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Politics Jared Kushner Most Likely Mar-a-Lago Mole Behind FBI Raid: Mary Trump

03:50  14 august  2022
03:50  14 august  2022 Source:   newsweek.com

4 lingering misconceptions about the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago

  4 lingering misconceptions about the FBI raid on Trump's Mar-a-Lago Trumpworld is sowing doubt about what happened during the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Feds are starting to provide some answers, but confusion reigns.Memories of Mar-a-Lago came flooding back Monday night when the news broke that the FBI had executed a search warrant on Donald Trump's permanent residence.

Mary Trump, a psychologist and Donald Trump's niece, speculated that Jared Kushner was the confidential source that tipped off the FBI to what confidential documents were being held at Mar-a-Lago and where they were located.

Mary Trump, the niece of former president Donald Trump, speculated Friday that Jared Kushner tipped off the FBI to where agents could located classified documents at Mar-a-Lago during a Monday raid. Above, Kushner (R) looks on as Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 11. © Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images Mary Trump, the niece of former president Donald Trump, speculated Friday that Jared Kushner tipped off the FBI to where agents could located classified documents at Mar-a-Lago during a Monday raid. Above, Kushner (R) looks on as Trump speaks in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C. on September 11.

Newsweek first reported on Wednesday that a confidential source had provided the information to federal authorities, citing two senior government officials. The raid on Monday, which was approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, aimed to seize top secret and other classified documents that the ex-president was holding at his Florida resort residence.

Trump talked his way into the DOJ asking for the release of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant

  Trump talked his way into the DOJ asking for the release of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant The DOJ said in a court filing that it decided to request the search warrant's release after Trump announced it and sparked a public firestorm.At a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Justice Department had taken the unusual step "in light of the former president's public confirmation of the search, the surrounding circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter." The attorney general also confirmed that he personally signed offon the pursuit of a warrant to search Trump's home.

In an interview with The Dean Obeidallah Show on Friday, Mary Trump was asked who the informer could be. She said it was "tough to choose," but pointed to Kushner, the husband of Trump's eldest daughter Ivanka Trump. Kushner and Ivanka served as senior White House advisers in Trump's administration.

"I think we need to look very hard at why Jared got $2 billion. We need to look very hard at why he has been so quiet for so many months now. And we need to think about who, if it, who could also be implicated in this that would need as big a play as turning Donald in, in order to get out of trouble, or at least to mitigate the trouble they're in," Mary Trump said.

"It sounds like somebody in Jared's position. I'm not saying it's Jared, but it could be," she added. Mary Trump appeared to be referring to the $2 billion investment Kushner secured from Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund about six months after his father-in-law's White House tenure came to an end.

Liz Cheney says she's 'ashamed' her fellow Republicans are putting the lives of FBI agents at risk with their post-Mar-a-Lago raid attacks

  Liz Cheney says she's 'ashamed' her fellow Republicans are putting the lives of FBI agents at risk with their post-Mar-a-Lago raid attacks "These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk," Cheney said of the intense criticism following the search."I have been ashamed to hear members of my party attacking the integrity of the FBI agents involved with the recent Mar-a-Lago search," Cheney wrote on Twitter. "These are sickening comments that put the lives of patriotic public servants at risk.

Notably, Donald Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen also said that the informer could have been one of the former president's children or his son-in-law.

"It's definitely a member of [Trump's] inner circle," Cohen told Insider on Thursday. "I would not be surprised to find out it is Jared or one of his children." Others have speculated that Trump's former chief of staff Mark Meadows may have provided the information to the FBI.

News first broke in early February that the former president had improperly taken classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) confirming that it had been searching for 15 boxes of records. The ex-president did not deny the story at the time, saying that it was a mix-up as his staff hastily moved him out of the White House.

After the boxes were returned to the NARA, the collection led to additional concern that the former president still had additional classified materials. Federal investigators began interviewing Trump staffers to determine what had been taken from the White House. The interviews, and a broader investigation overseen by a U.S. attorney, resulted in a grand jury subpoena served against Trump in late May to produce specific documents.

A timeline of how the FBI came to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago as part of an Espionage Act probe

  A timeline of how the FBI came to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago as part of an Espionage Act probe Here is a timeline of Trump's dealing with the National Archives, the Department of Justice and missing classified documents. Here is a timeline on the missing Trump papers and how the FBI came to search Mar-a-Lago. Have a tip? Please email us at cdechalus@insider.com and ngaudiano@insider.com. The FBI's search of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida follows months of allegations that the former president mishandled government records, including reports of him ripping up documents and photos of notes with handwriting resembling his that he reportedly tried to flush down the toilet.

When the documents were not turned over, the FBI and the Justice Department chose to take the unprecedented step of carrying out a search warrant against a former president. A federal judge, as is required due process, approved the warrant—believing that the FBI had demonstrated probable cause.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for comment.

The former president has argued that the raid was part of a "scam" and a "witch hunt."

"Like all of the other Hoaxes and Scams that they've used to try and silence the voice of a vast majority of the American People, I have TRUTH on my side, and when you have TRUTH, you will ultimately be victorious!" he wrote Saturday on Truth Social.

The ex-president has also said that he declassified the documents and that he was cooperating with authorities to turn them over.

"Number one, it was all declassified. Number two, they didn't need to 'seize' anything. They could have had it anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago," he wrote in a Friday post. His office said in a Friday statement that there was a "standing order" to declassify documents Trump wanted to take to Mar-a-Lago when he was serving as president.

A group that wants to eliminate nuclear weapons says the FBI's seizure of documents at Mar-a-Lago highlights vulnerabilities in global security: 'We really have no idea what was going on inside Trump's head'

  A group that wants to eliminate nuclear weapons says the FBI's seizure of documents at Mar-a-Lago highlights vulnerabilities in global security: 'We really have no idea what was going on inside Trump's head' On Monday, federal agents found 11 sets of classified documents after searching former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence.Alicia Sanders-Zakre, a policy research coordinator with The International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), said the organization is concerned that the presence of potentially sensitive material could be exposed to those who normally wouldn't have access to this kind of documentation.

Some legal experts have described the argument that Trump "declassified" the documents as "dumb" and "idiotic." Another legal expert said that the laws cited by the FBI in the warrant would not require the documents to be classified in order for them being improperly kept at Mar-a-Lago to be illegal.

Presidents do have wide latitude to declassify information, although that power ends when their term concludes. But there are also specific federal regulations outlining a process for declassifying information. Despite Trump's claims, it's not clear if any such process was followed.

Newsweek reached out to Trump's press office for comment.

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