Wednesday 10 August 2022 03:22 PM Eric Trump reveals what REALLY happened in the FBI raid trends now
Eric Trump revealed FBI agents refused to hand over the search warrant for their raid on Mar-a-Lago and kicked an attorney off the property in a new, incisive account of the Monday operation at the Florida estate.
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com, the former president's son said the 30 agents who arrived at the property asked staff to turn security cameras off – but they refused.
The bureau, he said, also brought safe crackers in to break into his father's safe, and he slammed the investigators for rummaging through former first lady Melania's wardrobe and searching her clothing.
The latest explosive account comes with the Department of Justice facing mounting pressure to explain what grounds they had for the search.
Eric said that his father's lawyer Christina Bobb was forced to stand at the end of the Mar-a-Lago driveway throughout the raid.
'There's 30 agents there,' he recalled of the Monday search in a phone call with DailyMail.com. 'They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.'
'They would not give her the search warrant,' he claimed. 'So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant.'
Eric Trump recounted the Monday raid of Mar-a-Lago in an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com
Eric said lawyer Christina Bobb was forced to wait at the end of a driveway during the search. Pictured: Armed Secret Service agents stand outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, late Monday, August 8 in Palm Beach, Florida
Donald Trump raises a fist to bystanders as he departs Trump Tower Wednesday morning to face a deposition from New York Attorney General Letitia James in a probe unrelated to the raid of his Florida residence on Monday
He said that Bobb was confused why a lawyer for the person's home being raided by the FBI was not able to see or obtain a copy of the search warrant.
Eric said he would be 'thrilled' to find out if there was a valid search warrant.
'It's all a coordinated attack with the FBI,' the former president's son added, insisting the raid was approved by President Biden.
'Do you think that the FBI director is going to raid the former president's house, especially a house as you know, kind of world renowned as Mar Lago is in a place as public as Mar Lago is without getting the approval of President [Biden]?' Eric questioned.
The above timeline highlights just some of former President Donald Trump's battles with the National Archives since leaving office, including an unrelated court fight with the January 6 committee
'Biden knew all about this, just like he knew all about Hunter's 'deals,'' the ex-president posted to his Truth Social website.
Hunter Biden's foreign business dealings have attracted contoversy, though the president has denied being involved in them.
Trump also pushed that the Mar-a-Lago raid was a continuation of politically motivated investigations against him.
'A horrible thing that took place yesterday at Mar-a-Lago,' he wrote. 'We are no better than a third world country, a banana republic.'
'It is a continuation of Russia, Russia, Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax # 2, the no collusion Mueller Report, and more,' he continued.
'To make matters worse it is all, in my opinion, a coordinated attack with Radical Left Democrat state & local D.A.'s & A.G.'s,' the former president added.
On Monday, Trump confirmed that FBI agents had raided Mar-a-Lago, after media reports said agents were spotted leaving the ex-president's Florida home and private club.
It marks the first time in U.S. history the home of a former president has been raided.
A number of public officials have called for an explanation.
'The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday,' said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday night. 'Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately.'
Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday claimed President Joe Biden knew about the FBI 's raid of Mar-a-Lago in advance, something the White House has denied
'Biden knew all about this, just like he knew all about Hunter's 'deals,'' the ex-president posted to his Truth Social website
Hunter Biden (left) and President Joe Biden (right) pose for a photo in 2016. Trump claimed that the president knew about the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago in advance, just like he knew about Hunter's 'deals.' Hunter Biden's foreign business deals have attracted controversy
McConnell, who had a falling out with Trump over the ex-president's false election fraud claims, had previously not commented on the raid. McConnell waited until just over 24 hours to respond.
Trump confirmed the raid in a statement Monday evening, saying the move represented 'dark times for our Nation,' pushing that the Biden administration was going after him as a political target.
Trump is mulling a 2024 presidential run.
A number of media outlets reported that the raid stemmed from an investigation into Trump removing classified documents from the White House and not the Department of Justice's current probe into January 6, which is also partially focused on Trump.
The House select committee on January 6 is also investigating the January 6 Capitol attack and Trump's action surrounding it.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night that the FBI hauled away 10 boxes of documents during the raid, after the National Archives retrieved more than a dozen boxes of documents from the Florida resort earlier this year.
Additionally, the ex-president is facing potential legal problems in Georgia and New York.
In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating the scheme to run over the state's 2020 presidential election result.
And in New York, Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is looking into whether Trump's companies misrepresented the value of properties for loan and tax purposes.
Eric Trump departs Trump Tower the day after his father, former President Donald Trump, said FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago home. Several news outlets reported that the raid had to do with the removal of classified material from the White House
Additionally in New York, Letitia James, the New York state attorney general, is conducting a civil investigation into whether Trump's company inflated real estate values.
In a campaign-style video Tuesday morning, Trump insisted that 'we are a nation that has weaponized its law enforcement against the opposing political party, like never before.'
'What took place yesterday, and long before, was an unprecedented infringement of the rights of every American citizen,' he said in a third Truth Social post Tuesday night.
'Scam after Scam, year after year, it is all the Radical Left Democrats really know, it is their lifeblood - they have no shame. Our Country is paying a very big price!!!' he added.
The White House, however, has insisted its hands are clean.
During Tuesday's press briefing, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden 'was not briefed' ahead of the Monday raid.
The president, she said, 'was not aware of it.'
'No one at the White House was given a heads up,' Jean-Pierre said.
A number of Trump allies have called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to speak publicly about the raid.
So far he hasn't commented.
The Justice Department also wouldn't comment when asked if Garland personally authorized the search.
By not turning off the security cameras, Eric said they saw the FBI raiding areas of the property that they 'shouldn't have been.'
Donald Trump lamented Wednesday that the FBI blocked his lawyers from the property during the raid at his Palm Beach, Florida residence and suggested that agents may have 'planted' evidence.
The fallout from the raid comes as Trump confirmed on his alternative social media site Tuesday evening that he will be deposed Wednesday in questioning part of the New York attorney general's civil investigation into his family's real estate business.
The New York probe is just one of many the former president is facing, including the one that led to the raid on Monday involving the reported removal of official documents from the White House when he left office last year.
'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 to his Truth Social page on Wednesday morning.
'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 while placing doubt that the raid was conducted properly.
Trump, 76, questioned: 'Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never 'raided,' despite big disputes!'
Christina Bobb, a Trump lawyer, told Real America's Voice on Tuesday that the raid was a 'weird flex' and repeated Trump's suspicions that the RBI might have planted something 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.'
Even though Palm Beach reached a sweltering 91 degrees with high humidity on Monday, Trump's lawyers were left outside near a parking lot and were not allowed inside the air conditioned building where the raid was happening.
The former president was spotted arriving back at his Manhattan residence in Trump Tower on Tuesday night.
The raid on his Florida home the previous day saw investigators ransack his office for several hours – and even included a search through former first lady Melania Trump's wardrobe.
Trump continued to vent his fury on Tuesday at the raid - which is believed to have been carried out to retrieve documents the former president took from the White House when he left.
By law, all presidential correspondence and documentation must be handed over to the National Archives, and