Despite brazen statements to the contrary, Joe Biden and the White House were intimately involved in the FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s Florida home for several months before the search warrant for Mar-a-Lago was obtained earlier this month.
The White House cleared the path for the FBI to inspect 15 boxes containing classified documents turned over to the National Archives by Trump earlier this year. That led directly to the further investigation of allegations that Trump had mishandled other information.
On May 10, Acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall wrote to Evan Corcoran, an attorney representing President Trump. That letter was published this week by JustTheNews and confirms that Biden’s White House counsel affirmed a request by the FBI in April to have access to the 15 boxes previously provided to the archives.
1. White House staff has repeatedly claimed there was “no prior knowledge” of the raid. Clearly, that was a lie.
2. Joe Biden has not said a word about it in two weeks. What else is he trying to hide from the American people?https://t.co/D2dg6gWiwu
— Rep. Brian Mast (@RepBrianMast) August 23, 2022
Trump’s attorneys responded by asking for the disclosure to the FBI to be delayed until they had an opportunity to review the material and determine in consultation with President Trump if there was a privilege to be asserted regarding any of the documents.
Wall wrote in her letter that she had been advised by Attorney General Merrick Garland’s Justice Department that there is “no precedent for an assertion of executive privilege by a former President against an incumbent President” to prevent the disclosure of the records in the 15 boxes.
Wall told Corcoran that she decided based on the DOJ advice that she would not “honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege.” She also admitted that she had been told by Biden’s attorneys that he would defer to her decision to follow the advice of Garland’s Assistant Attorney General Christopher Schroeder.
Schroeder, who also worked in the Clinton and Obama administrations, advised Wall that Trump could not assert executive privilege against Biden’s inspection of the records.
Wall also told Corcoran that the DOJ advised her that the FBI had to access the records as part of an “ongoing criminal investigation” and to assess the “potential damage resulting” from the way the materials had been stored.
In June, Trump cooperated with DOJ and FBI officials who visited Mar-a-Lago to retrieve documents described in a grand jury subpoena issued after Wall sent her letter to Corcoran. Nevertheless, the DOJ then on August 5 sought the search warrant leading to the raid at Trump’s home.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre falsely stated on August 9 that Biden “learned about it, really, like all of us did.” She added that the president was “not aware” of the search, and emphasized that “nobody in the White House was.”
Garland later declared that he personally approved the request for the search warrant.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) posted a tweet on Tuesday saying, “We KNEW Biden had to be lying when he said he didn’t know about the Trump raid. Now the truth is coming out.”