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Trump Drops Hints About Documents He Had At Mar-A-Lago Taken During Raid

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Former President Donald Trump has given some indication as to the type of documents he had at his Mar-a-Lago estate confiscated last month by the FBI during an unprecedented raid.

According to Newsmax, Trump said he was concerned that documents exonerating him in the so-called ‘Russiagate’ counterintelligence probe would likely be destroyed by the incoming Biden administration, so he declassified them before departing the White House.

The report went on to quote Rolling Stone magazine:

Trump, believing the documents would expose a “Deep State” plot against him, told several people that he was concerned that incoming President Joe Biden’s administration would “shred,” bury, or destroy “the evidence,” Rolling Stone reported Wednesday.

The documents were related to the federal investigation into the since discredited story about Russian collusion with Trump’s 2016 campaign.

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Trump and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows worked to declassify information right up to when Biden took the oath of office, Rolling Stone said.

The Rolling Stone story came a month after FBI agents raided Trump’s Florida home with a warrant saying the former president had 11 sets of classified documents at Mar-a-Lago, and that the DOJ had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations.

In an interview with Newsmax last week, Trump — as well as those in his inner circle — insist that the documents had already been declassified.

“I think they thought it was something to do with the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax,” he said Sept. 1. “They were afraid that things were in there — part of their scam material.”

In a late August interview with Newsmax TV’s Rita Cosby, former NYC mayor and presidential lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who is a former federal prosecutor, said that although the heavily redacted affidavit showed little to the public, he believes it revealed everything about how the raid and subsequent seizure of documents and items were illegal.

“This is a completely illegal warrant, for numerous reasons, that the least of which is it really isn’t a search warrant,” Giuliani told “Saturday Report,” going on to point out that the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution was designed to protect Americans from overly broad, invasive searches.

“This is a general search warrant. Search warrants are supposed to be for a specific thing,” he said.

Giuliani himself was raided by the FBI in late April 2021, with agents “seizing computers and cellphones in a major escalation of the Justice Department’s investigation into the business dealings” of the former NYC mayor, The Associated Press reported at the time.

“The affidavit they had for my search warrant — although discovered nothing illegal; thank God, everything got sent back to me — but at least it was narrow to electronics,” Giuliani said. “This, I mean, they took his passport. Everything here should be suppressed. In other words, I actually believe this could never be used in a criminal case.

“This is about as illegal search as you’re going to get,” he continued, adding that the Justice Department took its time to seek the raid though officials claimed that the situation at the former president’s estate was urgent.

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“A warrant is supposed to be exigent circumstances — emergency — 11 days for an emergency?” Giuliani told Cosby. “And then the FBI took three days off to execute it, and this is important?

“Don’t we do things that are important, fast? Right? Don’t we do things that are unimportant, slow?” he asked.

Giuliani also suggested that the portions of the affidavit that are redacted — which was most of the released document — are not damning to Trump; otherwise, those sections would not have been hidden.

“The more that’s there, the worse it is, the more general it will be,” he said before mocking the government’s insinuations that the former president had illegally taken presidential documents from the White House.

“He did the packing? That sounds stupid; did they really think he did the packing?” Giuliani asked.

“It’s act four of five of the whole plot they started when they tried to say he was in collusion with the Russians,” he said, going on to predict that the raid will be more politically damaging to the Biden administration than to Trump.

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