Donald Trump expressed his displeasure on Wednesday over the fact that the FBI prevented any of his personnel, including his attorneys, from seeing the parts of his Mar-a-Lago house that were the subject of the search on Monday. Trump also claimed that the FBI may have ‘planted’ evidence.
Despite repeated requests from federal investigators, members of the former president’s staff who were present at his house in Florida at the time of the raid disobeyed their orders and refused to disable the surveillance cameras located there.
This news comes as Donald Trump confirmed on Tuesday that he will be deposed the following day, on Wednesday, as part of the civil investigation being conducted by the New York attorney general into the real estate business owned by his family.
The investigation that resulted in the raid on Monday was reportedly about the removal of White House’s official documents when the former president left office last year. The New York investigation is just one of many that the former president is facing, including the investigation that led to the raid on Monday.
‘The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago,’ Trump posted on Wednesday morning to his Truth Social page.
‘Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting,” he continued casting doubt on the legitimacy of the operation.
Trump, 76, questioned: ‘Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never ‘raided,’ despite big disputes!’
On Tuesday, a lawyer for Donald Trump named Christina Bobb gave an interview to Real America’s Voice in which she referred to the raid as a “weird flex” and reiterated Trump’s belief that the RBI may have planted evidence during the search.
‘No, there is no security that something wasn’t planted,’ the 37-year-old lawyer said. ‘I’m not saying that’s what they did.’
‘This was a completely unnecessary power flex. It was a weird flex,’ Bobb added. ‘It’s quite honestly sad to see what they have done to our country.’
On Monday, the temperature in Palm Beach reached a blistering 91 degrees, and there was a significant level of humidity. Despite this, Trump’s attorneys were not permitted inside the building where the FBI raid was taking place, so they were forced to wait outside near a parking lot.
On Tuesday evening, the former president was seen making his way back to his residence in Trump Tower, which is located in Manhattan.
During the raid on his Florida residence the day before, investigators spent many hours searching his office and even went so far as to check through Melania Trump’s wardrobe.