Political uproar after FBI raid at Trump Resort – The Hawkeye

A federal judge signed a first last Monday when he authorized the FBI to conduct a search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. The importance of this event prompted elected officials from both parties to speak out.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responded to the search, calling it a raid and an abuse of federal power. “The Mar-a-Lago raid is a further escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the regime’s political opponents,” DeSantis said.

This response from DeSantis reflects the views of many of President Trump’s allies, as they believe the FBI could have handled the search with more secrecy and respect for the former president.

Others defend the research by saying Trump should be held accountable if he took classified White House documents.

Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney of New York said, “Presidents have a solemn duty to protect the national security of the United States, and allegations that former President Trump endangered our security by mishandling classified information warrant careful consideration.

The investigation is currently ongoing, but the search warrant and a list of what was taken from Trump’s residence were unsealed on Friday. According to AP News, FBI agents took 11 boxes of classified material from the Mar-a-Lago estate.

The original warrant cites officers had probable reason to believe the residence housed material that would show Trump violated three different federal laws, including the Espionage Act.

The National Archives, which houses all of the official records of former presidents, alerted federal officials to those missing records as early as February of this year, according to CNN. Trump complied with the request for documents originally, but he did not send those boxes from Mar-a-Lago, prompting the FBI to take action.

The investigation into Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building is still ongoing. With the further investigation of this FBI search, Trump’s political future appears to be on the fence.

No charges have been brought against Trump, but if the inquest finds him guilty of violating these laws, Trump faces jail time.

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