According to a judicial watchdog group, America First Legal (AFL), new details are emerging regarding the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last year. The AFL reported that an investigation into the raid revealed that the FBI obtained access to National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) records through a “special access request” that was made by the Biden White House on behalf of the Department of Justice.
SHOCKING — It appears that the Biden White House and DOJ coordinated to obtain the records at President Trump’s home, Mar-a-Lago, and perhaps create a pretext for the law enforcement raid by way of a “special access request.”
AFL is taking action:https://t.co/JapM7ZFq4k
— America First Legal (@America1stLegal) April 10, 2023
The AFL released a statement saying, “On August 8, 2022, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted an unprecedented raid of Mar-a-Lago on the ground that potentially classified records existed there. According to press reports, Biden Administration aides were ‘stunned’ to hear of this development. However, new NARA records obtained through America First Legal’s investigation into the circumstances surrounding the Mar-a-Lago raid further confirmed that the FBI obtained access to these records through a ‘special access request’ from the Biden White House on behalf of the Department of Justice (DOJ).”
The AFL stated that “the Biden White House and DOJ coordinated to obtain the Trump records and perhaps create a pretext for the law enforcement raid by way of the ‘special access request.’”
AFL’s investigation suggests that not only was the White House involved in setting up Trump but also that the National Archives provided Congress with misleading information about the White House’s role in the raid.
The AFL stated, “This stunning revelation suggests that NARA was misleading Congress about the White House’s role in the shocking raid of President Trump’s home, and the fact that the Biden White House was acting ‘on behalf of’ the DOJ raises significant legal concerns. The special access statute authorizes special access requests to an incumbent president only when the records in question are needed for ‘the conduct of current business’ of the White House. Providing documents to the DOJ for purposes of a criminal investigation is not the ‘current business’ of the White House.”
AFL is calling on NARA to disclose all records connected to the Biden administration’s involvement in the politically charged raid of former President Trump’s home.
Senior Counselor and Director of Oversight and Investigations Reed D. Rubinstein had this to say, “The evidence suggests that the ostensibly nonpartisan National Archives and Records Administration misled Congress about the Biden White House’s responsibility for the FBI’s raid of former President Trump’s home. The evidence further suggests that Biden officials in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice unlawfully abused their power and then lied about it to the American people. This government, it seems, acknowledges no limits on its power to harass, intimidate and silence its political opponents.”