Bad News for Family Dinners: One of Donald Trump’s Children May Have Betrayed Him to the DOJ
On Monday, the FBI under the direction of the Department of Justice executed a search warrant for former President Donald
On Monday, the FBI under the direction of the Department of Justice executed a search warrant for former President Donald Trump's private residence in Florida, Mar-a-Lago.
As more details about the search trickle out, experts believe that an informant tipped the DOJ off to what they would find if they searched the premises. One former Trump administration official believes that the list of who could have done so is very small – and could well include the former president's own children.
Only a Few People Knew About the Safe at Mar-a-Lago
Most of the world knew that Trump had taken boxes of classified documents with him from the White House to Mar-a-Lago. That was not a well-kept secret. What was in those documents, however, has been a source of great speculation that the DOJ is putting to rest.
At least some of the documents contained information about nuclear weapons. Whether they're nuclear weapons belonging to the United States or other countries has not been released, but the thought of such sensitive documents resting in an unsecured private residence has rightfully sent chills through the world.
But one comment Trump made about the search executed by the FBI has people scratching their heads and thinking about how the FBI knew to look for these exact documents in the locations they were found.
Trump took to Truth Social after the raid and blasted the DOJ, suggesting that America was falling into "third world country" status for raiding the home of a former President.
And he even complained that the FBI searched his safe. It's this comment about the safe that has one former official drawing attention to who may have spilled the beans to the DOJ.
Forbes writes, "Asked about the Journal report Thursday on CNN, former chief of staff Mick Mulvaney suggested whoever tipped off the FBI must have been 'really close' to Trump, noting, 'I didn’t even know there was a safe at Mar-a-Lago and I was the chief of staff for 15 months.'
Mulvaney speculated there 'probably … would be six or eight people who had that kind of information' about there being additional documents and where they would have been located, though he didn’t know who that could include."
Trump has a very small inner circle, and most of that circle is family. The former President has five children – three of whom are often involved in his business and political dealings – and one son-in-law with whom he is close. That covers half of the likely number of those who would have information about the safe. Add wife Melania, and you only have 3 likely spots left as to who could have known about the secret safe. Whether it was family or staff, whoever knew about the safe was close enough to the former President to earn his scarce trust.
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Trump Takes to Truth Social to Call DOJ’s Bluff
In the wake of the FBI raid, Attorney General Merrick Garland has taken the extraordinary step of pressing to release details about the search warrant that was executed, believing it to be in the public interest.
Trump took to Truth Social in what he believed was an opportunity to call the Department of Justice's bluff, saying that he supports releasing the related documents. However, it should be noted that Trump himself could release them at any time and has chosen not to.
But the business mogul was fired up early Friday when he heard the news discuss the revelation that nuclear weapon information was contained in the seized documents. Trump took to Truth Social and wrote, "Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. Same sleazy people involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s, or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close – said 'ABSOLUTELY NOT.' Planting information anyone? Reminds me of a Christofer Steele Dossier!"
Unfortunately for Trump, if the Department of Justice does find what they're looking for, he could face up to three years in prison for violating a federal statute that prevents the removal or destruction of government property.