FBI Raids Trump’s Home. What to Do If It Happens to You

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Palm Beach, Florida: Former President Trump’s home, Mar-a-Lago, was raided by the FBI in an unprecedented intrusion against a non-sitting commander-in-chief who indicated he may run for the office of president again. The GOP says that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has been ‘weaponized’. Trump said that the FBI had even broken into his safe. Sources said that the National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the DOJ, which recovered 15 boxes of classified materials from the home. Federal Judge Bruce Reinhart, who approved the search warrant authorizing the FBI raid, donated to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and, before he was a judge, he resigned from the South Florida US Attorney’s Office effective on New Year’s Day 2008 and went to work representing Jeffrey Epstein’s employees who received immunity in the long-running sex-trafficking investigation of the financier.

Peggy Hall questions the motive behind the raid. She presented advice from a law firm about FBI raids and what to do if you become a target of the FBI and your home is raided.

 

 

The FBI’s decision to execute a search warrant a former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home on Monday is “unprecedented” – especially for a non-sitting commander-in-chief and one who indicated he might run again, a former special-agent-in-charge told Fox News Digital.

“We just haven’t investigated presidents after they’ve served their term,” Michael Tabman, former head of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office, said. “But it is a huge move by the FBI in that the political sensitivities are clear. It’s obvious that they’re dealing on a very, sort of tenuous political climate when you go out and you investigate a president, especially one who says he may run for office again.”

Trump announced on Monday that his palatial Florida residence had been raided early in the morning. Sources told Fox News Digital the search was in connection with materials that Trump took with him from his time as president. Sources also said National Archives and Records Administration referred the case to the Justice Department, which recovered 15 boxes of classified materials from the home.

But Tabman, who is now retired and not involved in the FBI’s investigation into Trump, noted that securing a search warrant “is no minor task.”

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From the Blanch Law Firm in New York:

What Should I do if I am the Subject of an FBI Raid?

First and foremost, if you are the subject of an FBI raid, ask to see the search warrant and agent’s badges. Every agent is required to carry an FBI badge and photo identification.

Reading over the search warrant is important. You should know what the FBI agents are looking for, where they are allowed to look, and what they are allowed to seize as evidence. Knowing this information can be important because you can watch the agents and make sure that they are not overstepping what the warrant allows them to do.

Next, contact an attorney. During a raid, and any criminal investigation, you have a constitutional right to counsel. You can request that the agents wait until an attorney arrives on scene. Often, if it will not unduly delay the search, the agents will comply.

The sooner you contact an attorney, the sooner they can begin to aid you, guide you, and make sure that your interests are protected.

In addition, make sure you do not say anything. Speaking to agents during a raid could lead to you inadvertently making an incriminating statement. This could put you in more legal trouble or could lead to legal trouble if the raid was only meant to gather information and evidence about someone else’s crime.

Not speaking also means that you will be unable to give consent to the agents present to search areas that are outside the scope of the warrant. Since search warrants must be specific, if there is an area that is not described in the warrant the agents cannot search for evidence there unless you, or some other person who has permission to access that area, gives the agents consent to search it.

During a raid the FBI agents present will not let anyone come into the area being searched. They will also not let anyone leave the area. It is best to be cooperative and not cause any issues that could lead to you facing further legal troubles.

Blanch Law Firm:   https://www.theblanchlawfirm.com/practice-areas/government-investigations/fbi-raids/

 

Additional source:   https://nypost.com/2022/08/09/judge-who-approved-fbi-raid-on-mar-a-lago-once-linked-to-jeffrey-epstein/

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Milton Farrow
Milton Farrow
3 months ago

in certain areas of this country that would be opposed and local police authorities would not lift a finger to assist-‘AS LONG AS THE VARIOUS AGENCIES PERMIT THEMSELVES TO BE USEFUL IDIOTS TO THE PARTY IN POWER, THE AMERICAN PUBLIC WILL START TO FIGHT BACK-They( The Lawbreakers) should be prepared to tell their families they may not be home for dinner-
*(or ever)

wilma
wilma
3 months ago
Reply to  Milton Farrow

Sounds good …until you have a few too many extra holes. It is amazing to me how so many are willing to pick up arms rather than solving the problem before it gets to that. A matter of ego-emotion over-riding wisdom; which it does most every time. If people can gather to defend, they can also gather to prevent; which means seeing to it they have sheriffs in the surrounding counties contracted to work together to put the law breakers in govt behind bars, including judges and prosecutors who fail to do their jobs. Some, if not many would say… Read more »

Cal
Cal
3 months ago

Why does everyone seem to forget that we are a constitutional republic? That those who serve within our governments – state & federal, are REQUIRED by the supreme law of our land to “support and defend” it against all enemies, domestic and foreign? That breaking the Oath is a criminal act that if found guilty of the penalty is a minimum of 10 years in jail plus $10,000 dollars (not sure if it is for each occasion of breaking the Oath). As long as Trump has NOT broken his Oath (which is forever unless one forswears it legally) no one… Read more »

wilma
wilma
3 months ago
Reply to  Cal

I suggest you go visit a local court… or ask a county sheriff to enforce The Constitution upon a law breaking person in govt, such as any governor who issued lockdown orders beyond those in their administration or vaccine orders upon anyone. Then you will discover the working end of such a Constitutional Republic depends on the people seeing to it, wise, honorable, Constitutional people willing to do the job, are Running for all offices from all parties, so someone decent will get in. Rather than the time honored tradition of sitting on their backside and just voting for whoever… Read more »

Ragnar D.
Ragnar D.
3 months ago

That’s all well and good to know your rights to protect yourself from govt persecution. However, this is like telling Germans in the Third Reich how to stand up to the jackbooted Gestapo agents who are breaking down their door to torture and execute them. Your rights won’t mean anything when you’re dealing with a lawless agency like the FBI. It’s basically like bringing a knife to a gunfight.