Trump considers allowing investigators BACK into Mar-a-Lago for the second time under surveillance — so he can satisfy the Justice Department
- FBI agents raided Mar-a-Lago in August
- Trump reacted furiously and destroyed it as part of a witch hunt
- He has even accused agents of planting evidence, without backing the claim
- He was also furious that officers searched his home without his lawyers present
- CNN reports that his team is considering negotiating an additional search
- This time his lawyers would probably be there
- Trump Attorney Signed June Document Saying All Classified Materials Have Been Returned
With the DOJ’s investigation into former President Donald Trump’s handling of government documents showing no signs of abating, his lawyers are considering letting investigators back into his private club to conduct an additional search.
Trump was furious that his lawyers were not allowed to participate when the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago club in August while his lawyers were outside.
Now, after suffering legal setbacks, including a failed attempt to get the Supreme Court to intervene, his team is now considering negotiating an additional search that will likely accompany their participation, CNN reported.
The August 8 search of his property, which provoked an outraged response from Trump, came after a court-authorized search warrant in which agents specified the likely cause they would find information there. That, in turn, followed a visit to the club in June by a senior Justice Department official.
Lawyers for former President Donald Trump are considering negotiating with the Justice Department for an additional search within Mar-a-Lago for materials that require their participation.
However, government records show that the DOJ is not convinced that Trump has handed over all of the government material that may be in his possession.
During the search, FBI agents visited three areas of Trump’s club, including a storage room and Trump’s office, where agents said they had found classified material, including in Trump’s office.
There have been repeated reports of strategic splits within Trump’s legal team, with Florida attorney Christopher Kise being cast as a more lenient approach.
A Trump attorney, Christina Bobb, spoke to the FBI this month about her own role after she signed a document mandating a “diligent search” as the designated custodian of Trump’s records. She said fellow Trump attorney Evan Cocoran had asked her to sign the document.
The FBI raided Trump’s private club in August, with agents taking 20 additional boxes of material
Agents identified 100 documents marked as ‘classified’
Trump Attorney Christina Bobb Met FBI Agents During Ongoing Investigation
Bobb said attorney Evan Corcoran told her to sign the affidavit
That came after a visit from DOJ official Jay Bratt, following a May subpoena that forced the return of material.
“It’s a risk inviting a DOJ attorney for lunch, let alone back to Mar-a-Lago,” a person close to Trump told the network.
During the search in August, officers said they had collected 20 boxes of additional material, including about 100 documents marked as classified.
A move toward reconciliation follows repeated attacks from Trump, who has suggested even without evidence that agents may have planted evidence.
It comes after a report that prosecutors think they have enough evidence to charge the former president with obstruction of justice. Whether they would decide to indict a former president is unclear.
People familiar with the case said: Bloomberg they believe “there is ample evidence,” but the DOJ group “has not made a formal recommendation” to Attorney General Merrick Garland, who has final approval of what would be an explosive decision.
The decision to raid Mar-a-Lago sparked a furious outcry among Trump’s conservative allies.