The White House claimed they had no advance knowledge of the FBI raid on former President Trumps Florida residence and only learned about it, like everyone else, on Twitter.
The likelihood of the Justice Department executing a search warrant for the residence of a former president and political opponent of the current administration without the knowledge of that administration is odd at best. However, that is precisely what New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin tweeted on Monday night.
Senior White House officials found out about the FBI’s Mar a Lago raid on Twitter, had no notice, per source familiar
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) August 8, 2022
Other reporters voiced the same narrative within the hours following the raid.
A firestorm from both sides of the political aisle erupted on Twitter. The left praised and offered accolades for the FBI’s diligence in doing its job. Meanwhile, the right rebuked and criticized the actions of the investigative agency.
Trump decried the raid, although reportedly, he was not at Mar-A-Lago at the time.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
The search was reportedly for materials from the National Archives that Trump brought with him to Mar-A-Lago upon leaving the White House in 2021. Allegedly it included dozens of boxes of documents that were reportedly marked as classified.
Commentary from those who have no alignment with the 45th president merits consideration.
David Axelrod, a former Obama Administration top advisor, said Attorney General Merrick Garland has politically passed the point of no return.
“He has crossed a Rubicon here — if you are going to prosecute a former President of the United States, you’d better be pretty darn sure that you have an open-and-shut case,” Axelrod said.