It’s a disturbing time in American history. The political party in power is openly weaponizing law enforcement and the U.S. Justice Department against a now-private citizen in an effort to prevent him from ever holding public office again.
A large group of FBI agents armed with search warrants raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate Monday. The raid was reportedly related to materials the former president brought to the residence after leaving the White House in January 2021.
“For months, the National Archives has sought to obtain documents pertaining to Trump’s White House tenure from Mar-a-Lago,” reported Fox News in the hours following the raid.
In February, Trump surrendered 15 boxes of documents from the estate.
From Fox News:
“The Presidential Records Act of 1978 requires presidential administrations to preserve certain documents. Under the law, all White House staff must copy or forward any presidential records created on non-official electronic messaging accounts to their official electronic messaging account within 20 days of leaving office.”
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said in a statement.
The former president’s legal counsel had informed the archives that they are continuing to search for additional presidential records that belong to the National Archives – a fact that prompted legal scholars to question the need for the raid if Trump was already cooperating with officials.
Others questioned the manner in which the raid was conducted, noting that FBI agents likely seized documents without inquiring if they were classified, declassified, or personal to Trump.
Kendall & Casey provide insight and clarify the legal questions surrounding the raid on Trump’s estate in the clip below.