Former FBI official Steven D’Antuono testified before the House Judiciary Committee and revealed several irregularities surrounding an August 2022 raid of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
The Biden administration has denied any political motivation in the raid, but testimony from D’Antuono — a former Assistant Director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office — has raised suspicions that it was indeed politically motivated.
The most notable issue is why the bureau chose to assign the raid to its Washington field office instead of a geographically closer Miami one.
In addition, according to D’Antuono, agents did not wait for Trump’s attorney to arrive on-site before entering by cutting locks and conducting a search.
Plus, there was no U.S. attorney assigned to oversee the raid, which is highly unusual, as well as an apparent lack of concern over stacks of classified documents discovered in President Joe Biden’s garage at one of his Delaware homes and elsewhere.
In a recent Fox News interview, Trump’s attorney Alina Habba said she could not envision any scenario where Trump would take a plea deal from Biden’s Justice Department to avoid being convicted on any charges.
“No, I could never imagine,” Habba told host Shannon Bream. “I know I would never advise that. Especially when he’s not done anything wrong. You take a plea deal to make something go away. That’s an admission of guilt. He would never admit guilt because there was nothing wrong with declassifying documents, taking documents with you…”
“The only thing that was wrong was the raid on his home and the complete dual-tier system of justice that we’re seeing here when the Biden family is being treated completely differently than the Trump family,” she continued. “So to plea is exactly what they would want.”
The indictment says that Trump, as president, “had lawful access to the most sensitive classified documents and national defense information gathered and owned by the United States government, including information from the agencies that comprise the United States Intelligence Community and the United States Department of Defense.”
If convicted, Trump faces “decades” behind bars, Bream noted.
“I don’t think he’s thinking of it that way, and I don’t really think that’s a realistic way to think about this case,” Habba responded. “He’s done nothing wrong. He said that. This is completely politically motivated. It’s election interference at its best by a political opponent. So to his credit, and the world should understand, an indictment is a one-sided document. He has a defense. The defense is real.”