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Trump Gives Update On Unannounced Washington, D.C. Trip

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Former President Donald Trump has ended speculation and wild rumors regarding a trip he made to the nation’s capital over the weekend.

In an early Saturday update, YouTuber Andrew Leydon shared a video that he captured of the former president arriving at Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C.

Almost immediately, there was speculation that Trump had flown to the capital to surrender to federal authorities after being indicted on charges related to the FBI’s raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 8, an unprecedented act that enraged his supporters.

“Here’s Donald Trump arriving unannounced tonight at Dulles outside DC. Nobody knows why. He’s in what appear to be white golf shoes and a golf shirt. Gets into a blacked-out SUV. Very, very interesting,” news anchor Ed Greenberger added in a tweet containing the video.

“Something weird is going on. No one – and I mean no one – knows why Donald has arrived in DC tonight, looking disheveled in golf clothes. It could be something totally inconsequential, but something tells me it’s not,” another verified Twitter user said.

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“Someone just posited he found out FBI was going to search his DC club and flew over to be there? Who knows,” they said.

“I’d settle for a negotiated self-surrender to be arraigned. Probably too much to hope for,” tweeted NBC legal analyst Glenn Kirschner.

But later in the weekend, Trump explained his trip on his social media platform, Truth Social.

“Working today at @TrumpWashingtonDC on the Potomac River. What an incredible place! trumpnationaldc.com,” he wrote.

It’s not clear whether the Justice Department has any plans to indict the former president — which would also be unprecedented — but according to Newsweek, if an indictment is coming, it likely won’t be until after the midterm elections.

Newsweek noted that the DOJ is likely to hold off on charges due to the unofficial “60-day rule,” which is “a long running tradition that the Department of Justice will avoid making any decisions that could affect how people vote so close to an upcoming election or elections.”

“As of Saturday, the November 8 midterms are now 59 days away, meaning that if the DOJ chooses to follow the informal guidance they must wait to make, or announce, a decision to charge Trump until after the elections,” the outlet noted further.

All said, however, many of Trump’s supporters were incensed over the raid.

Fox News host and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino was clearly upset by the FBI’s raid and expressed as much during an appearance on the network.

During an interview on network colleague Jesse Watters’ “Primetime” program, Bongino went ballistic on the Biden administration and the Justice Department, which he accused of becoming highly politicized in recent years, describing the raid as “third-world bullshit.”

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According to Fox News, the raid “was in connection with materials that Trump took with him from his time as president.” The outlet quoted other sources who said the “National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department,” and agents “recovered 15 boxes of classified materials from” Trump’s estate, the outlet continued.

Bongino was furious.

“This is some third-world bullshit right here,” Bongino said. “Let me say it again, third-world bullshit. I mean every word of that. I don’t care that it’s cable news.

“I was a federal agent, I raised my right hand. And I swore to protect and defend the constitution of the United States. And I love this country. This is a freaking disgrace. A disgrace. We don’t live in Cuba. We don’t live under Kim Jong Un” of North Korea, he continued.

“We live in a constitutional republic. A representative democracy. You have a bunch of FBI agents raiding the home of a former president because they don’t like his politics? Are you kidding me?” he added.

“This is some third-world garbage that happened tonight,” he continued.

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