Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested that the FBI’s recent raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate was politically motivated, and the latest allegations against the Bureau could add some gravity to those claims.
That’s because, in addition to retrieving documents that Donald Trump has declared were not illegal for him to possess, it appears as though the FBI may have also taken personal and privileged files from the “Southern White House” as well.
The FBI seized boxes containing records covered by attorney-client privilege and potentially executive privilege during its raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News, adding that the Justice Department opposed Trump lawyers’ request for the appointment of an independent, special master to review the records.Advertisement - story continues below
Sources familiar with the investigation told Fox News Saturday that the former president’s team was informed that boxes labeled A-14, A-26, A-43, A-13, A-33, and a set of documents—all seen on the final page of the FBI’s property receipt —contained information covered by attorney-client privilege.
The Bureau appears to be at odds with Trump on the appropriateness of the documents’ classification.
The FBI seized classified records from Trump’s Palm Beach home during its unprecedented Monday morning raid, including some marked as top secret. But the former president is disputing the classification, saying the records have been declassified.
The news will do little to assuage fears that the FBI were simply on a “fishing expedition” at Mar-a-Lago, and could stoke further turbulence for the already highly criticized agency.