Despite denials, docs show Biden admin. granted DOJ ‘special access’ for raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

America First Legal just dropped a bombshell report on Monday accusing the Biden administration of being directly involved in the raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence by using a “special access request,” according to documents that they obtained from the National Archives.

It’s an assertion that the Biden White House and the National Archives have both denied previously. If true, it provides Republicans with more substantial evidence that President Biden was directly involved in going after the former president.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) raided Trump’s Florida residence on August 8, 2022. The action was unprecedented and viewed by many as political persecution against the former president by the Democrats. The FBI used the excuse that they were retrieving allegedly classified documents. The media was quick to report that Biden officials were “stunned” to hear about the raid. The National Archives also quickly asserted that it had “not been involved in the DOJ investigation.”

According to America First Legal, National Archive documents show that the FBI obtained access to the records through a “special access request” from the Biden White House on behalf of the Department of Justice. That directly contradicts what the Archives told Congress.

“Notably, despite the Archives’ claim that it had ‘not been involved in the DOJ investigation,’ the documents show that the Archives’ official responsible for administering all access requests for Presidential records, John Laster, was involved in preparing the 15 boxes for FBI review as late as August 23, 2022,” America First Legal stated in a letter to the National Archives on Monday.

“On October 25, 2022, Acting Archivist Wall wrote to then-Ranking Members James Comer and Jim Jordan, claiming ‘NARA received the 15 boxes from President Trump on January 18, 2022, and then discovered that they contained classified national security information. Shortly after the discovery, NARA consulted with its Office of Inspector General (OIG), which operates independently of NARA. As DOJ has disclosed publicly in court filings, NARA’s OIG subsequently referred the matter to DOJ on February 9, 2022,'” the letter recounted.

The letter then got directly to the heart of the matter, alleging that the Biden administration, the DOJ, and the FBI all colluded to raid Trump’s home.

“If the OIG acted independently in making a referral to the FBI, then Mr. Laster would not have involved himself in the FBI’s review of the 15 boxes in his capacity as the Director of the White House Liaison Division ‘responsible for all access requests for Presidential records.’ Similarly, the FBI affidavit before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida that provided the probable cause for the issuance of a search warrant against Mar-a-Lago on August 8, 2022, stated, ‘[on February 9, 2022] the Special Agent in Charge of NARA’s Office of the Inspector General sent the NARA Referral via email to DOJ.’ However, the evidence is that the Biden White House and the Department of Justice coordinated to obtain the Trump records, and perhaps create a pretext for a law enforcement raid, by way of a ‘special access request,'” the letter added.

“The special access statute authorizes special access requests to an incumbent president only when the records in question are needed for ‘the conduct of current business’ of the White House,” America First Legal stated. “Providing documents to the DOJ for purposes of a criminal investigation is not the ‘current business’ of the White House.”

Reed D. Rubinstein, who is a senior counselor and the director of oversight and investigations, released a statement slamming the White House’s reported role in the FBI raid of Trump’s residence.

“The evidence further suggests that Biden officials in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice unlawfully abused their power and then lied about it to the American people,” he charged. “This government, it seems, acknowledges no limits on its power to harass, intimidate, and silence its political opponents.”

America First Legal is not letting up on its findings and will be digging even further into what could be yet another explosive scandal for the Biden administration.

Trump has branded the FBI raid on his home as “illegal and unconstitutional.” He also lambasted Attorney General Merrick Garland’s appointed Special Counsel Jack Smith as a “radical left lunatic known as a bomb thrower who is harassing hundreds of my people day after day over the boxes hoax.”


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