Re: FBI would not let Trump attorneys in rooms as agents raided Mar-a-Lago, warrant focused on NARA: source

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If Nancy Pelosi dies tomorrow...

Aug 9, 2022, 10:45:02 PM8/9/22
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FBI agents would not allow Trump lawyers watch as they raided
former President Trump’s private home at Mar-a-Lago early Monday
morning, a source told Fox News.

Trump was in New York City while his home in Palm Beach,
Florida, was raided.

A source familiar with the raid told Fox News the warrant for
the raid was related to the National Archives and Records
Administration (NARA) effort to collect records and materials
the former president took with him from Washington, D.C., to Mar-

"This was a NARA issue," the source close to the former
president told Fox News, adding Trump has been "cooperating."

"There is no need for any of this," the source said, adding the
FBI "wouldn’t let the attorneys come in to watch the raid. They
told them to leave."

The source told Fox News that when NARA visited Mar-a-Lago in
February, Trump and his team "gave them what they wanted."

"It was all provided to them," the source said. "This is absurd."

Another source told Fox News negotiations and communications
"never broke down."

Earlier this year, NARA said Trump took 15 boxes of presidential
records to his personal residence in Florida. Those boxes
allegedly contained "classified national security information"
and official correspondence between Trump and foreign heads of

NARA notified Congress in February that the agency recovered the
15 boxes from Mar-a-Lago and "identified items marked as
classified national security information within the boxes."

NARA describes itself as "the nation's record keeper."

"Of all documents and materials created in the course of
business conducted by the United States federal government, only
1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they
are kept by us forever," the NARA website states.

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.

According to a 2017 memorandum issued by the White House
counsel's office under the Trump administration, "any employee
who intentionally fails to take these actions may be subject to
administrative or even criminal penalties."

"The National Archives did not ‘find’ anything, they were given,
upon request, Presidential Records in an ordinary and routine
process to ensure the preservation of my legacy and in
accordance with the Presidential Records Act," Trump said in a
February statement, adding that Democrats "are in search of
their next scam."

The matter was referred to the Justice Department by NARA.

An FBI source confirmed that FBI agents from Washington, D.C.,
on the bureau's Evidence Response Team conducted the raid and
notified the Miami Field Office just before doing so.

A separate source familiar with the raid told Fox News agents
brought a "safe cracker" and cracked a "relatively new" safe in
Mar-a-Lago but found "nothing in it."

Another source told Fox News that FBI agents went to Mar-a-Lago
and looked in every single office and safe and grabbed documents
and boxes without going through them on the property. They took
boxes and documents to go through them later.

"They were not being judicious about what they took," that
source told Fox News.

Trump made the raid public Monday evening, saying in a lengthy
statement, "Nothing like this has ever happened to a President
of the United States before.

"After working and cooperating with the relevant Government
agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or
appropriate," Trump said. "It is prosecutorial misconduct, the
weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical
Left Democrats who desperately don't want me to run for
President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who
will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives
in the upcoming Midterm Elections.

"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.

"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."

On Tuesday, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News the
FBI's "brazen raid was not just unprecedented, it was completely

"President Trump and his representatives have gone to
painstaking lengths in communicating and cooperating with the
appropriate agencies — something that is routine for all similar
instances," Budowich said. "These disgusting actions by Joe
Biden's administration would make a third-world dictator blush.

"However, in the Democrats' desperate attempt to retain power,
they have unified and grown the entire conservative movement."

The White House maintained it was given no advance notice of the
FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago and said President Biden learned of it
through public press reports "just like the American people."

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