On Monday, the FBI executed a search order at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, which an ex-special agent-in-charge described as “unprecedented” for a non-sitting president who has hinted he would compete for office again.
“We just haven’t investigated presidents after they’ve served their term,” Michael Tabman, former head of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, stated. “But it is a huge move by the FBI in that the political sensitivities are clear. It’s obvious that they’re dealing on a very, sort of tenuous political climate when you go out and you investigate a president, especially one who says he may run for office again.”
On Monday, Trump said that his opulent Florida mansion had been searched early in the morning. Fox News Digital sources said the search was related to Trump’s personal belongings that he brought with him when he left the White House. An additional 15 boxes of top-secret documents were found in the home thanks to a referral from the National Archives and Records Administration to the Justice Department.
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A search warrant “is no minor task,” according to Tabman, who is now retired and not involved in the FBI’s investigation into Trump.
“You have to certainly, as most people know, produce probable cause … to first get prosecutors who want to write this and present it to a judge – and then present it to a judge who has to agree that you have shown probable cause that a crime has been committed, there is evidence of the crime in the location that you state and at the time you plan to execute the warrant,” he stated, by phone. “So, there’s a lot of information that you have to be very convincing of to a federal judge and they scrutinize these.”
He called it “an excruciating, painful process writing that affidavit – you know, crossing the T’s, dotting your I’s, getting your approval both within the FBI and within the prosecutors’ chain of command.”
“And there’s no doubt in my mind that this went all the way to the attorney general before they took it to a judge,” Tabman stated.
Search of Trump abusive? Law enforcement leaves a copy of the search warrant, which itemizes what they are looking for and what laws were violated
If Trump/RNC think this search signed off on by a fed judge is abusive & they have nothing to hide,release the warrant to the public
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) August 9, 2022
Questions regarding the potential for politicization of a search warrant were answered by saying any system “can be corrupted,” but in this case, the search warrant affidavit will be made public.
“You can seal a search warrant for a time. I’ve done that myself, sealed a search warrant for various reasons having to do with the security of the case,” he went on. “But it will become public, as will the return, which is what they found. So, the affidavit will be laid bare.”
He added: “In order for this to really be political, there [will] have to be corruption at every level along the way, which I just don’t think exists.” Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily