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.
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.
WarrantEarlier 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.”