According to records obtained from the National Archives by America First Legal, the White House of Joe Biden was engaged in the raid of Mar-a-Lago, former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property via a “special access request.”
The FBI stormed Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 8, 2022, in search of claimed sensitive materials. The unusual measure “stunned” Biden admin. officials, according to the mainstream media. The Archives also stated that it “was not involved in the Justice Dept. investigation.”
Documents show, however, that the FBI acquired access to the materials through a “special access request” from the Biden White House on behalf of the DOJ, contradicting what the Archives informed Congress, according to America First Legal, which published the information on Monday:
“Notably, in spite of the Archives assertion that it had not had any involvement in the DOJ investigation, the records reveal that John Laster, an official in the Archives who is in charge of handling all access requests for U.S. presidential records, was involved in getting the 15 boxes ready for FBI review even as late as August 23, 2022.”
“On Oct. 25, 2022, Archivist Wall said to then-Ranking Members Jim Jordan and James Comer, alleging that On January 18, 2022, NARA acquired the 15 boxes from President Trump, and later learned that they included classified national security material, NARA spoke with the Office of Inspector General (aka OIG), which works independently of the NARA, shortly after the finding. According to court documents, the NARA’s OIG then forwarded the case to DOJ on Feb. 9, 2022.”
“If the OIG had moved independently in referring the case to the FBI, Mr. Laster would not have participated in the FBI’s evaluation of the 15 boxes in his role as Director of the White House Liaison Dept. responsible for access requests involving Presidential documents.” Similarly, according to the FBI affidavit filed in the United States District Court for the Florida Southern District, which provided probable cause for the granting of a search warrant regarding Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, “on Feb. 9, 2022, the Specially Designated Agent in Charge of NARA’s Office of the Inspector General submitted the NARA Referral via email to DOJ.” The evidence suggests that the Biden White House and the Dept. of Justice worked together to collect the Trump data and maybe construct a pretext for an FBI raid via a “special access request.”
“The special access act only permits requests for special access to be made of an incumbent president when the records in question are required for “the performance of the current business” of the White House,” according to America First Legal. “Giving documents to the U.S. DOJ for the investigation into a crime is not the White House’s ‘current business.'”
Reed D. Rubinstein, senior counselor and head of oversight and investigations, issued a statement criticizing the White House’s alleged involvement in the FBI raid on Trump’s residence.
“The evidence also suggests that Biden team members in the President’s Executive Office and the DOJ illegally abused their authority and afterward lied about it to Americans,” he stated. “It appears that this government recognizes no restrictions on its power to intimidate, harass, and silence its political opponents.”
America First Legal has committed to continuing its investigation into the unfolding scandal.
A.G. Merrick Garland recently appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith to oversee the investigation of the records taken by Trump at the conclusion of his administration.
Trump recently referred to the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago as “illegal and unconstitutional.” He further chastised Smith for being a “radical left lunatic identified as a bomb thrower that is harassing hundreds of my people on a daily basis over the boxes hoax.”