(LifeSiteNews) — Former U.S. President Donald Trump has denied and mocked the claim that the FBI’s Monday raid on his Florida home was launched in a bid to recover classified documents concerning nuclear weapons.
The Washington Post made the accusation in a Thursday report, citing unnamed sources who declined to provide details backing up their claims. According to The Post, “Classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in” the raid, “according to people familiar with the investigation.”
Trump responded in a Friday morning post on his social media platform Truth Social.
“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” he said, adding that the “[s]ame sleazy people” were “involved.”
Former President Trump denies report that FBI agents were looking for classified documents related to nuclear weapons, among other items, when they searched his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week. https://t.co/5DHHN8ZDo8
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 12, 2022
Conservative Treehouse pointed out that the Mar-a-Lago raid “coincides with developments in the civil lawsuit [Trump] filed against Hillary Clinton, Perkins Coie, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page, Peter Strzok and the entire cabal of DOJ, FBI and Clinton campaign operatives via the fake Trump-Russia collusion hoax known as ‘spygate.’”
In the Friday statement, Trump went on to blast the FBI for allegedly searching his residence without permitting others, including his lawyers, to be present, and once again floated a suggestion that agents may have been “[p]lanting information.”
Conservative commentators were also quick to slam The Washington Post’s claim, pointing out that if Trump was in possession of top secret nuclear weapons documents, federal agents should not have taken a year and a half to obtain them.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has officially crossed a line by weaponizing the FBI to target America’s most influential conservative leader — former president Donald Trump, a private citizen — without due process and with obvious political bias.
SIGN this petition to FBI Director Christopher Wray - condemn this blatant political policing againt former President Trump.
This single act has sent an unmistakable signal that anyone who holds a dissenting political belief from the leftist regime can have his or her life ruined by the Deep State — forcing them to defend themselves from a faceless FBI attack-arm of the federal government.
The FBI just proved that Donald Trump was right. He’s always been right.— Benny Johnson 🍊 (@bennyjohnson) August 9, 2022
No one will ever forget this.
We cannot stand for the complete corruption and weaponization of America's law enforcement, and especially not the FBI. We must stand united, bold, and patriotic — in the name of liberty, the rule of law, and American Greatness.
SEND A BOLD MESSAGE TODAY: WE ABSOLUTELY CONDEMN THE DESPICABLE FBI RAID ON A PRIVATE AMERICAN CITIZEN — AND WE WILL NOT STOP FIGHTING FOR AMERICA FIRST!
This kind of weaponization of federal agencies against private citizens who hold a dissenting worldview is seen only in third-world countries.
This is exactly why Americans must use their voices and shout even more loudly that this country is worth saving from the ideologues on the radical left who care only about power and control.
We won’t know how fully insane the FBI raid on Trump is until we see the warrant and warrant application. But after Russiagate – years of investigation predicated largely on Clinton campaign misinformation -- if the basis for this isn’t bedrock-solid, there should be hell to pay.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 9, 2022
Destroying 30K classified emails with a hammer and bleach doesn’t get your home searched. Remember that.— Erielle Davidson (@politicalelle) August 9, 2022
American patriots will continue standing in the way of the left's attempt at hostile takeover, and will always defend America from her enemies — both foreign and domestic.
SIGN NOW: Our Founding Fathers added their names to the Declaration of Independence, and now more than ever is it important to add your name to the growing list of patriots who uphold our inalienable rights and the promise of self-government.
The @FBI raid on President Trump was approved by Director Wray, who also claimed that the illegal FISA warrants used to spy on Trump were constitutional.— Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 9, 2022
Today’s raid is outrageous and unjust, but predictable.
Stand up against the targeting of private American citizens from FBI raids - we refuse to back down!
P.S. — Nobody is safe from politically motivated attacks under the current DOJ. And with 87,000 new IRS agents joining the executive branch, the unaccountable federal government is only growing. Now is the time to push back before it’s too late! SIGN NOW AND STAND STRONG TOGETHER!
After todays raid on Mar A Lago what do you think the left plans to use those 87,000 new IRS agents for?— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 9, 2022
“Just to get this straight, we’re now supposed to believe that the material Trump had stored in his house was nuclear content so sensitive the FBI waited a year and a half to go get it and used the National Archives as a prop to do so?” wrote Daily Wire editor emeritus Ben Shapiro.
Just to get this straight, we’re now supposed to believe that the material Trump had stored in his house was nuclear content so sensitive the FBI waited a year and a half to go get it and used the National Archives as a prop to do so?
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 12, 2022
“If the FBI waited 18 months to seize ‘nuclear documents’ from a country club, everyone at the agency should be fired,” suggested Breitbart senior editor Joel Pollak.
If the FBI waited 18 months to seize “nuclear documents” from a country club, everyone at the agency should be fired.
— Joel Pollak (@joelpollak) August 12, 2022
The Washington Post’s allegation came just hours after U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland had confirmed to reporters that he personally gave the go-ahead for the FBI raid on Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
During the August 11 press conference, Garland said he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant” of Trump’s residence, adding the “department does not take such a decision lightly.”
“The search warrant was authorized by a federal court upon the required finding of probable cause,” he explained, stopping short at explaining how probable cause was determined.
The attorney general also announced the Department of Justice had filed a motion to have the FBI search warrant unsealed, following an order from a federal magistrate judge.
Trump has also called for the document to be released.
“Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years,” Trump said in a statement Thursday night.
“This unprecedented political weaponization of law enforcement is inappropriate and highly unethical,” the former president said.
The FBI property receipt reviewed by Fox News on Friday reportedly indicates that agents removed about 20 boxes of items from Mar-a-Lago during the raid, including documents marked as “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” referring to top secret or sensitive information.
“Less than 24 hours after AG Merrick Garland promised to only release information via official court filings, Garland’s DOJ has anonymously leaked information to The New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal,” wrote Federalist CEO and co-founder Sean Davis.