Trump FBI Updates: DOJ Kept Search Warrant Vague to Avoid Revealing Classified Information

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  • U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said he "personally approved" the FBI raid on Donald Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.
  • Trump's legal team did not object to a DOJ request to unseal the FBI's search warrant, which a federal magistrate judge in Florida moved to do Friday afternoon.
  • The former president called reports saying the raid was to search for nuclear documents a 'hoax' after sources made the claims to The Washington Post. The FBI reportedly took about 20 boxes of items during the search, including 11 sets of classified materials, according to The Wall Street Journal.
  • The FBI's search was based largely on information provided by an informer, Newsweek has exclusively revealed.
  • An armed man was killed after attempting to break into an FBI field office days after the raid, authorities say. The FBI said on Friday that the incident remains under investigation.

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Items the FBI Seized During Mar-a-Lago Search

Top secret documents are among the items the FBI seized during its Monday raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, according to a property receipt released Friday afternoon.

The list was released along with a copy of the authorized warrant allowing the FBI to search the property. Christina Bobb, an attorney for Trump, received copies of each during the FBI's search on August 8. Bobb's dated signature appears at the bottom of the property receipt.

Documents labeled top secret, secret, confidential and classified were taken by the FBI along with several labeled boxes, according to the property receipt. The list did not contain additional information on the documents taken.

Binders of photos, a leatherbound box containing documents, a "potential" presidential record, a handwritten note and "Info re: President of France" were also listed on the receipt.

An executive grant of clemency for former Trump consultant Roger Stone is one of the first items included on the list. Trump pardoned Stone in late December 2020, about a month before he left the White House. A spokesperson for Stone told CNN on Friday that Stone "has no knowledge as to the facts surrounding his clemency documents appearing on the inventory of items" that the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago.

FBI Investigating Potential Violations of Three Statutes

Former President Donald Trump was under investigation for potentially violating federal statutes that could prevent him from holding future political office, according to the FBI search warrant.

The statutes are related to the Espionage Act, destroying or concealing documents to obstruct an investigation and the unlawful removal of government materials.

Those three statutes noted in the warrant are:

  • 18 U.S. Code §2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation
  • 18 U.S. Code § 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information
  • 18 U.S. Code § 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations

Violating 18 USC 2071 could lead to imprisonment or fine. Additionally, anyone found to have violated this statue "shall forfeit his office and be disqualified from holding any office under the United States," according to the Cornell Law School Legal Information Institute.

The FBI was authorized to seize "all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed" in violation of those statutes, according to the warrant.

Such materials include documents with classification markings, communications regarding national defense information or classified material and any government or presidential records created during Trump's time in office.

The affidavit that outlines the evidence the FBI had to show probable cause for the warrant remains sealed.

The search warrant specifies both "national defense information" and "classified material."

18 U.S.C. § 793 prohibits the gathering, transmitting, or receipt of defense information with the intent or reason to believe the information will be used against the United States or to the benefit of a foreign nation. However, 793 also includes a person who "willfully retains the same and fails to deliver it on demand to the officer or employee of the United States."

There is no reference to nuclear weapons or any statute regarding nuclear weapons.

National Archives Rebuts Trump on Obama WH Records

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) released a statement on Friday about the handling of presidential documents from former President Barack Obama's administration.

NARA said it "assumed exclusive legal and physical custody" of the presidential records once Obama left the White House. Obama "has no control over where and how" NARA stores those records, the agency said.

NARA's statement followed multiple comments by former President Donald Trump about documents from his predecessor's administration.

In a Friday post on Truth Social, Trump alleged Obama "kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified." He said "word is" that "lots" of those documents were nuclear-related, comments that followed reports that the FBI was looking for nuclear-related documents during its search at Trump's Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week. Trump has referred to the "nuclear weapons issue" as a "hoax."

Trump alleged in a separate Truth Social post on Thursday that Obama took 30 million pages of documents to Chicago after leaving the White House. He said Obama "refused" to return them.

In its statement, NARA said it was responsible for moving "approximately 30 million pages of unclassified records to a NARA facility in the Chicago area," where the agency said those records are "maintained exclusively by NARA." Th agency said it also oversees classified documents from Obama's administration at an official facility in Washington, D.C.

Judge Unseals FBI Search Warrant

A federal judge has unsealed the search warrant the FBI executed at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home Monday.

Trump did not object to the unsealing of the search warrant, according to the Justice Department.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, the same judge who signed off on the search warrant, made the decision to unseal it Friday afternoon.

The FBI is investigating Trump for potentially violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice, according to the search warrant, obtained by Politico.

The warrant shows federal law enforcement was investigating Trump for "removal or destruction of records, obstruction of an investigation, and violating the Espionage Act," the outlet reports.

Trump Says Documents Were 'All Declassified'

Former President Donald Trump said all of the documents taken by the FBI from his Mar-a-Lago home were "declassified."

Trump said "it was all declassified" and the FBI "didn't need to 'seize' anything."

"They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago," he said in a Truth Social post. "It was in secured storage, with an additional lock put on as per their request."

Trump added that the FBI "could have had it anytime they wanted."

"ALL THEY HAD TO DO WAS ASK," he wrote, in all caps.

The former president then reiterated his rhetoric against his White House predecessor.

"The bigger problem is, what are they going to do with the 33 million pages of documents, many of which are classified, that President Obama took to Chicago?" Trump said.

FBI Took 11 Sets of Classified Documents

The FBI reportedly removed 11 sets of classified documents marked "top secret" from Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, according to the Wall Street Journal.

According to an exclusive WSJ report, the FBI took about 20 boxes of items, binders of photos and a handwritten note. Some of the materials recovered were marked as "Various Classified/Top Secret/SCI."

Agents also collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents, WSJ added. The list did not indicate any other details about the documents.

This list of items was inside a seven-page documents that also included the search warrant for the property, WSJ said.

The warrant shows that agents searched "the 45 office" as well as "all storage rooms and all other rooms or areas within the premises used or available to be used by [the former president] and his staff and in which boxes or documents could be stored, including all structures or buildings on the estate."

Private rooms were not part of the search, according to the document.

Trump's lawyers said the former president declassified material before he left the White House. It is unclear if Trump went through the federal regulations for the declassification process.

"The Biden administration is in obvious damage control after their botched raid where they seized the President's picture books, a 'hand written note,' and declassified documents," Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told WSJ. "This raid of President Trump's home was not just unprecedented, but unnecessary.

There was also a document related to an executive grant of clemency pardoning Trump ally Roger Stone, according to WSJ. Trump pardoned Stone before leaving office after he was convicted of lying to Congress during the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

Information about the "President of France" was also found among the document, WSJ reports.

Trump Has Until 3 p.m. to Oppose Warrant Release

Former President Donald Trump has until 3 p.m. ET today to decide whether he wants his legal team to oppose a request to unseal the FBI search warrant for his Mar-a-Lago home.

Trump said Thursday evening that he did not intend to oppose the warrant's release.

Attorney General Merrick Garland called for the warrant to be unsealed on Thursday. In the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) motion to unseal it, the department mentioned the "intense public interest" that followed Trump's announcement confirming the search. The motion also said a lawyer for Trump was on-site at the time of the search and received a copy of the warrant at that time.

Trump "should have an opportunity to respond to this Motion and lodge objections" to the warrant being unsealed, the DOJ wrote. After the motion was filed, a court ordered the DOJ to confer with Trump's legal team and set the Friday afternoon deadline for Trump's team to register objections.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the search warrant, will be the judge deciding whether to unseal the warrant. If Trump's legal team does not object, it could be unsealed by this afternoon, a process Reinhart will oversee.

Obama Kept 'Lots' of Nuclear Documents, Trump Says

Former President Donald Trump alleged in a Friday statement that his predecessor kept "lots" of nuclear documents after leaving the White House.

"President Barack Hussein Obama kept 33 million pages of documents, much of them classified," Trump said. "How many of them pertained to nuclear? Word is, lots!"

Trump mentioned Obama in multiple Truth Social posts on Thursday that asked "what happened" to millions of pages of documents he said Obama took from the White House to Chicago. Obama "refused to give them back," one post said.

Trump has questioned former presidents' handling of presidential records several times this week in the wake of the FBI's search of his Mar-a-Lago home. Federal agents were reportedly looking for presidential documents that may have been kept at Mar-a-Lago instead of transferred to the National Archives and Records Administration after Trump left office.

Three days after the FBI's Mar-a-Lago search, The Washington Post reported that classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the materials sought by federal agents. Trump has denied these reports, calling the "nuclear weapons issue" a "hoax" in a Thursday evening post on Truth Social and suggesting evidence against him may have been planted.

Pelosi Says Documents Appear to be 'Very Serious'

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she has not been briefed on the FBI raid of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home but she is watching the situation "very carefully."

"It's important to know the seriousness of what these documents are about," she said, but not "too much," as the documents are highly sensitive and may endanger national security.

Pelosi said there are laws against the "improper handling" of classified materials and the documents in this case appear to be highly classified, "above top secret," and concern national security. This is a reference to a Washington Post report that the documents at Trump's home concerned nuclear weapons.

She said her concern is always to "protect and defend," which she said means government officials "do not frivolously" handle documents like these.

"If the nature of these documents is what it appears to be," she said, "this is very serious."

Pelosi added that she has no current plans for a Congressional investigation and has not been briefed on any aspect of the investigation.

"I don't know any more than is in the public domain," she told reporters.

She refused to respond when asked if she thought Donald Trump "is a crook" but called out the rhetoric from Republicans attacking law enforcement following the FBI raid.

"You would think there would be an adult in the Republican room that would say, 'Just calm down. See what the facts are,'" she said, "instead of instigating assaults on law enforcement."

Judge Deciding Whether to Unseal FBI Warrant

A judge in Florida is deciding whether to approve a request by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to unseal the warrant that allowed the FBI to search former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart was identified earlier this week as the judge who approved the FBI's August 8 search. Reinhart is the one who must make a decision today about whether the warrant should remain sealed or be open to public access.

A court set 3 p.m. as the deadline for when that decision must be made. Until that time, the DOJ was instructed to communicate with Trump's legal team to find out if his attorneys plan to oppose the warrant's release.

Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday cited the widespread public interest in the FBI's search as he called for the warrant to be unsealed. Trump released a statement Thursday evening saying he did not intend to oppose the release of the search warrant.

An attorney for Trump who was on-site at the time the FBI's search took place was given a copy of the warrant at that time, according to Garland.

Turner Wants DOJ to 'Just Tell Us' the Reason for FBI Raid

House Intelligence Committee Ranking Member Mike Turner is demanding to know the basis of the national security threat that lead to the FBI raid of Donald Trump's home.

Turner said Trump "has more classified information in his head than he does in his desk." The Justice Department, however, claimed there was an "immediate" need to enter his residence.

"We are demanding disclosure to this Committee what was the national security basis that was an apparent immediate threat that required this action as opposed to all the actions they could have taken," Turner said during a Friday news conference.

Amid reports of possible documents concerning nuclear weapons at Trump's home, Turner said "it depends on what the nuclear information is."

"You can say nuclear weapons, but there are things that are highly, highly classified," he said. "There are things that are not extremely classified, but are, nonetheless, classified."

He said there is a "number of things that fall under the umbrella of nuclear weapons" that not necessarily "truly classified" and are, therefore, not a national security threat that would justify the FBI raid.

Turner said that if these documents rise to the level of national security threats warranting the immediate need to enter Trump's home, "just tell us."

He called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Chris Wray to come before the Committee to disclose the "rational answers" for the raid and the national security threat.

Turner also said there is a higher level of scrutiny when dealing with Trump, as he is a past, and possibly future, political opponent of President Joe Biden.

October Trial Date Set for Trump Organization

A trial date has been set for the tax fraud case involving the Trump Organization and the company's former CFO Allen Weisselberg.

Jury selection is set to begin on October 24. Juan Manuel Merchan, a judge in Manhattan, set the date on Friday after previously rejecting earlier calls from Weisselberg and the Trump Organization to have the case dismissed, according to the Associated Press.

The case involves allegations that Weisselberg was given an amount exceeding $1.7 million under the table from the Trump Organization. Merchan said a grand jury has already seen evidence "legally sufficient to support the charges" included in the indictment, the AP reported.

Trump testified in New York earlier this week as part of another investigation into the Trump Organization led by New York Attorney General Letitia James. After Trump's deposition concluded, a spokesperson for James' office said the former president invoked his Fifth Amendment rights during questioning.

The current timeline for the October trial based on the jury selection date Merchan set suggests the trial may be underway as voters are going to the polls for the midterm elections in early November.

McCarthy Dismisses Trump Nuclear Claims

Speaking to reporters Friday, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy dismissed a report by The Washington Post that FBI agents who raided former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate were searching for classified documents concerning nuclear weapons.

"It doesn't seem like that's something he would be doing," McCarthy said, when pressed on whether he believes Trump had been holding onto documents relating to nuclear weapons.

Hours earlier, Trump said on his Truth Social platform that the allegations are a "hoax." McCarthy also accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of dividing the nation, after he said he "personally approved" the FBI raid on Trump's Florida home.

McCarthy speaks to reporters
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of Calif. speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

Republicans Call on Transparency from FBI, DOJ

Republicans from the House Intelligence Committee held a press conference Friday to address the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week.

Led by Ranking Member Mike Turner of Ohio, the Republican Representatives said they were concern about the methods the FBI and Justice Department used to execute the search warrant on Trump's home and called on FBI and DOJ leadership to be transparent.

As an oversight body, the Committee called on U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and FBI Director Chris Wray to show them the facts and evidence that led to the Mar-a-Lago raid.

Turner suggested that federal investigators could have take other, less extreme means through the courts to obtain allegedly classified documents from Trump's home without a raid.

The Republicans spoke about the eroding public trust in these institutions among "a majority of the American people." This "brewing distrust" comes as many Americans believe the FBI and DOJ have become increasing politicized and weaponized by the Biden administration against Trump.

Representative Chris Stewart of Utah said it is "naive" to think the American people are not questioning whether these agencies are political.

Until the agencies explain the basis for the raid, Stewart said "the presumption will be that [the raid] is political."

The Committee members also made clear that they support law enforcement and the "rank and file" members of the FBI and DOJ. They said their issue is with the lack of transparency among the leadership of these agencies, distancing themselves from their Republican colleagues who have attacked agents and called to "defund the FBI."

The investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 election, the FBI probe into Hilary Clinton's private email server and the FBI investigation into a shooting at a Congressional baseball practice five years ago were frequently referenced to prove there is a "double standard" with FBI and DOJ investigations.

House Intelligence Committee
Surrounded by Republican members of the House Intelligence Committee, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) speaks during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol August 12, 2022 in Washington, DC. The lawmakers addressed the FBI's recent search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Feds Probe Motives of Gunman Killed in FBI Standoff

Authorities are probing the motives of an armed man who they said was killed after attempting to break into an FBI field office.

Officers shot and killed 42-year-old Ricky Shiffer on Thursday after he attempted to force his way into the Cincinnati FBI building, days after the FBI raided former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

According to the Associated Press, federal agents are investigating whether the suspect may have had links to extremist groups. He reportedly made threatening social media posts and is suspected to have been at the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol building.

FBI Ohio update
Clinton County employees sit in their vehicles blocking the road that leads to the scene where an armed man was shot and killed by police after breaching the FBI's Cincinnati field office Thursday, Aug. 11, 2022, in Wilmington, Ohio. Jay LaPrete/AP Photo

House GOP Members Hold News Conference on Raid

House Republicans are holding a press conference regarding the FBI's Monday raid at Mar-a-Lago.

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Democratic Senator Says What Won't Be Unsealed Today

Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said on Twitter on Friday morning what would and would not be unsealed by a federal judge in Florida if former President Trump does not file an objection by 3p.m ET.

"What will be 'unsealed' is the warrant itself and the receipt/return of service listing items seized, documents Trump had. What will not be unsealed yet is the application and affidavit presented to the court to explain and justify the search," Whitehouse wrote.

"That disclosure may come later, if Trump litigates the search, or to the defendant if/when someone is charged with an offense in this matter," he said.

Whitehouse, who previously served as Rhode Island's attorney general, said federal search warrant applications and affidavits "are ordinarily not made public (a) to protect reputations of uncharged persons and (b) to protect witnesses and integrity of investigation."

Trump Says Democrats Planning 87,000 IRS Agents to 'Cajole and Harass'

Former President Trump has criticized a supposed Democratic plan to hire 87,000 IRS agents.

"Democrats in Congress should strongly VOTE AGAINST THE BIGGEST GREEN NEW FAKE DEAL BILL IN HISTORY, which is about to be rammed down the throats of Americans," Trump wrote on his Truth Social site on Friday.

"Those Dems voting against this massive tax hike will be legends - actually be able to win again. Should be called the Inflation Expansion Act. Adds 87,000 gun carrying IRS Agents to cajole and harass you and your family. Call your Democrat Congressmen & women - tell them NOT to vote for this killer. Republicans are 100% against!" he said.

However, fact-checking website Snopes noted on Thursday that it was not true to say the Biden administration planned to hire 87,000 new agents.

Snopes said that claim misrepresented a 2021 U.S. Treasury Department report that estimated that $80 billion in funding would allow the IRS to hire 87,000 employees - including enforcement agents, customer service and technology specialists by 2031, with most of the new employees replacing current ones.

John Bolton Says Trump 'Fears Losing Again' if He Runs For President

Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton has said the former president "fears losing again" if he launches another bid for the White House in 2024.

Bolton told Piers Morgan Uncensored that the world "would not be safer" if Trump returned as president, saying that he has no philosophy.

He said that his view before the Mar-a-Lago search was that Trump wouldn't run in 2024.

"He knows he lost in 2020," Bolton said. "He fears losing again. He hates being called a loser worse than anything else. He would talk about running incessantly, but when the rubber met the road, he would not run."

However, Bolton said he did not know if this week's events would change matters.

How to Watch DOJ Reveal Trump Raid Warrant

The Department of Justice may hold another live briefing today after a federal judge in Florida unseals the warrant for the FBI search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.

If there is a briefing, it will likely be broadcast on the DOJ's official YouTube page and carried by major U.S. and international news networks - as Attorney General Garland's comments were yesterday.

Any live statement will also be available to watch on social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

However, it is not yet entirely clear if the DOJ will hold a briefing or if the documents will be published without a briefing taking place.

GOP News Conference Apparently Cancelled, But Michael Turner to Face Press

A Republican news conference scheduled for Friday morning that was set to focus on the FBI's raid on former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence has been cancelled, CBS News's Scott MacFarlane reports.

Another press briefing that is reportedly going ahead will be attended by House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Michael Turner at 9:30 a.m. ET, he added.

Responding to the developments the Democratic Coalition, an American Super PAC formerly known as the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, tweeted: "Oh. @HouseGOP, did something change after realizing your cult leader stole classified nuclear documents?"

The group was referring to a report by The Washington Post that FBI agents who raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate were searching for classified documents concerning nuclear weapons, allegations the former president has branded a "hoax."

Was Donald Trump Allowed To Destroy Classified Documents?

In the aftermath of the FBI's raid on former president Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home, the U.S. is speculating on what materials were seized.

If significant material was destroyed at Mar-a-Lago, Trump would not have enjoyed any purported special privileges, whether he did so after he left office or while he was still president.

Although the Presidential Records Act states that an incumbent President may "dispose of records that no longer have administrative, historical, informational, or evidentiary value," the disposal is only permitted after "views of the Archivist of the United States on the proposed disposal have been obtained in writing," and it also establishes that "Presidential records automatically transfer into the legal custody of the Archivist as soon as the president leaves office.

Trump Slams 'Hoax' Nuclear Claims in Truth Social Post

Former President Donald Trump, in a message posted on his social Truth Social platform Friday morning, dismissed a report by The Washington Post that FBI agents who raided his Mar-a-Lago estate were searching for classified documents concerning nuclear weapons.

"Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more," Trump wrote, referring to The Post's report, which relied on anonymous sources.

"Same sleazy people involved. Why wouldn't the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer's, or others, present," he continued. "Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn't let them get even close - said 'ABSOLUTELY NOT.' Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer [sic] Steele Dossier!"

Earlier this week, two senior government officials told Newsweek that FBI agents were seeking classified "national defense information."

Marjorie Taylor Greene Says U.S. 'Must Defund the FBI'

Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene suggested Thursday that the U.S. defund the Justice Department.

"Our government has become an institution that protects and serves the elites, while the people suffer under the America last ruling class," Greene tweeted, a day after she alleged FBI informants who provided information ahead of Monday's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort are "traitors."

"We must defund the FBI, dismantle the DOJ, and gut the agencies of political biases and persecutions," she wrote. "I believe in the people."

Greene is among several GOP figures pushing unsubstantiated claims that the FBI may have "planted" evidence during their search of Trump's Florida home.

Trump 'Incredibly Vulnerable' After FBI Raid, Swalwell Says

Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell said on Thursday that former President Trump is now "incredibly vulnerable" following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago earlier this week.

Swalwell, who represents California's 15th congressional district, told MSNBC: "This was a Donald Trump-appointed FBI director, an independent judge who looked at the evidence."

He highlighted those who had called for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to go to prison over alleged mishandling of classified information and contrasted it with Trump's situation.

"All that happened here, if we're talking about classified information, is it looked like it was just taken out of his residence," Swalwell said. "Who knows what's gonna happen in the future but if that's the worst thing that happens to Donald Trump, it seems like they're getting all worked up for a lot of things."

How Voters Feel About Trump Raid, According to Poll

About half of registered voters approve of the FBI's decision to carry out a search of former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, according to a POLITICO/Morning Consult poll conducted on August 10.

Forty-nine percent of respondents said they somewhat or strongly approve of the search, compared to 37 percent who said they somewhat or strongly disapprove and just 13 percent who did not know or had no opinion.

A majority of respondents - 54 percent - also said that the FBI conducted the search due to mishandling of classified information, while 46 percent did not give that as a reason for the search when given the option.

The poll was conducted among 2004 registered voters and had a margin of error of +/- 2 percent.

Donald Trump Watched Raid on Security Cameras From New York: Christina Bobb

Trump lawyer Christina Bobb has said that the former president and his family watched the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago on security cameras while they were in New York.

"They were actually able to see the whole thing... They actually have a better idea of what took place inside," Bobb told Real America's Voice on Thursday.

Bobb said that the agents had turned the security cameras off for a brief period but that they had been turned back on.

"So initially they said that... [they] need to turn off all cameras and of course, the staff complied," she said, adding that "then lawyers said that you don't actually have to turn them off. So shortly after they turned them back on."

Christina Bobb made headlines recently when she said that Republicans were more "attractive" than Democrats.

Lauren Boebert Calls Trump Raid 'Nothing Short of a Coup'

Republican Representative Lauren Boebert has described the FBI raid on former President Trump's Florida residence as a "coup" after Attorney General Merrick Garland revealed he had signed off on the search.

"AG Garland personally approved the raid on President Trump," Boebert tweeted on Thursday. "This is nothing short of a coup."

Boebert, a strong supporter of the former president, is among many of his Republican allies who have condemned the FBI raid. Trump and two of his attorneys have previously suggested FBI agents may have been "planting" evidence.

Lauren Boebert at CPAC
U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) has called the FBI raid on Donald Trump's home "nothing short of a coup." Pictured, Boebert speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Hilton Anatole on August 06, 2022 in Dallas, Texas. BRANDON BELL/GETTY

Donald Trump 'Tripped Up' by Merrick Garland: Mary Trump

Mary Trump has suggested that Attorney General Merrick Garland had "tripped up" her uncle by announcing the DOJ's intention to unseal the warrant for an FBI search at Mar-a-Lago.

"He's probably having a very difficult time processing this because, you know, Donald is a coward and a bully," Mary Trump, a long-time critic of Donald Trump, told MSNBC on Thursday.

"He only attacks if he believes there will be no counterattack," she said.

"Garland is playing chess. Donald can only play checkers. So, he's being outmaneuvered," Mary Trump went on. "He's also gotten tripped up. It never occurred to Donald that somebody who looks like Merrick Garland and talks like Merrick Garland is actually a ninja."

What's Going on With Trump and the FBI?

It's been a hectic few days for former President Trump and for the FBI.

FBI agents carried out a search at Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida on Monday and reportedly seized around a dozen boxes in an investigation into the handling of potentially classified presidential documents.

Trump and his Republican allies reacted with fury to the raid, suggesting it was politicized and that agents may even have planted evidence, though there is no proof of that.

The former president has not released the warrant his legal team was provided at the time of the search but on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice was seeking to unseal the warrant.

Trump has the right to object to that but indicated on Truth Social on Thursday that he would not do so. Still, he has until 3p.m. ET today to file an objection with a federal judge in Florida.

Michael Cohen Suggests Trump Could Go to Prison

Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, who dramatically turned on the former president, has suggested his old boss could end up in prison due to recent events at Mar-a-Lago.

Cohen responded to a Twitter user early on Friday who asked him about the chances of Trump going to prison.

"It's not looking good for Trump. Looking forward to seeing more evidence of more illegal actions committed by #TFG," Cohen wrote, referring to the phrase "The Former Guy" used to describe Trump.

However, the former president has not been charged with any crime and has called for the "immediate release" of documents relating to the FBI search at his Florida residence.

Chinese Newspaper Mocks 'U.S. Politics These Days' After Trump Banner Flown

A Chinese newspaper has mocked the state of U.S. politics in response to a story about a man who paid to fly a banner over Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

"US politics these days!" the official Twitter account of state-affiliated Global Times tweeted. "A Florida man spent $1,800 commissioning a plane to fly a banner reading 'HA HA HA HA HA HA' over Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home after it was raided by FBI agents to give 'him a taste of his own medicine.'"

They also shared a video of the banner and cited a report from USA Today.

Global Times commentator Hu Xijin also weighed in on Twitter and appeared to mock the U.S. political system.

"I hope Donald Trump will run in the 2024 presidential election," Hu wrote. "It will be lively and exciting with his participation. The US should make their presidential elections as engaging as entertainment events and Trump is the Michael Jackson of the political arena."

Stephen Colbert Mocks Fox News Host's 'Stupid' Theory

Stephen Colbert has mocked the idea that FBI agents may have planted evidence during the raid at Mar-a-Lago and taken aim at Fox News' Ainsley Earhardt, who questioned what was in the agent's backpacks.

"You know when you accuse someone of planting evidence before they say that they even found anything, it's when you know they're gonna find something," The Late Show host said on Thursday.

"Officer, before you breathalyze me, I must inform you I suspect that you have planted a fifth of tequila in my stomach," he joked.

Colbert said that Earhardt had advanced a "very stupid theory" about what might have been in the agents' backpacks.

"What was in those backpacks?" Earhardt had asked.

"Good point, Ainsley! Everyone knows you get to search the cops before they search you," Colbert said. "That's why I always tell TSA, 'Hold on, mister. First, I'm gonna knuckle-bump your junk.'"

Clinton's Claims About Trump and Nuclear Codes Resurface

Comments made by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016 have garnered renewed attention following reports that classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among items the FBI sought from Mar-a-Lago.

"This is not someone who should ever have the nuclear codes," Clinton said in June, 2016. "Because it's not hard to imagine Donald Trump leading us into a war just because somebody got under his very thin skin."

Antonio Arellano, vice president of NextGen America, a youth voter mobilization organization, tweeted: "Hillary warned us Donald Trump couldn't be trusted with the nuclear codes."

Content editor Mike P Williams posted "throwback to when Hillary Clinton was spot on about Dodgy Donald Trump" as he shared a 2016 tweet from Clinton.

However, Robert "Buzz" Patterson - a retired U.S. Air Force lieutenant colonel whose duties included carrying the so-called "nuclear football" - poured cold water on the idea Trump had the nuclear codes.

"For those who buy the lie that President Trump 'stole' nuclear codes. It doesn't work like that. Codes change when presidents change. It's not that intriguing," he said.

What We Know About When The Warrant Could be Unsealed

The warrant authorizing the FBI search at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence could be released as early as Friday afternoon if his attorneys do not object.

Trump has the right to object to the warrant's release but must inform a federal judge in Florida of any objection by 3p.m. ET today. He indicated on his Truth Social site late on Thursday that he would not object.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Department of Justice was seeking to unseal the warrant and a property receipt which is expected to show what the FBI agents removed from Mar-a-Lago.

If Trump's legal team files no objection, federal magistrate judge Bruce Reinhart is likely to oversee the release of those documents following the 3p.m. deadline.

Lara Trump Brands Raid 'Outrageous', Says No Nuclear Documents at Resort

Donald Trump's daughter-in-law Lara Trump has called the FBI search at Mar-a-Lago "outrageous" and said that no documents related to nuclear weapons were disseminated there.

Fox News Brian Kilmeade asked Trump, who is married to Eric Trump, about a report from The Washington Post that classified nuclear documents were among the items the FBI sought from Mar-a-Lago.

"Did you see any nuclear reports at the Mar-a-Lago club? Maybe around the pool by the lifeguard stand?" Kilmeade asked.

"No, those were not disseminated freely at the Mar-a-Lago resort — of course not," Trump said.

"But who knows? I think it's a question for a lot of people: What could possibly rise to the level of not taking a bit of a different approach and instead raiding the former president's home? It's just absolutely outrageous," she went on.

"This is not the country that we have come to know and love," Trump added.

Trump Calls for "Immediate Release" of Raid Warrant

Former President Trump has said he will not oppose the Department of Justice's efforts to unseal the warrant authorizing a search at his Mar-a-Lago residence and called for the "immediate release" of documents relating to the raid.

"Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents," Trump wrote on his Truth Social social media platform late on Thursday night.

Trump can object to the release of the warrant and a property receipt which will show what the FBI agents removed from Mar-a-Lago. He has until 3p.m. ET on Friday to inform a federal judge in Florida of any objection.

FBI Were Searching for Nuclear Documents, Sources Say

Classified documents related to nuclear weapons were among the items the Department of Justice sought during the search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on Monday, The Washington Post reported on Thursday.

The newspaper cited unnamed sources who said the search highlighted the urgency that government officials felt in preventing the potentially highly sensitive documents from ending up into the wrong hands.

That report has not been confirmed and it is as yet unclear whether the warrant will include any mention of classified nuclear documents.

Two senior government officials told Newsweek earlier this week that the FBI agents were looking for classified "national defense information" and that the raid was timed to coincide with Trump being away from Mar-a-Lago.