America First Legal has recently disclosed that the Biden administration played a role in the raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, contrary to their earlier claims of being surprised by the news on social media.
Reed D. Rubinstein, America First Legal senior counselor and director of oversight and investigations, stated that internal government documents acquired through a Freedom of Information Act request indicate a misuse of power by the Biden administration against its political adversaries.
Previously, Fox News reported that the FBI was granted access to Trump’s records via a “special access request” from the Biden White House. The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) had claimed non-involvement in the Department of Justice (DOJ) investigation.
However, records reveal that John Laster, the Archives official overseeing all access requests for Presidential records, participated in the request.
The findings by America First Legal highlight the role of the NARA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) in referring the matter to the DOJ. The organization also notes that the special access statute allows such requests only when the records are necessary for “the conduct of current business” of the White House.
America First Legal contends that supplying documents for a criminal investigation does not qualify as the “current business” of the White House.
An August letter from NARA acting head Debra Wall to Trump’s attorney Evan Corcoran suggested President Biden’s involvement in the matter. In the letter, Wall explained that President Biden deferred to her decision, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, on whether to uphold the former President’s “protective assertion of executive privilege.”
This new information exposes the Biden administration’s deception and underhanded tactics. It is crucial for the American people to demand transparency and hold the administration responsible for its actions.