FBI Could Raid Trump Tower: Ex-Prosecutor

Trump Tower may be raided to see if Donald Trump is hiding more classified documents, a former federal attorney has said.

Niama Rahmani responded to court filings by Trump's attorneys on Tuesday that said Trump kept presidential records at Trump Tower in New York and his county estate in Bedminster, New Jersey.

“Prosecutors don't know whether Trump's other homes have classified documents,” Rahmani said. Newsweek.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin on April 02, 2024. A former federal prosecutor says his Trump Tower property could be raided for classified documents.

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Attorney Jack Smith, president of the law firm West Coast Trial Lawyers in California, said Rahmani is “unlikely to do so at this stage of the case and during the election, but that possibility exists, especially given Trump's failure to legally comply.” issued subpoenas in the past.”

Newsweek There was no immediate response to an emailed request for comment from Trump's lawyer on Thursday.

In August 2022, the FBI raided Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida to retrieve classified documents stored by Trump. As a result, Trump is accused of retaining classified documents from his presidency in Florida and stashing them in various parts of Mar-a-Lago, including the bathroom, and thwarting efforts by federal authorities to retrieve them.

Trump has pleaded guilty to the charges and has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.

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Recent filings by Trump's lawyers show that even before he took office in 2017, he kept classified documents at Trump Tower and Bedminster. The contents of the classified documents are unclear.

The location of Trump's classified documents beyond the Florida resort has been redacted in previous court filings.

The locations were revealed in proposed jury instructions filed by Trump's lawyers with U.S. District Court Judge Eileen Cannon on Tuesday.

New information appears to confirm that former Trump valet Brian Butler helped load boxes of presidential records onto Trump's private plane in Florida as the former president and his family flew to their Bedminster, N.J., mansion for two summers. years ago.

Butler told CNN last month that the plane was boarded on June 3, 2022, the same day Trump and his lawyer met with the Justice Department at Mar-a-Lago to discuss the missing classified documents.

Butler said he later realized the white boxes of documents were at the center of the federal indictment against Trump.

Until he went public, Butler was known only as “Trump employee 5” in court documents filed with Cannon.

Cannon was criticized by Smith for suggesting that the jury may be allowed to consider whether Trump kept presidential records as his personal possessions after leaving the White House.

Trump's claim that the president designated the files as personal before leaving the White House is a key part of his defense in the classified documents case.