Former President Donald Trump suggested on Wednesday that if the FBI found incriminating evidence during their search of his Mar-a-Lago residence, they had planted it there themselves.

“Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, ‘planting,’” Trump wrote on his social media platform, Truth Social. “Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out?”

The Justice Department executed a search warrant on Mar-a-Lago as a part of their investigation into the former President’s alleged mishandling of classified White House documents. In February, the National Archives called on the Justice Department to look into whether or not Trump violated the law after finding that 15 boxes of records had been taken to his Florida estate. Under the Presidential Records Act, presidents are required to preserve and turn in all memos, letters, emails and papers that they touched to the National Archives at the end of their term. The 15 boxes have since been returned, but it was reported on Wednesday that the FBI searched Trump’s residence after an informant told them Trump was still in possession of classified records.

Trump supporter Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia) furthered Trump’s claim in a statement on Twitter.


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“I think there is an extremely high probability that the FBI planted “evidence” against President Trump,” she wrote. “Otherwise WHY would they NOT allow his attorneys or anyone to watch them while they conducted their unprecedented raid?”

“They know the consequences of an empty-handed power move,” she added.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) added to the conversation on a Wednesday morning appearance on Fox News.

“Do I know that the boxes of material that they took from Mar-a-Lago, that they won’t put things in those boxes to entrap him?” Paul said. “How do we know? Their lawyers weren’t allowed to see the boxes go.”

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