Trump and Family Watched FBI Mar-a-Lago Raid

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.
August 12, 2022 Updated: August 12, 2022

Former President Donald Trump and members of his family watched the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago property via security cameras, his lawyer Christina Bobb revealed Thursday.

“I think the folks in New York—President Trump and his family—they probably had a better view than I did. Because they had the CCTV, they were able to watch,” Bobb told “Real America’s Voice” on Thursday.

Bobb previously said she was on the premises during the raid but she and other members of Trump’s team were barred from viewing the agents’ activity. Earlier this week, meanwhile, Trump’s son Eric told the Daily Mail that agents told Mar-a-Lago staff to turn off security cameras, but they didn’t.

“I was stuck in the parking lot there to collect paper and answer questions,” Bobb added. “But they were able to see the whole thing. So, they actually have a better idea of what took place inside.”

It’s not clear when or if Trump’s team will release the FBI search video to the public. Reports say that Trump was not in Mar-a-Lago during the raid but was at his golf course in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Another Trump lawyer, Lindsey Halligan, told CBS News on Thursday that the former commander-in-chief is considering releasing the video and photos of the search.

Speaking with Fox News Thursday, Bobb said that she “actually couldn’t accompany” the FBI agents to “see what they were opening” inside Mar-a-Lago.

“We know of the stories because CCTV [and] cameras were on so those in New York watching were aware, I have to take their word for it [and] know the president put the story out,” she said.

Warrant

Earlier that day, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice filed a motion to unseal a warrant and related documents. It came after a judge in the case, Bruce Reinhart, told the federal government to respond to requests to unseal it.

The decision on whether to unseal the records lies with Judge Reinhart, the same judge who signed off on the search warrant. The Justice Department had until Friday afternoon to tell the judge whether Trump’s lawyers agree or disagree with the proposal to make it public.

“The public’s clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing,” said a motion filed in federal court in Florida on Thursday.

Both Bobb and Trump also refuted reported claims that the FBI was searching for nuclear documents at Mar-a-Lago, with Trump writing on Truth Social that the “issue is a hoax.”

“Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyers, or others, present,” he asked.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a breaking news reporter at The Epoch Times based in New York.