Former President Donald Trump said he has reached out to the Department of Justice and offered support and assistance in an effort to lower the temperature after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate on August 8.
"I will do whatever I can to help the country," Trump said to Fox News Digital in a Monday morning exclusive. "If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that."
Trump was in New York as 30 federal agents entered his Florida property and took several boxes of material from the former president's residence last week. Trump has said the documents that the FBI retrieved from the estate had been declassified through a "standing order" of Trump's that let him take classified materials from the White House to his private residence so he could work out of office.
Trump said, "The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I've never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one—years of scams and witch hunts, and now this."
On August 11, United States Attorney General Merrick Garland confirmed that he "personally approved" of the FBI raid, which was greenlit in state by Florida federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart, who donated to the Obama campaign in 2008 and, as a lawyer years before, represented Jeffrey Epstein's employees in court.
At the time Trump said, "These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before."
Trump said to Fox News Digital, "There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country—at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times."
The raid happened on the Department of Justice's belief that Trump and his team had not returned all documents that are deemed government property under the Presidential Records Act.
Trump said that "They could take anything they want, and put anything they want in," because "My people were asked to stand outside." Trump previously expressed concerns that the FBI planted evidence, especially because the FBI told his staff to "turn off the camera," and that "no one can go through the rooms" as the FBI roamed the rooms.
"Years of fake witch hunts and phony Russia, Russia, Russia schemes and scams," the former president said. "Nothing happens to those people who perpetuate that—nothing happens with them."
In the spring, officials from the Justice Department and the FBI traveled to Mar-a-Lago to speak with Trump’s representatives, to inspect where the documents were held, and to express concerns over their belief that Trump or those close to him still had documents that should be in government custody. Trump said he and his team had been cooperating and that the raid was unnecessary because "they could have had it [the documents] anytime they wanted without playing politics and breaking into Mar-a-Lago."
Trump said to Fox News Digital that the "temperature has to be brought down."
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