Tip by confidential human source guided FBI search of Trump’s home, reports claim

Mar-a-Lago MULTIPLE NEWS OUTLETS CLAIMED on Wednesday that Monday’s search by authorities of a Florida residential compound belonging to former United States President Donald Trump was based on information provided to the Federal Bureau of Investigation by a confidential human source. The source reportedly gave the FBI details about a number of classified documents that were allegedly hidden in Trump’s Florida estate, as well as their precise location.

America’s troubled political waters turned stormy once again on Monday morning, when around 35 FBI special agents and technical support personnel arrived at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in a convoy of unmarked vehicles. The FBI team proceeded to execute a search warrant, which authorized them to confiscate government files that were allegedly in storage at the luxury estate. According to the 1978 Presidential Records Act, these files belong to the state and should have been deposited to the National Archives upon Trump’s departure from the White House in January of 2021.

On Monday afternoon, the FBI staff reportedly left Trump’s residence with between 10 and 15 boxes of documents. In the ensuing hours, a number of commentators pointed out that, as per Trump’s attorney Lindsey Halligan, who observed the search in person, the FBI focused on just three rooms, ignoring the rest of the sprawling mansion —namely Trump’s office, a bedroom and a storage room. That, according to some, points to the strong possibility that the FBI special agents had prior information about the location of the files.

On Wednesday morning, Newsweek said it could confirm that the FBI had prior information about the precise location of the files. The news outlet cited two senior government officials, including “an intelligence source” who had “direct knowledge of the FBI’s deliberations” in the days leading up to the search. According to the sources, during the first week of August the government prosecutor in charge of the case was able to secure a search warrant by a West Palm Beach judge. The prosecutor reportedly did so by providing the judge with “abundant and persuasive detail” about the files, which “proved that those records were contained at Mar-a-Lago […] in a specific safe in a specific room”.

On Wednesday evening, The Wall Street Journal also reported that the FBI had been approached by “someone familiar with stored papers”. The source allegedly provided government investigators with information about the precise location of “classified documents” at Mar-a-Lago. The paper added that the FBI confidential source had direct access to the documents.

The US attorney general’s guidelines [PDF] define FBI confidential human sources as individuals who are “believed to be providing useful and credible information to the FBI for any authorized information collection activity”. They further stipulates that the FBI expects or intends to obtain “additional useful and credible information” from confidential human sources in the future, thus it usually builds a long-term relationship with these individuals. The guidelines also note that, given the sensitivity of the role of confidential human sources, their “identity, information or relationship with the FBI warrants confidential handling”.

Author: Ian Allen | Date: 11 August 2022 | Permalink

4 Responses to Tip by confidential human source guided FBI search of Trump’s home, reports claim

  1. Anonymous says:

    It should be pretty easy for the Trump family to track down who had such close personal access.

  2. Pete says:

    Hopefully remaining Trump loyalists in the Justice Department and intelligence agencies don’t reveal the sources involved.

  3. Merlin sage says:

    We have been informed that the FBI denied Trump attorneys any access to the search, and also refused to show the attorneys the warrant ( a gross violation) simply because the warrant had no specific information as to the nature of the search.
    That violates Title 41 of the FCRP

  4. Marie says:

    @Merlin: What you are claiming is willful disinformation. Trump’s attorney’s were shown the warrant. The only website that claims Trump’s attorneys were not allowed to see the warrant or not allowed to supervise the search is “resistthemainstream.org”, which is a troll farm website based in North Macedonia. https://www.rferl.org/a/macedonia-fake-news-sites-us-election-conservatives/30906884.html

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