Donald Trump 'Has to Be Worried' About Mar-a-Lago 'Mole': Prosecutor

Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, said Saturday during an interview on MSNBC that former President Donald Trump "has to be worried about the mole within Mar-a-Lago" that may have told federal investigators about the ex-president's alleged mishandling of documents.

The FBI, with the approval of Attorney General Merrick Garland, carried out a search warrant of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort residence on Monday looking for top secret (TS) and sensitive compartmentalized information (SCI) as well as other classified documents. The Washington Post reported on Thursday that records related to nuclear weapons were sought by the federal agents, but Trump has described that reporting as a "hoax."

The warrant cited three potential violations of federal laws 18 USC 2071—Concealment, removal or mutilation, 18 USC 793—Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, and 18 USC 1519—Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations. The second citation, 18 USC 793, is part of the Espionage Act, which some legal experts have said Trump may have violated.

Trump 'Has to Be Worried' About 'Mole'
Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach County, Florida, said Saturday that former President Donald Trump "has to be worried about the mole within Mar-a-Lago" that may have told federal investigators about the ex-president's alleged mishandling of documents. Above, Trump leaves Trump Tower on Wednesday in New York City. James Devaney

Aronberg's interview came after former FBI assistant director of counterintelligence, Frank Figliuzzi, said that the federal investigation "has to include others who were conspirators" with Trump. MSNBC host Cori Coffin then asked Aronberg if federal investigators "could be looking at others in Trump's circle."

"Oh I agree with that. And I think Trump will try to make someone into the fall guy. Be careful Mark Meadows," he said, referring to Trump's former chief of staff.

"I do think that the investigation is beyond Donald Trump. I think Trump has to be worried about the mole within Mar-a-Lago, because there's a reason why they got the search warrant. They had someone on the inside who knew that Trump was allegedly lying about the possession of these documents, and knew where it was located—inside that safe," Aronberg said, adding that "based on the statutes cited, that mole may have also told the feds that Trump had destroyed documents."

He continued: "So it's not just that Trump possessed documents, but that that secret source may have observed Trump destroying the documents which is another crime altogether. And so yeah, he's got a lot to worry about because the one thing you know about Donald Trump: he values loyalty above everything else, even though loyalty to him is a one-way street."

Newsweek has reached out to Trump's press office for comment.

Earlier this week, two senior government officials told Newsweek that the FBI's raid was based on information from a confidential source who identified classified documents Trump was keeping.

The former president blasted the raid this week on his social media platform Truth Social, calling it "an unprecedented infringement of the rights of every American citizen."

"We are no better than a third world country, a banana republic," he added. "It is a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax # 2, the no collusion Mueller Report, and more," he wrote.