FBI Had November Midterms on Its Mind While Planning Mar-a-Lago Raid: Ex-Federal Prosecutor


A former federal prosecutor with knowledge of the Department of Justice’s inner workings said the FBI’s raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida was likely conducted on Aug. 8 for a specific reason.

On Tuesday, Elie Honig, a former federal and state prosecutor turned CNN senior legal analyst, said the DOJ is required to hold off from conducting “politically sensitive moves” within 90 days of any major election.

The Aug. 8 raid just so happened to be conducted 91 days prior to this year’s midterm elections on Nov. 8.

“Today is just about 90 days out exactly from the midterms, I think maybe 91 or 92 days out. That policy, that may be a reason why they did it today because they want to stay clear of that if they’re interpreting that as a 90 day rule,” Honig, a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, told CNN.

Earlier reports indicated the DOJ was already weighing such considerations.

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On July 18, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow revealed a May 25 internal DOJ memo from Attorney General Merrick Garland titled “Election Year Sensitivities.”

“Simply put, partisan politics must play no role in the decisions of federal investigators or prosecutors regarding any investigations or criminal charges,” Garland wrote in the memo.

“Law enforcement officers and prosecutors may never select the timing of public statements (attributed or not), investigative steps, criminal charges, or any other action in any matter or case for the purpose of affecting any election, or for the purpose of giving an advantage or disadvantage to any candidate or political party.

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“Such a purpose, or the appearance of such a purpose, is inconsistent with the Department’s mission and with the Principles of Federal Prosecution.”

Following the Aug. 8 raid, Garland said he “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant in this matter” on Thursday.

In an interview with the U.K.’s Daily Mail, the former president’s son Eric Trump revealed the scope of the raid.

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“There’s 30 agents there,” he said. “They told our lawyer … you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras.”

Americans don’t seem too convinced that the DOJ’s motives were apolitical.

According to a poll conducted by The Trafalgar Group, 47.9 percent of likely voters believe “Trump’s political enemies” were behind the FBI raid, while just 39.7 percent believed “the impartial justice system” was the driving force.

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Michael wrote for a number of entertainment news outlets before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter. He now manages the writing and reporting teams, overseeing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of Manager of Writing and Reporting. His responsibilities now include managing and directing the production of commentary, news and original reporting content.
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