There’s a major asterisk next to this one because William Arkin had formerly claimed at Newsweek that his sources told him AG Garland hadn’t approved the Mar-a-Lago raid.
And plenty of people got burned by that.
This story claims that the FBI raid targeted specific documents.
The FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago last Monday was specifically intended to recover Donald Trump’s personal stash of hidden documents, two high-level U.S. intelligence officials tell Newsweek.
To justify the unprecedented raid on a former president’s residence and protect the source who revealed the existence of Trump’s private hoard, agents went into Trump’s residence on the pretext that they were seeking all government documents, says one official who has been involved in the investigation. But the true target was this private stash, which Justice Department officials feared Donald Trump might weaponize.
According to Arkin, these documents involved Russiagate.
The sought-after documents deal with a variety of intelligence matters of interest to the former president, the officials suggest—including material that Trump apparently thought would exonerate him of any claims of Russian collusion in 2016 or any other election-related charges.
Trump was particularly interested in matters related to the Russia hoax and the wrong-doings of the deep state, one former Trump official tells Newsweek. I think he felt, and I agree, that these are facts that the American people need to know. The official says Trump may have been planning to use them as part of a 2024 run for the presidency.
Is it true? Who knows. Arkin’s sources were wrong about Garland. And that’s a very basic thing. But it would provide a certain motive power for the controversy. It would explain why Trump wanted certain documents and why the Biden administration might want to seize them.
Of course just because something sounds plausible, doesn’t mean that it’s actually true.