Re: FBI raids Trump's Mar-a-Lago: 'Unprecedented' for agency to execute search warrant against former president

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Aug 9, 2022, 11:30:02 PM8/9/22
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Former head of the FBI's Minneapolis Field Office Michael Tabman
said the FBI's execution of a search warrant on Trump's Mar-a-
Lago home in Florida is 'unprecedented'

The FBI’s decision to execute a search warrant at former
President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday is "unprecedented" –
especially for a non-sitting commander-in-chief and one who has
indicated he might run again, a former special-agent-in-charge
told Fox News Digital on Monday.

"We just haven’t investigated presidents after they’ve served
their term," Michael Tabman, former head of the FBI’s
Minneapolis Field Office, said. "But it is a huge move by the
FBI in that the political sensitivities are clear. It's obvious
that they're dealing on a very, sort of tenuous political
climate when you go out and you investigate a president,
especially one who says he may run for office again."

Trump announced on Monday that his palatial Florida residence
had been raided early in the morning. Sources told Fox News
Digital the search was in connection with materials that Trump
took with him from his time as president. Sources also said
National Archives and Records Administration referred the case
to the Justice Department, which recovered 15 boxes of
classified materials from the home.

But Tabman, who is now retired and not involved in the FBI’s
investigation into Trump, noted that securing a search warrant
"is no minor task."

"You have to certainly, as most people know, produce probable
cause … to first get prosecutors who want to write this and
present it to a judge – and then present it to a judge who has
to agree that you have shown probable cause that a crime has
been committed, there is evidence of the crime in the location
that you state and at the time you plan to execute the warrant,"
he said, by phone. "So, there's a lot of information that you
have to be very convincing of to a federal judge and they
scrutinize these."

He called it "an excruciating, painful process writing that
affidavit – you know, crossing the T's, dotting your I's,
getting your approval both within the FBI and within the
prosecutors’ chain of command."

"And there's no doubt in my mind that this went all the way to
the attorney general before they took it to a judge," Tabman

Asked about the potential for a search warrant to be
politicized, he said any system "can be corrupted," but in an
instance such as this, the search warrant affidavit will at some
point be public.

"You can seal a search warrant for a time. I've done that
myself, sealed a search warrant for various reasons having to do
with the security of the case," he went on. "But it will become
public, as will the return, which is what they found. So, the
affidavit will be laid bare."

He added: "In order for this to really be political, there
[will] have to be corruption at every level along the way, which
I just don't think exists."

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