Mick Mulvaney said someone “very close” to Trump may be working with the FBI.
Mulvaney, who was Trump’s chief of staff, said even he didn’t know there was a safe at Mar-a-Lago.
He estimated that there were six to eight people in Trump’s inner circle with access to such information.
Trump’s former White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, has speculated that if an FBI informant in Trump’s camp existed, they would likely be one of the six to eight people closest to the former president.
Mulvaney spoke to CNN Thursday about the FBI’s Monday raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.
He said he believed the informant whose tip-off triggered the raid was likely someone deeply embedded in Trump’s orbit and “really close” to him.
Citing sources, Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that someone had told authorities that classified government documents may have been improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago.
“I didn’t even know there was a safe at Mar-a-Lago, and I was chief of staff for 15 months,” Mulvaney said.
He added that the informant would be someone “very close to the president” who handled day-to-day affairs and knew “where the documents were.”
“I’m guessing there are probably six or eight people who had that kind of information,” Mulvaney said.
“If you know where the safe is and you know the documents are in 10 boxes in the basement, you’re pretty close to the president,” he said.
Mulvaney added that he did not know who the people in Trump’s “inner circle” were at the moment and that he was unable to provide specific names.
He also called on the FBI to release more information about the search. “The onus is on them to show that they are absolutely on the up and up,” he said. “And releasing that statement is something they can and should do.”
Mulvaney’s comments come as suspicions grow in Trumpworld that there is a mole close to the former president. Per Axios, Trump allies believe someone may have “turned” on the former president and started working with the FBI.
Trump’s lawyer Michael Cohen also weighed in on the matter, telling Insider that he wouldn’t be surprised if the informant turned out to be Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner or one of his children.
The FBI has not given an official rationale for its search of Mar-a-Lago, though that could be revealed if the DOJ’s motion to unseal court records related to the raid goes through.
Several media outlets — along with Trump’s son, Eric — have suggested the search involved material Trump may have brought to Mar-a-Lago from the White House. The Washington Post also reported that the FBI had been looking for classified documents on nuclear weapons during the raid.
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