of the election.
The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution prohibits anyone who engaged in insurrection against the United States from holding public office. The J6 committee failed to produce any evidence of an insurrection, so the Biden DOJ went on a fishing expedition to find evidence, or plant evidence, to produce an indictment against President Trump and Trump-endorsed candidates.
President Trump's lawsuit
In March 2022 President Trump filed a lawsuit for damages against:
- Hillary Clinton, Hillary for America Campaign Committee, DNC, DNC Services Corp, Perkins Coie, Michael Sussmann, Marc Elias, Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Charles Dolan, Jake Sullivan, John Podesta, Robby Mook, Phillipe Reines as well as Fusion GPS, Glenn Simpson, Peter Fritsch, Nellie Ohr, Bruce Ohr, Orbis Business Intelligence, Christopher Steele, Igor Danchenko, Neustar Inc., Rodney Joffe, James Comey, Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Kevin Clinesmith and Andrew McCabe.
All the seized documents in the August 8, 2022 raid was evidence against the above named individuals and entities.
The primary architect of the fraudulent Carter Page FISA warrant, the targeting and harassment of Gen. Michael Flynn, and Trump impeachment 1.0, Mary McCord (DOJ), appeared on ABC News This Week with Clinton crony George Stephanopoulos on Sunday, August 28, 2022. Much of the files seized deal with McCord's corrupt activities.
McCord led the support team who created the Carter Page FISA warrant using the Steele Dossier to replace the required ‘Wood’s file’ documentation for each fact presented as evidence. McCord was the DOJ-NSD official who went with Sally Yates to talk to former White House counsel Don McGhan with bogus evidence and weaponizing the Flynn-Kislyak phone call to remove Trump’s National Security Advisor.
McCord was the person who organized Alexander Vindman and Eric Ciaramella to construct the first impeachment effort. Additionally, it was McCord along with her former legal counsel, turned Intelligence Community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, who changed the ICIG whistleblower rules allowing an anonymous complaint to underpin the false accusations from Ciaramella against Trump. The change was made two days before Ciaramella filed his whistleblower complaint.
It was also McCord who was appointed by FISA court Judge James Boasberg as an amici curia to the court, intercepting issues of false information in filings from the DOJ-NSD to the court as constructed by Kevin Clinesmith.
It was McCord who then took up the lead congressional position within the impeachment construct created by Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler, and it was McCord who then joined the January 6 committee in the fight to obtain President Trump’s white house records.
The raid was conducted in accordance with the Democratic party's agenda to outlaw and criminalize political opposition. The FBI alleged its a search was justified to look for documents related to nuclear secrets. The breakin and ransacking was approved by the Biden junta's chief procurator Merrick Garland, FBI director Christopher Wray, and White House chief-of-staff Ron Klain. According to a poll from the Trafalgar Group, the raid energized more people to vote in the 2022 Midterm elections on November 8, 2022. Many people of all political stripes, including Never-Trumpers, condemned the raid and the majority of Republicans and Independents continued to support President Trump against the corrupt Biden regime.
The same FBI unit that ran the bogus Trump-Russia investigation, based upon fraudulent and manufactured allegations for which no one in the FBI was held accountable, now conducted the Mar-a-Lago raid. The warrant was approved by federal magistrate Bruce Reinhart who formerly was a lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein's employees. Judge Reinhart had earlier recused himslef from a suit President Trump filed against Hillary Clinton, citing a conflict of interest. Days after the raid, at least 14 whistleblowers within the Biden DOJ came forward with allegations of Biden DOJ misconduct. The FBI raid sparked widespread outrage, and Garland threatened whistleblowers who expose Biden DOJ corruption and anyone "unfairly" criticizing FBI misconduct. In a personal message to Garland, President Trump offered his help to do whatever was necessary to calm public misperceptions about the nature of the raid.
Conflict of interest
- See also: FBI scandal
Members of the FBI counterintelligence unit, formerly headed by Peter Strzok who was fired for Russiagate abuses, were themselves under investigation by Special Counsel John Durham and the FBI internal Office of Professional Responsibility for Russiagate abuses at the time they seized files held by President Trump documenting FBI counterintelligence abuses in the Russiagate investigation.
In addition, Brian Auten is part of the counterintelligence unit. Auten has been under internal investigation since 2019, when Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz referred him for disciplinary review for his role in vetting the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier used by the FBI to obtain a series of FISA warrants to spy on former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. Auten also tried to falsely discredit Hunter Biden's "Laptop from Hell" in October 2020, labeling it "Russian disinformation,” and interfering in the 2020 presidential election.
Presidential Records Act
According to the Biden regime, the search warrant was procured under the pretext of a violation of the Presidential Records Act. However, the Presidential Records Act is not a criminal statute. A warrant can only be procured under criminal statutes.
Under federal statutes, the president has the inherent constitutional power to declassify any record he wants, in any manner he wants, regardless of any otherwise-pertinent statute or regulation that applies to everyone else.
The documents are official FBI and DOJ records proving corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of both agencies and within the intelligence community as they interfered in the 2016 presidential election and attempted to rig the election for Hillary Clinton, as well as efforts to cover up their own wrongdoing under the guise of the Mueller investigation, which disrupted and sabotaged Donald Trump's presidency. President Trump declassified and made personal a copy of the Crossfire Hurricane records, Russian collusion records. Those records are very damaging politically to Obama, Biden, Hillary, the FBI, the Intel Community. Trump aide Kash Patal confirmed the seized files document FBI/DOJ corruption.
There are two sets of documents that intermingle and are directly related. First, documents that highlight the activity of Hillary Clinton’s team in creating the false Trump-Russia conspiracy theory (2015/2016). Second, documents that highlight the activity of government officials targeting Donald Trump within the same timeframe (Crossfire Hurricane), that continued into 2017, 2018 and 2019 as the Mueller investigation. Team one (Clinton) was outside government. Team two (DOJ/FBI) was inside government. The documents pertain to both groups.
Vladimir Putin did not interfere in the 2016 presidential election and subvert our democracy, FBI director James Comey, and a host of other people working in federal agencies, did. Corrupt Democrat Virginia Senator Mark Warner said "people will die" if the documents are made public.
According to the government's own report, after returning the unlawfully seized passports the inventory of documents taken from Trump's residence consisted of:
- overall, about 11,000 documents (estimated at 200,000 pages)
- more than 1,500 magazines and newspaper clippings
- 20 gifts or articles of clothing
- 89 empty envelopes
- medical records
- tax documents
- merely 103 documents purportedly bearing classification markings
Biden White House coverup
Initially the White House publicly denied it had any involvement in the decision to use the FBI against Joe Biden's main rival for the 2024 presidential election, according to the most reliable opinion polling. John Solomon of Just the News reported that White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su colluded with the FBI, DOJ and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in April 2022, shortly after 15 boxes of documents and other materials were voluntarily returned to NARA from Trump's Florida home. Su received compensation for legal services for the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice. Su’s firm, Latham & Watkins, facilitated foreign lobbying for Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice in 2018 and 2019, and Su was a registered foreign lobbyist in 2019.
The Biden White House worked directly with DOJ and the National Archives to instigate the criminal probe into alleged mishandling of documents, allowing the FBI to review materials retrieved from Mar-a-Lago prior to the raid and eliminating the President Trump's claims to executive privilege. In May 2022, Su conveyed to NARA that Biden would not object to waiving President Trump's claims to executive privilege, a decision that opened the door for the Biden DOJ to get a grand jury to issue a subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials he possessed from his presidency.
Biden's nominee for Archivist of the United States, Colleen Shogan, was canned by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. Shogun had previously said that she thought Republicans were stupid.
What did Biden know, and when did he know it?
Outside the scope
After first lying about it, the DOJ denied being in possession of President Trump's passports. Later, the DOJ promised President Trump's lawyers that they would return the passports. A DOJ official admitted to Just the News that the FBI did indeed act “outside the scope” of the search warrant when it seized other items, including President Trump’s passports,  and confidential medical and tax records.
The federal warrant affidavit the FBI relied on to search former President Trump’s residence in its redacted version bears no mention of President Trump's January 19, 2021 declassification order of documents related to the Justice Department’s investigation of Trump that falsely accused him and his 2016 presidential campaign of being Russian agents. There is no discernible reason for redacting the relevant information.
The corrupt FBI agent who initiated the investigation into the President Trump and the declassified Mar-a-Lago documents, Tim Thibault, was seen being escorting out of the FBI Washington Headquarters by security on Friday, August 26, 2022. Thibault was also in charge of investigating voter fraud in the 2020 general election, which he had fail to do. By Tuesday morning after Thibault removal, it was confirmed that Thibault had been fired from the FBI. However, removing Thibault from the FBI does necessarily remove Thibault from the federal civil service system; one week before his firing the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) in the Department of Treasury was advertising for people willing to use "deadly force" against taxpayers who make less than $125,000.
|"We’re pleased Judicial Watch legal pressure forced the partial release of warrant materials about the Biden administration’s political raid on the home of former President Trump. Judicial Watch expects and demands the underlying warrant affidavit and other materials be immediately disclosed. The U.S. Constitution and federal law give unreviewable authority to President Trump to take whatever records he wishes at the end of his presidency. The Biden administration’s dishonest depiction of personal records of President Trump it illicitly seized during the raid as “classified” is further demonstration that the raid was a brazen act of raw political abuse."|
Victor Davis Hanson commented:
|"The FBI is dissolving before our eyes into a rogue security service akin to those in Eastern Europe during the Cold War....The FBI interferes with and warps national elections. It hires complete frauds as informants who are far worse than its targets. It humiliates or exempts government and elected officials based on their politics. It violates the civil liberties of individual American citizens. The FBI's highest officials now routinely mislead Congress. They have erased or altered court and subpoenaed evidence. They illegally leak confidential material to the media. And they have lied under oath to federal investigators. The agency has become dangerous to Americans and an existential threat to their democracy and rule of law. The FBI should be dispersing its investigatory responsibilities to other government investigative agencies that have not yet lost the public's trust."|
|"With all of the uninvestigated and unpunished crimes that Hillary and the Clintons have committed; with all of the uninvestigated suspected insider trading that Pelosi has committed; with all of the KNOWN crimes of the Biden family; Trump gets raided?”|
Former Trump antagonist, news host Megyn Kelly, remarked:
|"This is about January 6. If you believe this has to do with classified documents, having to do with bullsh*t Trump took with him when he left office, your head is in the sky. This is about January 6 and the never-ending desire to get Donald Trump on something. They don’t want him to run for election again. They’re mad that he did not get convicted on the first or second impeachment, they are mad that he did not get pursued criminally by the New York D.A. They are mad Russiagate fell apart and they are mad he is ahead in the polls, crushing DeSantis, and that his candidates of choice all won primaries last week, and the Democrats are prepared to play dirty. Attorney General Merrick Garland is clearly willing to go along with that. He’s been moving in, in concentric circles toward Donald Trump over the past several weeks, going after his top advisor with subpoenas, we’ve seen close Trump advisors in handcuffs, dragged away as if they’re like mobsters. This is really getting alarming and the American public deserves answers."|
Kimberley Strassel writing in the Wall Street Journal noted:
|"Garland’s raid has made even the highest political figures fair prosecutorial game, and the media’s new standard is that the department can’t be questioned as it goes about ensuring “no one is above the law.” Let’s see how that holds when a future Republican Justice Department starts raiding the homes of Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Eric Holder, James Comey and John Brennan.
Payback could come even sooner. Democrats set a new low with their Ukrainian impeachment circus, and a GOP House next year might be up for a reprise. Get ready for a few more select committees—perhaps excluding the minority party, as the Democrats effectively did with the Jan. 6 committee—to investigate Mr. Garland’s politicized department or Hunter Biden’s finances. Watch them subpoena sitting Democratic representatives, as the Jan. 6 committee did to Republicans. Reps. Adam Schiff, Ilhan Omar and Eric Swalwell may find themselves on the back bench with a new Republican majority eager to follow Mrs. Pelosi’s example and strip the opposing team’s members of committee assignments.
All this tit for tat will further undermine our institutions and polarize the nation—but such is the nature of retributive politics. Which is why the wholesale Democratic and media defense of this week’s events is so reckless. Both parties long understood that political restraint was less about civility than self-preservation. What goes around always comes around. What went around this week will come around hard."
|"What took place at Mar-a-Lago, let me be very, very clear, is a message being sent to all Americans that the ruling class is in revolt.... The ruling class is saying, 'you will listen to us. We will rule over you. We want conformity. You're not to speak against us. You're not to protest against us. And, by God, you're not to vote against us. And if we can crush Donald Trump, we will send a message that we can crush each and every one of you.' That's what took place at Mar-a-Lago. 'If we can crush Donald Trump, we will crush each and every single one of you. He is the one standing in the way. We're really after you. We are the ruling class. You will obey our orders.'|
Former Democrat congresswoman from Hawaii Tulsi Gabbard summarized:
|This is something that every American should be extremely concerned about because this raid is just the latest serious escalation of this disturbing trend that we have seen of blatant abuse of power by those in power to not only protect their friends, but to target their political opponents or frankly anyone who dares to dissent or challenge or disagree or even question what this administration is doing. And there are a number of examples that we can point to not only abuse of power within the Department of Justice, within the FBI or law enforcement agencies, but also the Department of Homeland Security and the IRS.
You pointed to a few examples already. You know, look to the FBI investigation of Trump for the Russia hoax that didn’t turn out to be anything. You look at the IRS and Lois Lerner directly targeting conservative organizations under the Obama administration. You look at this administration’s Department of Homeland Security’s creation of a ministry of truth to go after us, everyday Americans across the country, to tell us, "Hey, here is what we say the truth is and is not and what you are allowed to say and what you are not allowed to say."
When the narrative of a violation of the Presidential Records Act failed, the cover story switched to a violation of the Espionage Act. The Deep State put out the false narrative that President Trump was in possession of nuclear secrets that he intended to sell to North Korea even after Trump tried to de-nuclearize the Korean peninsula, or Iran after Trump cancelled the Obama-era Iran nuke deal which acquiesced to Iran's acquisition of nuclear weapons. Alleged presidential historian and regular PBS contributor Michael Beschloss, and former Baby Bush-era CIA director Michael Hayden, implied President Trump should be executed for possession of declassified documents from his own administration.
Mar-a-Lago raid litigation
- See also: Mar-a-Lago raid litigation
Proposals for reforms
Separating the FBI's counterintelligence function into another agency, from its law enforcement function has been proposed as the most obvious solution to the politicization and abuses of the FBI. Others call for defunding the FBI.
- Lisa Monaco
- John Carlin
- Russiagate: Deep State coup 1.0
- Trump witchhunt timeline 2022
- Trump insurrection hoax
- Exposing a Compromised Mainstream Media
- A vote for Biden is a vote for a one-party state, The Washington Post, Op-Ed by Marc Theissen, September 23, 2020.
- 'So Is The Point That Republicans Are Stupid?': Josh Hawley Grills Biden Nominee On Past Writing, Sep 21, 2022. Forbes Breaking News
- Tulsi Gabbard: FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago a 'blatant abuse of power'