- Donald Trump said his Mar-a-Lago resort was raided by “a large group of FBI agents” on Monday night
- Trump said the raid was hatched by “Radical Left Democrats” who are seeking to prevent him running for president in 2024
- Supporters of the former president were seen waving flags outside the resort in protest at the raid
- Prominent Republicans were quick to slam the FBI and DOJ , with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis calling it “another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents”
- Florida Senator Marco Rubio said the Joe Biden administration is “playing with fire” as he called the raid “dangerous”
- Shortly after the incident, Trump posted a video slamming Joe Biden’s America
Donald Trump Jr. Says Joe Biden’s DOJ ‘Ripping Country Apart’
Donald Trump Jr. the former president’s eldest child, has accused the Department of Justice under the Biden administration of “ripping this country apart” following the raid at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump Jr. has posted a series of tweets attacking the FBI search at his father’s home since Monday.
In one tweet, he accused Biden’s DOJ of being “out of control” and “ripping this country apart with how they’re openly targeting their political enemies.”
“This is what you see happen in 3rd World Banana Republics!!!” he added.
Trump Jr. was mocked on social media for the remark, with a number of Twitter users pointing to how much the country has become divided since Trump was elected into office and how the former president had frequently called for his political opponent Hillary Clinton to be investigated.
“From the creators of ‘lock her up!’ comes this message,” journalist Aaron Rupar wrote while sharing the tweet.
Donald Trump ‘Panicked’ by FBI’s Mar-a-Lago Raid: Mary Trump
Mary Trump, the niece of the former president, has said that the raid at his home by agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) would have left her uncle in a “panic.”
Speaking to MSNBC, Mary Trump, a frequent critic of her uncle , suggested the former president may have been told that a search at his Mar-a-Lago resort was due, but his “narcissism and sense of entitlement” meant he ignored the warnings.
“He may have been told it was coming but he could not possibly believe it was coming, because it never has,” Mary Trump said.
“That’s where that panic is coming from,” she added. “And of course, he’s also pivoting, where he always pivots, to undermining the legitimacy of any investigation into his potential wrongdoing.”
When asked how Donald Trump would sleep on the night of the raid, Mary Trump replied: “Probably as well as he always does, which is to say not well.”
“There’s been so many things dogging him in the last how many years. He was in New York today, because he needs to sit for a deposition in another case,” she said. “So it’s all coming sort of fast and furious, and has been for quite some time.”
Nigel Farage ‘Appalled’ by FBI Actions
British politician and longtime Trump ally Nigel Farage has described how he is “shocked” and “utterly appalled” by the FBI raid on the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home.
Farage, one of the main campaigners for Brexit, told the GB News channel that the raid shows how Trump’s opponents are “very, very scared” of him and his potential return to the White House.
“I know that there’s been a witch hunt against Donald Trump ever since he was elected in 2016, Russia hoaxes, conspiracy after conspiracy, but this is truly astonishing,” Farage said.
“No former president – even people like Nixon who left office in disgrace – has ever been treated like this.
“He’s going to come back, his party will storm the midterms, and he’s coming back to the White House in 24. To any fair minded person, they’re gonna say how on earth can this be happening in 21st century America? What have we become, a banana republic?”
Farage added the suggestion that Trump would remove classified documents from the White House just to keep them at his Florida home is “so ridiculous, to be totally absurd.”
Mike Turner Demands Immediate Briefing on FBI’s Reasons for Raid
Republican congressman Mike Turner has called for Christopher Wray, the director of the FBI, to explain the reasoning for carrying out the search of Trump’s home.
Turner, the lead Republican at the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence – which oversees the nation’s intelligence agencies including the DOJ – also backed Trump’s claim that the raid was “politically motivated.”
There has been speculation the raid was signed as the former president posed a national security risk after allegedly removing boxes of classified documents from the White House when he left office in January 2021.
“I am exceptionally skeptical of this being anything other than politically motivated. There are serious questions about the unprecedented FBI raid reportedly seeking classified materials from former President Trump’s residence,” Turner tweeted.
“I am demanding an immediate briefing by FBI Director Wray regarding the national security risk that allegedly rose to the level of ordering a raid on the residence of a former President.”
What FBI raid means for Trump, according to legal experts
Experts have said the FBI raid suggests Trump is at risk of being charged with a crime which carries a three year sentence and the prospect of him being banned for life from running for office again.
Speaking to Newsweek , Neama Rahmani, president of West Coast Trial Lawyers, said the search at Trump’s home implies he is under investigation under Section 2071 of Title 18 of the United States Code, which states anyone who “conceals, removes, mutilates, obliterates, falsifies or destroys” official government documents must be prosecuted.
Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Joshua Ritter added that the decision from the Department of Justice to sign off for the FBI to carry out a search at the home of a former president would not have been made lightly.
“This isn’t happening in some small county with a gunslinger sheriff—this is the federal government,” Ritter said.
“To make this kind of an earth-shaking move in advancement of their investigation, you have to venture a guess that they have some pretty rock-solid evidence somewhere.”
Donald Trump posted a video on his Truth Social website lamenting what he claimed is American “decline” just hours after his Mar-a-Lago resort was raided by the FBI.
The video, which does not mention the raid and appears to have been made beforehand, begins with the sound of thunder and rainfall.
Trump then lists the ways he believes America is suffering under Joe Biden, saying: “We are a nation in decline. We are a failing nation. We are a nation that has the highest inflation in over 40 years.”
The video, which included snippets from his speech during a rally in Arizona in July , also criticized the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan, the U.S.’s lack of energy independence, gas prices and Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine
The 3.5 minute clip has received over 30,000 likes and 13,000 ‘retruths’, the Truth Social equivalent of a retweet.
Donald Trump’s Statement on Mar-A-Lago Raid
Donald Trump broke the news of the FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago resort, issuing a statement on Monday describing how his home was “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group” of federal agents.
Trump also accused the raid of being “prosecutorial misconduct,” a “weaponization” of the Justice System, and an “attack by Radical Left Democrats” who do not want him to run for president again in 2024.
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries. Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before,” Trump said. “They even broke into my safe!
“What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”
Trump added the “political persecution” against him has been going on for years following the Russia collusion investigation and both his impeachment trials.
“It is political targeting at the highest level!,” Trump added. “The lawlessness, political persecution, and Witch Hunt must be exposed and stopped.”
Kevin McCarthy Threatens DOJ Probe if GOP Win Midterms
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has vowed to launch an investigation into the Department of Justice if Republicans gain control of the House in the November midterms.
In a statement posted on Twitter just hours after the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago, he said that the “Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”
He added: “When Republicans take back the House, we will conduct immediate oversight of this department, follow the facts, and leave no stone unturned.
The tweet went viral, receiving over 12,000 retweets and 6,000 likes.
However, he was criticized by Democratic House Representative Ted Lieu, who tweeted: “You say you’ve “seen enough.”
“Did you see the classified and unclassified documents that the FBI seized at Mar-a-Lago? No. So you have no idea what you are talking about. Stop making stuff up. You are the leader of the minority party. Do better.”
How Republicans Reacted to FBI Raid
Prominent Republicans were quick to speak out after the raid on Mar-a-Lago with many condemning the move.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said that the raid is “another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents” in a post on Twitter.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott described the move as “next-level Nixonian” as he accused the Joe Biden administration of using the “levers of government” to Target trump.
While Alaska’s Governor Mike Dunleavy called it “concerning to all of us.”
Pro-Trump Protesters Descend on Mar-a-Lago
Dozens of Trump supporters rallied outside Mar-a-Lago after the former president’s resort was raided by the FBI.
The protesters gathered outside the property and by a bridge leading into Palm Beach, where Mar-a-Lago is situated, with other Trump supporters drove around the area in cars and trucks adorned with American flags.
One protester had a placard reading “Fake News is CNN” while a group played God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood.
Flags reading “Florida For Trump,” “Trump 2024” and “Biden Is Not My President” were also waved .
The demonstration was peaceful, but police did speak to a counter-protester who had a sign calling Trump an “a**hole”.
There was a significant police presence, but there have been no reports of any arrests being made.
Michael Cohen Reacts to FBI Raid
Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s former attorney who has since fallen out with his old boss, Tweeted a photo of himself grinning widely and giving a thumbs up after news of the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago broke.
Alongside the image he wrote: “The look on your face when you learn that the @fbi just raided Mar-a-Lardo and #TFG is s***ting a brick!!!#KarmaBoomerang.”
The Former Guy (TFG) is a term used by some Trump critics to describe the former president.
Cohen was Trump’s personal attorney between 2006 and 2018, and deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee from 2017-18.
In August 2018 Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations, bank fraud and tax fraud following information uncovered by special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 presidential election.
He was sent to prison, though released early due to the coronavirus pandemic and held under house arrest.
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