Many of Donald Trump’s supporters and conservative figures persist in arguing that the FBI planted evidence against the ex-president during their search of Mar-a-Lago.
As part of their investigation into Trump’s alleged removal and destruction of classified White House records after he left office in January 2021, federal agents raided Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida, home on Monday.
Almost immediately, Trump allies laid the groundwork for the unfounded claim that if any potentially damning evidence does emerge, it was the agents who put it there.
Trump’s attorney Alina Habba expressed “concern” on Tuesday that the FBI “may have planted something” during their search, as reported by Fox News.
“Truthfully, at this point, who can say. As an American, it scares me to death that I don’t trust the government “That’s what Habba said.
Jesse Watters, host of Fox News’ Tuesday opening monologue, speculated that the FBI was planting evidence, as they did during the Russia hoax, in anticipation of the interview.
We also suspect that, similar to the Russia hoax, they tampered with evidence to secure the warrant.”
Later on Tuesday’s show, Watters interviewed South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham in an attempt to back up his claim.
We know they doctor evidence, plant evidence, hide evidence, lie, and leak,” Watters said. “They’ve been doing this for years; it’s nothing new.”
And on Tuesday, Trump attorney Christina Bobb, who was at Mar-a-Lago but was not allowed to watch the search, said the FBI didn’t even need to plant evidence.
“Honestly, I doubt they would even bother trying to plant information at this point. They probably just make stuff up and invent whatever they want, “Quote from Bobb.
Another prominent Republican, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, has also speculated that federal agents may have “planted” evidence against the president.
“You’ll take note that nobody from the Trump camp was allowed entry to Mar-a-Lago. As a result, we can’t tell if they intentionally fabricated evidence “said Gingrich on The Charlie Kirk Show.
Ex-Trump aide Steve Bannon said on Tuesday that he “wouldn’t put it past” the government to try to frame the ex-president.
Bannon told conspiracy theorist Alex Jones on Jones’s InfoWars show on Tuesday that the FBI and the DOJ are “essentially lawless criminal organizations.”
The claim gained traction after Trump himself seemed to allude to it in a Truth Social post first thing Wednesday morning. He also mentioned that the FBI had forbidden his lawyers from observing the raid in progress.
People were asked to leave because “they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking, or, hopefully not, planting,” Trump wrote. Why did they insist so vehemently on being left alone, with no one looking over their shoulders?
Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, who has been known to spread conspiracy theories in the past, went even further shortly after. She tweeted that the claims made by the former president had “an extremely high probability” of being correct.
“Why else would they have barred his lawyers and anyone else from witnessing the unprecedented raid? They are aware of the repercussions of a power play with no real substance “It was her pen that did the talking.
I believe the probability that the FBI fabricated “evidence” to use against President Trump is very high. If they were so confident in their ground-breaking raid, why wouldn’t they let his lawyers or anyone else watch them as they did it? They are aware of the risks associated with making a power play without any real support. pic.twitter.com/zQ9ptmtFw6 The House of Representatives’ Marjorie Taylor Greene (@RepMTG) Sunday, August 10, 2022
Kentucky On Wednesday’s episode of Fox and Friends, Senator Rand Paul echoed the claim.
“Do I know that they won’t put things into the boxes they took from Mar-a-Lago to entrap him?” As Paul put it. “I mean, how are we to know? Lawyers were denied access to the sealed containers.” But how can we trust that they will tell us the truth about what’s inside the boxes? If the attorneys weren’t able to inspect the contents of the box before it left the house, how can we be sure that it contained anything?”
It is not clear that the FBI is attempting to frame the ex-president.
Meanwhile, lawyers have suggested that Trump could have disclosed the search warrant he would have been issued in advance of the search. There would be a list of everything taken from his house.
We’ve reached out to the FBI to get their take.
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