'Mistrust and paranoia': Trump loyalists accuse aides of 'flipping' after FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search

'Mistrust and paranoia': Trump loyalists accuse aides of 'flipping' after FBI’s Mar-a-Lago search
Bank

On Monday, August 8, right-wing media and MAGA Republicans exploded in a fit of rage after the FBI conducted a search of former President Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago in South Florida. The search pertained to Trump’s handling of White House documents; under the Presidential Records Act of 1978, presidential records are publicly owned after a president leaves office.

Trump is known for demanding total, unquestioning loyalty from everyone from Republican politicians to business associates. And according to Axios reporter Mike Allen, the Mar-a-Lago search has made the atmosphere of “mistrust and paranoia” in Trumpworld even worse.

In an article published by Axios on August 10, Allen reports, “Trumpworld is abuzz with speculation about which close aide or aides has ‘flipped’ and provided additional sensitive information to the FBI about what former President Trump was keeping at Mar-a-Lago, sources tell Axios…. Trump's orbit is always an environment rife with mistrust and paranoia. Now, that's intensified.”

READ MORE: 'A bold step': George Conway explains why Trump 'should be worried' following Mar-a-Lago FBI search

Allen notes that the “focal point” of the FBI’s August 8 search was “the Mar-a-Lago basement.” Trump attorney Christina Bobb told the Washington Post that during the spring, Trump’s lawyers spoke to the U.S. Department of Justice about the documents being stored at Mar-a-Lago.

The Axios reporter explains, “Bobb said Trump's legal team searched through two to three dozen boxes in a basement storage area, hunting for documents that could be considered presidential records, and turned over several items. Bobb told the Post that in June, Trump lawyers showed DOJ investigators the boxes, and they looked through the material. She said the investigators didn't think the storage unit was properly secured. So, Trump officials added a lock.”

Allen continues, “FBI agents broke through that lock during the search, Bobb said. The FBI removed about a dozen boxes that had been stored in the basement storage area, she said.”

READ MORE: 'This is a national security issue': Former FBI agents note key details about 'raid' on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by fontsempire.com.