The FBI’s nine-hour raid of Mar-A-Lago on Monday appears at first glance to have been a desperate fishing expedition. But there was something hidden at the former president’s estate that so disturbed the Feds that they felt compelled to take drastic action.
The unprecedented raid at the former president’s estate was carried out without warning. It was allegedly prompted by two ‘inside sources’ who fed the federal agents a tip.
“Two senior government officials, who requested to stay anonymous but had information about the search, told Newsweek that one individual guided authorities to documents at Mar-a-Lago and that the raid was set to occur when Trump was out of town to avoid a galvanizing photo-op,” Marco Margaritoff reports. “The Wall Street Journal corroborated those claims, speaking with anonymous sources who said the informant knew the location of these classified documents and that Trump stored many more at Mar-a-Lago than the 15 boxes retrieved in February.”
Federal agents, according to Eric Trump, had instructed the Trump team’s lawyers to turn off all of the security cameras while it cased the estate. Eric Trump told the Daily Mail that his father’s lawyer Christina Bobb was forced to stand at the end of the Mar-a-Lago driveway throughout the raid.
“There’s 30 agents there,” Eric Trump said. ‘They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.”
“They would not give her the search warrant,” he added. “So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant.”
The FBI raid was ostensibly launched at the behest of a ‘liberal librarian’ named David Ferriero. Who is David Ferriero? He is the former National Archivist of the United States who had served from Obama’s administration to Biden’s administration as of late April.
The leftist librarian’s harassment of former President Donald Trump for ‘classified records’ had begun with the delayed return of 15 boxes of documents the National Archives had requested in the wake of his presidency.
The FBI believed that Donald Trump, who had the authority as president to declassify any documents he pleased, was holding out on them. So it conducted an invasive raid of his Palm Beach estate conveniently while Donald Trump was fending off litigation from hyper-partisan New York Attorney General Letitia James.
David Ferriero, curiously, had served as National Archivist under an Obama presidency that was rife with questions about the improper handling of classified materials. First and foremost, Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State set a new double standard for illegal retention and transmission of classified materials via an illicit homebrew server culminating in her destruction of evidence after it was subpoenaed — the infamous ‘BleachBit’ fiasco.
But not only did Ferriero fail to act on the egregious violations of U.S. code pertaining to the handling of classified information, he was party to a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of Columbia in 2015 showing he resisted taking action against Hillary Clinton.
“This is an action under the Federal Records Act… and the Administrative Procedure Act… to compel Defendants John F. Kerry and David S. Ferriero, in their official capacity as Secretary of State of the United States and Archivist of the United States, respectively, to comply with their statutory duty to initiate legal action through the Attorney General, and to notify Congress of such action, for recovery of federal records unlawfully removed from the custody of the Department of State (“State Department”) and stored on a personal computer server in the exclusive control and custody of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton,” the Cause of Action Institute’s lawsuit states. “At all times relevant, the Federal Records Act prohibited the unlawful removal or destruction of government records.”
The Clinton legal team ultimately turned over approximately 55,000 emails. However, missing were 33,000 emails that Clinton had destroyed, including 15 emails from adviser Sidney Blumenthal regarding the disastrous Benghazi attack.
Then there is the egregious case of former President Barack Obama himself. The New York Post’s James Bovard recently chronicled the numerous flagrant violations of the Public Records Act by the Obama administration, including now-president Joe Biden himself.
Obama White House lawyers repeatedly invoked the Presidential Records Act to “delay the release of thousands of pages of records from President Bill Clinton’s White House,” Politico reported. At the end of his presidency, Barack Obama trucked 30 million pages of his administration’s records to Chicago, promising to digitize them and eventually put them online — a move that outraged historians.
More than five years after Obama’s presidency ended, the National Archives webpage reveals that zero pages have been digitized and disclosed. People can file requests via the Freedom of Information Act (a law Obama helped wreck) to access Obama records, but responses from presidential libraries can be delayed for years, even more than a decade, if the information is classified.
Similarly, President Joe Biden double-crossed Americans on disclosing records from his 36-year Senate career. In 2011, Biden donated 1,875 boxes of documents from his Senate days to the University of Delaware, which received federal subsidies to curate the collection while it was locked up. Biden and the university library promised to unseal the records “two years after Biden retires from public office.” But the library announced just before Biden launched his presidential campaign that secrecy would continue until two years after Biden “retires from public life.”
Thus, it was known that former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and current President Biden had retained records and materials in violation of the Public Records Act. However, when it comes to Donald Trump, the case is not-so-clear.
It simply does not add up that the FBI would launch such a politically charged raid based on such a flimsy legal pretense. Even CNN’s legal analyst Paul Callan conceded that an alleged PRA violation was not enough to warrant a federal raid on Trump’s estate.
“This is a daring and dangerous move by the Department of Justice to serve a warrant on a former president and to raid his personal residence,” Callan said.
One red thread that has arisen is speculation that former Chief of Staff Mark Meadow’s invocation of the Privacy Act regarding documents pertaining to the FBI’s Crossfire Hurricane operation was the actual trigger for the raid. The FBI would thus have a ‘personal stake’ in conducting a cover-up raid on Donald Trump’s residence. Thus, according to this conjecture, the FBI raid all boils down to Spygate.
The Meadows memo is posted for viewing below:
Investigative journalist Paul Sperry, who was suspended on Twitter after (correctly) naming the second Trump impeachment ‘whistleblower’ as Eric Ciaremella, was again suspended for noting the Spygate connection.
Before Twitter suspended Paul Sperry. Absolutely feels like there’s something to this. pic.twitter.com/sJ9YHJMQap
— Ned Ryun (@nedryun) August 9, 2022
It is uncertain precisely what the FBI was seeking out when it raided Donald Trump’s estate. But whatever it was, it wasn’t your run-of-the-mill presidential records. There was something damning and dangerous at Mar-A-Lago. And the FBI’s raid reeks of a cover-up.
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