Trump FBI raid: Agents seize Mar-a-Lago documents in unprecedented move
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 tells Fox News Digital.
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More details emerge of lead-up to FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid
A member of the Secret Service is seen in front of the home of former President Donald Trump at Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday, Aug. 9. (Giorgio Viera/AFP via Getty Images)
Sources told Fox News on Tuesday that investigators from the Justice Departmen t visited Mar-a-Lago in June for a meeting about turning over records as part of an investigation into documents former President Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his private residence when he left office in January 2021.
Trump's attorneys were present at that meeting and the sources say the former president himself stopped in to say hello for a few minutes.
The meeting came months after the National Archives -- with assistance from the Justice Department -- was able to get 15 boxes of documents sent back to Washington, D.C. after expressing concern they were in Florida.
The June meeting was about additional documents that were being sought. But following it, the Justice Department and FBI felt they weren't getting the same cooperation they had been receiving earlier in the probe, according to a source with knowledge of negotiations between Trump's team and the federal entities.
The perceived lack of cooperation is why a search warrant was requested and ultimately executed on Monday, Aug. 8 at Trump's Palm Beach property.
Fox News' David Spunt, Bill Mears and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.
Trump supporters outside Mar-a-Lago say FBI search was political
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Floridians outside Mar-a-Lago shared their reactions to the FBI's search of former President Trump’s residence.
"I just feel like this isn't Russia. This isn't Venezuela. This isn't China. This is the United States of America," Adriene Chockett, from Lakeworth Beach, told Fox News. "And these things should not be happening in our country."
"I'm just doing my small part. Just standing here for a few hours with the American flag," Chockett continued. "I want to help save America. Save our country. Save our rights."
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Trump-backed candidates rush to his defense after 'politically motivated' Mar-a-Lago raid
After being endorsed by former President Donald Trump in their campaigns, Trump-backed candidates quickly came to the former president's defense after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home Monday.
The FBI raided Trump's home on Monday, in search of classified materials that Trump allegedly took back to his residence following his time in the White House.
Following the raid, Trump-endorsed midterm candidates raced to Twitter to defend the former Republican President.
For more on this story: Trump-backed candidates rush to his defense after 'politically motivated' Mar-a-Lago raid
Michael Cohen declares 'the end is near' for Trump after FBI raid
Michael Cohen, a former attorney for former President Trump, declared on Tuesday that "the end is near" for his former boss after the FBI executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago residence.
"Here’s what Trump’s attorneys should be telling him: ‘when the fbi raids, all you can do is prepare for jail.’" Cohen tweeted. "No one is above the law!"
He tweeted the message along with the hashtag "#KarmaBoomerang" and an image of an uncomfortable-looking Trump with the caption: "The End is Near…"
For more on this story: Michael Cohen declares 'the end is near' for Trump after FBI raid
House Republicans to meet with Trump at Bedminster, following Mar-a-Lago FBI raid
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., speaks at a press conference following a Republican caucus meeting at the U.S. Capitol on June 8, 2022. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)
Rep. Jim Banks and members of the House Republican Study Committee are expected to meet with former President Trump at his property in Bedminster, New Jersey, Tuesday evening, Fox News has learned.
Banks, R-Ind., the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, is expected to bring a dozen members of the panel to Trump National Golf Club Bedminster to meet with the former president.
It is unclear, at this point, which RSC members will join Banks.
For more on this story: House Republicans to meet with Trump at Bedminster, following Mar-a-Lago FBI raid
Police direct traffic outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, Monday, Aug. 8, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP//Terry Renna)
EXCLUSIVE: Republican Sen. Ron Johnson is questioning how "detached" President Biden is from "his own administration," after the White House said it was not given "notice" of the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago.
Trump’s private residence in Palm Beach, Florida, was raided by the FBI Monday morning, when the former president was in New York City. The raid was connected to an investigation into classified records Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to home when he left office in January 2021.
When asked for comment Monday, a White House official told Fox News Digital: "We did not have notice of the reported action and would refer you to the Justice Department for any additional information."
For more on this story: Johnson questions how 'detached' Biden is from his admin, after not being notified of FBI Mar-a-Lago raid
Biden does not mention Mar-a-Lago raid during speech
President Joe Biden speaks before signing into law H.R. 4346, the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, at the White House in Washington, on Tuesday, Aug. 9. (AP/Carolyn Kaster)
President Biden, speaking Tuesday while signing the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 into law, made no mention of the FBI's raid last night at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.
Biden also took no questions from reporters following the speech.
Hillary Clinton appears to fundraise off Mar-a-Lago search
Hillary Clinton’s campaign appears to be fundraising off the FBI raid at former President Donald Trump residence at Mar-a-Lago.
"Every ‘But her emails’ hat or shirt sold helps @onwardtogether partners defend democracy, build a progressive bench, and fight for our values," Clinton tweeted on Tuesday. "Just saying!"
Clinton used a personal email server to house classified information during her time as Secretary of State, which became a major issue of contention during her 2016 presidential run against Trump.
For more on this story: Hillary Clinton appears to fundraise off Mar-a-Lago search
Nancy Pelosi reacts to FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, says authorities had 'justification'
Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, Aug. 8, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP/Terry Renna)
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi reacted to the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Tuesday.
Pelosi says she doesn't have any insider information, but expects that authorities must have had "justification" for the raid. The FBI executed a search warrant on Trump's resort on Monday, seeking documents that the former president had taken from the White House while leaving office in 2021.
"All I know about that is what is in the public domain. I was surprised that it flashed on my phone last evening, so I don't really have too much to say except that to have a visit like that, you need a warrant. To have a warrant, you need justification. And that says that no one is above the law, not even a president or a former president of the United States," Pelosi told MSNBC's Morning Joe.
For more on this story: Nancy Pelosi reacts to FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, says authorities had 'justification'
Trump raid linked to DOJ, National Archives probe into classified docs allegedly taken to Mar-a-Lago
Supporters of former President Donald Trump gather on a bridge heading to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., on Tuesday morning. (Fox News/Matt Leach)
Former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home was raided by the FBI Monday morning in an unprecedented move by the bureau, and one connected to an investigation into records Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his private residence when he left office in January 2021.
Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration (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 state.
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."
For more on this story: Trump raid linked to DOJ, National Archives probe into classified docs allegedly taken to Mar-a-Lago
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says DOJ must 'explain' Mar-a-Lago raid
Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is sounding off Tuesday on the FBI's raid on Mar-a-Lago.
In a tweet, Cuomo says the Justice Department "must immediately explain the reason for its raid and it must be more than a search for inconsequential archives or it will be viewed as a political tactic and undermine any future credible investigation and legitimacy of January 6 investigations."
For more on this story: Cuomo says Justice Department 'must immediately explain' Trump raid or risk undermining January 6 probe.
Biden speaks publicly for first time since Trump's Mar-a-Lago home raided by FBI
President Biden is speaking Tuesday for the first time since former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home was raided by the FBI.
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