Former president Donald Trump has accused FBI agents of “planting” evidence during their search of his Mar-a-Lago residence, alleging that federal authorities would not let his legal team observe the activity.
“The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago. Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hoopefully not, ‘planting.’ Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and clinton were never ‘raided,’ despite big disputes!”, - Trump said on his Truth Social platform.
The charge is yet another embrace of a right-wing conspiracy theory that has no basis of evidence worth believing; still, the former president has never had a problem spreading such conspiracies and has spent months insisting that Hunter Biden, the president’s eldest son, be arrested and charged with various assumed crimes. Mr Biden has not been accused of any wrongdoing by federal officials. This particular conspiracy appears to have originated with one of his longtime confidantes, Steve Bannon.
He also spent the majority of 2016 calling for his then-opponent Hillary Clinton to be “locked up” over her handling of official emails at the State Department and another laundry list of alleged crimes he has levied at every Democrat he has faced so far.
The director of the FBI had strong words for supporters of former President Donald Trump who have been using violent rhetoric in the wake of his agency’s search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, writes NBC.
Christopher Wray, who was appointed as the agency’s director in 2017 by Trump, called threats circulating online against federal agents and the Justice Department “deplorable and dangerous”.
“I’m always concerned about threats to law enforcement. Violence against law enforcement is not the answer, no matter who you’re upset with”, - Wray said.