Former President Donald Trump waves as he departs Trump Tower, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in New York, on his way to the New York attorney general’s office for a deposition in a civil investigation. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
WASHINGTON (TND) — An informant for the Federal Bureau of Investigation apparently shared information about classified documents that were found at former President Donald Trump’s personal residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida, according to a report.
Newsweek reported that two senior government officials told the media outlet the search “was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents.”
The search occurred Monday. At the time, Trump was not present at the residence.
Police direct traffic outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. Trump said in a lengthy statement that the FBI was conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate and asserted that agents had broken open a safe. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
The officials, who have direct knowledge of the FBI’s deliberations and were granted anonymity in order to discuss sensitive matters, said the raid of Donald Trump’s Florida residence was deliberately timed to occur when the former president was away,” according to Newsweek.
Shortly after news of the search was made public, Trump issued a statement about the incident, saying his home was raided.
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,” Trump said. “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.
In a separate statement Trump shared on Wednesday on Truth Social, which is his social media platform, the former president said the FBI, along with the Department of Justice, asked his legal representatives to put an extra lock on the door that led to a room where “boxes were stored.” He said his team agreed and the FBI and DOJ were shown the area, as well as the boxes.
Then, on Monday, without notification or warning, an army of agents broke into Mar-a-Lago, went to the same storage area, and ripped open the lock that they had asked to be installed. A surprise attack, POLITICS, and all the while our Country is going to HELL!”
Trump also posted about his visit to Attorney General Letitia James’ Manhattan offices on Wednesday.
Trump said he invoked his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he testified under oath in the attorney general’s long-running civil investigation into his business dealings.
He announced that he “declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution.”
Former President Donald Trump gestures as he departs Trump Tower, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2022, in New York, on his way to the New York attorney general’s office for a deposition in a civil investigation. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
On Tuesday, Kayla Gaskins of The National Desk reported that some Republicans have questioned if the search of Trump’s property had political motivations.
“This is truly frightening and this is not what our democracy stands for,” said Republican National Convention Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.
House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., warned his party will conduct an immediate investigation if they retake the house after November’s midterms, tweeting, “Attorney General Merrick Garland preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.