There is no legal basis for the FBI to raid Mar-a-Lago.
President Trump noted this in a statement this week where he highlights a report from David B. Rivkin Jr.and Lee A. Casey that was posted at the Wall Street Journal on Monday:
Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago? The judge who issued the warrant for Mar-a-Lago has signaled that he is likely to release a redacted version of the affidavit supporting it. But the warrant itself suggests the answer is likely no—the FBI had no legally valid cause for the raid.
The warrant authorized the FBI to seize “all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed in violation of 18 U.S.C. §§793, 2071, or 1519” (emphasis added). These three criminal statutes all address the possession and handling of materials that contain national-security information, public records or material relevant to an investigation or other matters properly before a federal agency or the courts.
Sean Hannity discussed this on his show last night:
Now to more breaking developments surrounding the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago. Now, at the time of the raid, the Brandon White House – remember, they claim they had no prior knowledge at all of the investigation and they were learning about it for the first time on the news like everybody else – But last night right here on this program, investigative reporter John Solomon told us all of that is just simply not true. And based on documents reviewed by Solomon, the Brandon White House, in fact, actually facilitated the DOJ’s probe against Donald Trump.
One high-level Brandon staffer was even in communication with the FBI and the DOJ as early as April the 15th and conveyed, quote, President Brandon would not object to waiving his predecessor’s claims to executive privilege. In other words, the Brandon administration was actively paving the way for the FBI’s investigation into documents from Trump’s time as president that Trump had every legal right to possess. As The Wall Street Journal and our own Greg Jarrett pointed out.
This was discussed at TGP this week as well. According to a ruling by corrupt DC Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the Clintons were able to keep the documents they took with them from the Clinton White House due to Jackson ruling that these documents were the property of President Trump.
President Trump had every right to hold these documents because they were his. He kept them secure. He allowed the FBI to see what he kept and he worked with the FBI in this regard. The FBI’s raid was criminal based on Judge Berman’s ruling because the FBI stole these documents.