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Former President Donald Trump revealed in a statement that the
FBI was raiding his home at his Mar-a-Lago club.
"They even broke into my safe," Trump revealed in a statement released.
Speaking to MSNBC, former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade explained that something like this is generally an effort that begins well in advance.
She also predicted that given the size of Mar-a-Lago it was likely dozens and dozens of agents conducting the search. McQuade also noted that a judge doesn't issue a warrant simply on the presumption that something might be there, there must be proof or information that is known to be there. So, likely someone close to the former president who gave the information to the investigators.
The New York Times reported that it is related to the classified documents that ended up at Mar-a-Lago when the president left the White House. Some of those documents were so classified that they were marked for the president's eyes only. Raw Story's sources confirmed that the raid was related to classified documents.
You can see the comments from legal experts in the tweets below:
\u201cCount the ways in which this is not at all like Watergate\u201d— Lawrence Hurley (@Lawrence Hurley) 1659999863
\u201cI would pay good money right now to see the search warrant they used to raid MAL.\u201d— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1659999942
\u201cPlease retweet if your home or office wasn't searched today by the Federal Bureau of Investigation pursuant to a warrant issued by a federal judge upon a showing of probable cause.\u201d— George Conway\ud83c\udf3b (@George Conway\ud83c\udf3b) 1659999656
\u201cWe don't know yet what crimes the FBI had sufficient evidence of to convince a federal judge there was probable cause to search Trump's residence, but the execution of a search warrant isn't a raid. It's a judicially overseen process. Still unknown: the subject of the search.\u201d— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1659999880
\u201c/2 To get a federal search warrant, a federal agent submits an affidavit under oath to a federal magistrate judge, setting forth where they want to search, for what items, and what the probable cause is that those things are evidence of a federal crime and are there.\u201d— ComprisedHat (@ComprisedHat) 1659999765
\u201c/4 So the affidavit has to show that there is probable cause to believe that the specified location has the specified evidence of a specified federal crime. That's the ideal at least. Note it doesn't have to establish probable cause a particular person committed a crime.\u201d— ComprisedHat (@ComprisedHat) 1659999765
\u201c/5 This warrant -- the decision to do it, if not the entire thing itself -- was absolutely approved at the very highest level of the justice department, possibly read by Garland himself.\u201d— ComprisedHat (@ComprisedHat) 1659999765
\u201cWhat's the over/under on how long it takes for Trump to send out a fundraising email?\u201d— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1660002068
\u201c"Assuming that it's true, what the former president is saying is true...it means that a federal judge signed a search warrant, which indicates that the judge believed that there was good reason to believe that a crime was committed," says @renato_mariotti.\u201d— The News with Shepard Smith (@The News with Shepard Smith) 1660000227
\u201cIf this is true, it is ironic that Trump is under criminal investigation for mishandling classified material, given that he called for Hillary Clinton to be imprisoned for a similar offense.\u201d— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1660002158
\u201cTrump was not kidding. He is the candidate of law and order.\n\nJust not how he imagined.\u201d— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1659999795
\u201cDonald has another first - first former POTUS raided by the FBI!\u201d— John W. Dean (@John W. Dean) 1659999483
\u201cTrump confirms that federal law enforcement is executing a search warrant at Mar-A-Lago.\n\nThis means a federal judge found that there is good reason to believe that a crime was committed and that evidence of that crime was located in Mar-A-Lago.\n\nTrump should be very concerned.\u201d— Renato Mariotti (@Renato Mariotti) 1659999302
\u201cWhat makes me laugh is Trump keeps protesting that something like this has never happened to a president before, without reflecting on why that may be.\u201d— Dr Jaundice Peterson (@Dr Jaundice Peterson) 1660000608
The news was announced not long after this segment on Ari Melber's Monday show:
\u201c"When the President does it, that means that it is not illegal." Former President Nixon's words have long reaching relevance as Donald Trump faces possible indictment. @mayawiley joins on the legal precedent of indicting a former head of state.\u201d— The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC \ud83d\udcfa (@The Beat with Ari Melber on MSNBC \ud83d\udcfa) 1659999669
On Monday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that a new lawsuit alleges police and local officials in Siskiyou County, California — a rural, conservative area in the far north of the state on the border with Oregon — are systematically terrorizing Asian residents with traffic stops, property liens, and restrictions on water, with the intent to drive them out of the area.
"Officers in rural Siskiyou County, fueled by racial prejudice and drug fear-mongering, are stopping the county’s small population of Asian-American drivers at 12 times the rate of white drivers, according to a new lawsuit in federal court," reported Bob Egelko and Dustin Gardiner. "County supervisors are also restricting Asian-American residents’ access to water and illegally placing liens on their property, in a policy 'designed to drive a disfavored racial minority from the county,' the suit said. It was filed Wednesday in Sacramento by the American Civil Liberties Union and Asian Americans Advancing Justice as a proposed class action on behalf of the county’s 1,200 Asian-American residents."
According to one plaintiff, he was stopped by an armed deputy in 2020 who without any apparent reason "searched the vehicle, found a small fruit knife, took it away and let him go" — and then the next spring, a second deputy "stopped him on the way back from the laundromat and told him to get out with his hands raised and dump the laundry on the ground. After the deputy searched and found nothing, the plaintiff said, he had to go back to the laundromat and wash his clothes again."
Drivers weren't the only ones targeted. Asian homeowners report that Siskiyou County officials placed illegal liens on their property and disproportionately enforced water restrictions against them.
"After county supervisors voted in 2020 to prohibit property owners from extracting groundwater that was later used to cultivate cannabis, the suit said, 68% of those prosecuted were Asian-Americans," said the report. "The suit said they were also targeted by ordinances in the spring of 2021 that required permits to transport water from an owner’s property or to carry water in large containers on trucks, forcing some residents out of their homes, until the measures were blocked by U.S. District Judge Kimberly Mueller last September. The suit also cited a 2020 ordinance that increased maximum fines for cannabis cultivation from $500 to $5,000 per day and authorized the county to place a lien on the property, which could be used to foreclose a home loan, when the fine was unpaid. Such liens are not authorized by state law, the suit said."
This alleged racial profiling comes at the same time that hate crimes against Asian-Americans around the country spiked. In recent months alone, a Florida woman in New York City was indicted for pepper-spraying Asian women in the face, while another man was charged after allegedly stomping and punching an elderly Asian woman. Last year, President Joe Biden signed a bill designed to crack down on such incidents at the federal level.
Former President Donald Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen was the unfortunate target of the Republican leader's attacks and retaliation, but on Monday evening he learned that his former client was falling under a raid of his own.
It was reported Monday evening that Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago was under a raid from the FBI. Trump even released in a statement, "they even broke into my safe."
"It’s never good when the FBI raids your property; especially when you’re Donald Trump and you’ve been storing documents at that location," Cohen told Raw Story.
Cohen was referencing the report on Monday that there are photos of documents that Trump tore apart and threw in the toilet. There were previous reports that Trump attempted to destroy documents by flushing them, causing serious plumbing issues at the White House.
Several months ago, staff from the National Archives were forced to go to Mar-a-Lago and retrieve a truckload of boxes filled with documents that Trump took from the White House when he left. It was revealed that some of the documents were so top secret that they were for the president's eyes only.