Trump and family watched Mar-a-Lago raid live from New York via security feed
Donald Trump watched the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago live from Trump Tower in New York via the security camera feeds in his Florida home, his attorney said.
Christina Bobb, one of Trump’s lawyers, said during an interview with the right-wing media network Real America’s Voice, that the Trump probably had a better view than she did and she was at Mar-a-Lago when the raid took place.
‘I think the folks in New York – President Trump and his family – probably had a better view than I did because they had the CCTV, but they were able to watch I was stuck in the parking lot there to collect paper and answer questions. But they were actually able to see the whole thing so they actually have a better idea of what took place inside,’ she said.
She added that the security cameras were only turned off for a ‘very short period of time’ while agents spoke with lawyers about them being on.
‘So initially, [the agents] said you need to turn off all the cameras and then, of course, the staff complied,’ she noted. ‘Then the lawyers jumped in and said, you actually don’t have to turn them off. So shortly after they turn them back on. So the cameras were only off for a very short period of time.’
Eric Trump told DailyMail.com in an exclusive interview that the 30 agents who arrived at the property asked staff to turn security cameras off – but they refused.
‘There’s 30 agents there,’ he recalled of the Monday search in a phone call interview. ‘They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.’
By not turning off the security cameras, Eric Trump said they saw the FBI raiding areas of the property that they ‘shouldn’t have been.’
Donald Trump watched the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago live from Trump Tower in New York via the security camera feeds in his Florida home
Trump attorney Christina Bobb told Real America’s Voice that ‘President Trump and his family probably had a better view than I did because they had the CCTV’
Meanwhile, the search warrant used to execute the raid is expected to be revealed on Friday.
Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Justice Department had made a motion in federal court for the warrant and the inventory list of items taken from Mar-a-Lago, the private club and Florida residence of the former president.
According to Garland, Trump’s attorneys do have their own copies of both the warrant and the receipt for items seized in Monday’s raid — documents that are routinely provided to the target of a court-approved search.
If Trump does have the warrant and receipt as Garland says, it’s unclear why he would not simply publish them himself, which he has a right to do.
Late on Thursday night, Trump said he would not oppose the motion to release the warrant and the inventory.
He wrote on his social media site, Truth Social, that he was ‘encouraging’ it.
‘Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the un American, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents,’ he wrote.
‘Release the documents now!’ he said.
The statement came well ahead of the 3pm Friday deadline that Trump’s legal team faced if they decided to oppose the DOJ motion to unseal the warrant. A ruling on the motion could come Friday.
During Monday’s FBI raid, 10 boxes of material were removed from Mar-a-Lago; above a member of the Secret Service is seen at Trump’s Florida home
Attorney General Merrick Garland said he ‘personally approved’ the raid
Garland said he was taking the unusual action of speaking about the investigation because Trump, himself, disclosed it.
The former president and his family have gone on the defensive, slamming the Justice Department for their actions and accusing President Joe Biden of having ordered the raid.
The White House said the president found out about the raid from public reports.
Garland said he ‘personally approved’ the raid.
Monday’s raid was part of a longer-running investigation into documents Trump took with him when he left the White House. Under the Presidential Records Act, all such documents must be turned over to the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of each presidential administration for historic preservation.
Trump returned 15 boxes to the Archives earlier this year. But, on Monday, in a day-long search, agents went through storage space at Mar-a-Lago and areas in Trump’s personal residence, removing about 10 boxes.
The contents of those boxes are still unclear. The unsealing of the search warrant will provide more details, but if the files are marked top secret or classified then details will be kept hidden.
Multiple reports on Thursday said the raid was based on documents related to nuclear weapons.
The New York Times reported investigators had been concerned about material from what the government calls ‘special access programs,’ a designation that is typically reserved for extremely sensitive operations carried out by the United States abroad or for closely held technologies and capabilities.
And experts in classified information told the Washington Post the search shows the concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Mar-a-Lago and potentially in danger of falling into the wrong hands.
Trump claimed that was a ‘hoax.’ Posting on his social media account on Truth Social, the former president said ‘nuclear weapons issue is a hoax.’
Agents discovered ‘boxes everywhere’, reported News Nation, including some papers labeled top secrets, from two areas including a ‘storage room near a pool’ and his ‘personal office above a ballroom.’
The report did not specify the ballroom or pool room where the documents were found, but did state that some of the papers had Top Secret Sensitive Compartmented Information – the highest level of classification.