According to Trump’s son Eric, who spoke with Fox News Channel’s Brian Kilmeade, the FBI agents that invaded President Trump’s Mar-A-Lago mansion broke into his safe only to discover it was empty.
During an interview with Fox News’ Howard Kurtz, Eric Trump said that 30 members of the FBI took part in the operation. It was to retrieve papers that should have been sent to the National Archives, according to the Trump’s son.
— Brian Kilmeade (@kilmeade) August 9, 2022
“There was nothing in the safe,” Kilmeade said, quoting Eric Trump.
According to the NY Times, former Pres. Trump delayed sending 15 boxes of documents that had been requested by National Archives officials for months but ultimately delivered them in January.
The papers were apparently taken to a secure compartmented information facility in the Washington, D.C., area, according to reports.
“The media’s phony attempt to twist a narrative, as well as the assistance of unnamed sources, is just another sensationalized diversion in an otherwise uneventful effort to keep President Trump’s legacy going and ensure the Presidential Records Act’s fulfillment,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said the following month. “Unfortunately, the ‘news’ industry has become reliant on the next manufactured Trump “investigation,” and we’re here as a result. It’s a joke.”
The Records Administration and the National Archives reportedly asked the Justice Department to look into Trump’s file management in February 2022.
In a lengthy statement released after the raid Monday, Trump confirmed that FBI officials had broken into his safe.
“This unexpected visit to my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump stated. “It is the weaponization of the justice system, prosecutorial misconduct, and an assault by Radical Left Dems who desperately do not want me to run for president again in 2024… An attack like this could only happen in a shattered, Third-World nation.”
“Sadly, the United States has now joined the ranks of those countries that are corrupt to an unprecedented degree,” he went on. “They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, when Nixon’s operatives burglarized the Democrat National Committee? Instead of breaking in through a window, Democrats gained entry by breaking into the 45th President’s home.”