Former President Donald Trump repeated claims the FBI planted classified documents when they raided his Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8, but this claim is conspicuously absent from his attorney’s arguments in legal filings.
On Thursday (September 8), Trump took to Truth Social following the request by the Department of Justice that a federal judge reinstates access to classified documents the FBI seized during a raid in his Palm Beach compound.
On Monday (September 5), U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon granted the former President’s request to have a special master appointed and suspended access to the documents until the yet-to-be-announced special master has reviewed the documents.
In his post, Trump blasted the FBI, claiming, “They leak, lie, plant fake evidence, allow the spying on my campaign, deceive the FISA Court, RAID, and Break-Into my home, lose documents, and then they ask me, as the 45th President of the United States, to trust them.”
The former President didn’t only repeat claims documents were planted, but he also discredited the legitimacy of the FBI’s investigation into his alleged mishandling of Classified documents by linking the bureau to an unfounded claim FBI officials conspired to smear him because of ties between Trump and Russia.
Earlier in the day, Trump had posted a message on Truth Social praising Cannon — a judge he appointed — for being “brilliant and courageous.”
Thursday’s post isn’t the first time Trump claimed evidence was planted. In the immediate aftermath of the raid, Trump also expressed his belief that the FBI had planter evidence but didn’t back up his claims.