On August 8, 2022, Monday, America has brazed a trail. Former president Donald Trump’s house Mar-a Lago in Florida was raided by the FBI. Trump accused a larger group for this event in his statement which immediately grabbed attention. With many theories about why this raid was made flying around the internet, here is what you need to know about it.
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries,” Trump said at the beginning of this week, pulling all the attention by accusing America of being a third-world country by pointing out that the raid was an extralegally plan to pull him down before the midterm elections.
Later in his speech, Trump mentioned that his safe was broken and the raid was unannounced, pointing to the similarity between this event and the Watergate Scandal, which took place in the year 1972 when there was a raid into Democratic Party’s offices located in Watergate by people who wanted to get Richard Nixon re-elected. The real names of people included in the Watergate Scandal were not revealed for 30 years. This is still known as a major political scandal.
When the family went back to the Mar-a Lago Home one day after the raid, they found out that even the former first lady Melanie’s wardrobe had been searched.
Then, on Wednesday, Trump shared his concerns about the FBI “planting” fake evidence into his house considering that all his staff in Mar-a Lago, including his lawyers, were asked to leave during the raid.
Trump showed he thinks that it was a personal attack against him, considering his statements. On the other hand, without any official statement from the FBI, the American press has written that the raid was about secret files lost in the White House. An investigation about Trump bringing some of the important and secret records in the White House to his house in Florida is being conducted. The main source is the National Archives.
"In mid-January 2022, NARA (National Archives and Records Administration) arranged for the transport from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives of 15 boxes that contained Presidential records, following discussions with President Trump’s representatives in 2021," the National Archives stated.
The records agency said it believes Trump still has more records that need to be turned over and that "Trump’s representatives have informed NARA that they are continuing to search for additional Presidential records that belong to the National Archives.” Some say that these are some files of Trump’s old meetings.
To dig deeper, let’s have a flashback to the 2020 US Elections.
On January 20th, last year, as Biden was getting ready to make his vows and start his mission as the 46th president of the United States, Donald Trump and his wife Melania left the White House at 8 in the morning and headed to their house in Florida.
According to his son Eric Trump, Donald Trump has insisted on waiting until the last minute before he ordered to pack. He delayed it so much that they only had 6 hours left to put everything into boxes before the Bidens would come.
This immediately caused panic at the White House. The White House staff started to carry out boxes to helicopters successively.
Eric Trump explained this panic with an old habit of his father:
“My father always kept clippings -- you know, press clippings. You’d have, you know, newspaper articles, pictures, notes from us. When my mom passed away a couple of weeks ago, you know, he still had all the notes, you know, over the years had been saved, all the notes that she had ever written him.”
But the fact that most of these boxes were tagged as “top secret” makes it hard to believe that those were just souvenirs for most people.
Earlier this week, the American press had pictures to support that Trump does not value important files as much as he should.
With the picture above, Trump is accused of “Destroying records that should be preserved” which is potentially illegal.
Mike Allen, an American journalist, assumes that this writing is visibly Trump’s, written in the Sharpie ink he favored.
Trump has denied that this photo was related to him. And the Trump family strongly denies any stolen files. Meanwhile, the National Archives and Records Administration stick to its statement about more files being lost. This situation keeps creating different ideas and theories about the details while the FBI remains without an official statement.