Documents obtained from the National Archives by America First Legal suggest that the raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence involved a “special access request” from the Biden administration.
On August 8, 2022, the FBI conducted a raid on Mar-a-Lago, citing the retrieval of alleged classified documents as the reason, Breitbart News reported.
The media reported that officials from the Biden administration were surprised by the move, and the Archives denied involvement in the DOJ investigation.
On Monday, America First Legal disclosed that documents reveal the FBI acquired access to the records through a “special access request” made by the Biden White House on behalf of the DOJ. This information contradicts what the Archives informed Congress.
It is worth noting that despite the Archives’ statement that it was not involved in the DOJ investigation, the documents indicate that John Laster, the Archives’ official in charge of administering all access requests for Presidential records, was involved in preparing the 15 boxes for FBI review as recently as August 23, 2022.
Senior Counselor and Director of Oversight and Investigations, Reed D. Rubinstein, issued a statement criticizing the White House’s alleged involvement in the FBI’s raid of Trump’s residence, as reported by Breitbart News.
The investigation into the documents that Trump took at the end of his presidency will be handled by Special Counsel Jack Smith, appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Written by staff