Some Trump allies are reportedly trying to ‘go dark’ amid search warrant revelations

Donald Trump’s allies are suddenly less eager to defend him and attack the FBI over agents’ search of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago home amid new reports about what might have been found and possible charges he could face .

“As people around him have gotten more details about the extent of what he kept there, and the various behind-the-scenes efforts to get them, without a search warrant, the alarm has grown in recent days when speaking to advisers from the fhv . president, Washington Post reporter Josh Dawsey said Friday on MSNBC. “Some of them are starting to go dark and stay as far away from this as they can.”

Dawsey said even some of those close to the former president may have no idea what kind of documents he kept, indicating they may be alarmed by what they are now learning.

FBI agents on Monday removed 20 boxes of documents, including 11 sets of classified information, from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and resort in Florida, according to the warrant and property receipt the FBI used to conduct the search. The documents were released by a federal magistrate judge on Friday at the request of US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

Some of the classified information seized was highly sensitive and top secret, and was designated to remain only in a secure government facility. Sources told The Washington Post in a report Thursday that some of the classified documents are believed to be related to nuclear weapons, which was a key reason for the urgent search.

The executive order indicated that Trump is under investigation for a possible violation of the Espionage Act, obstruction of justice and the removal and destruction of official documents. There were no details in the documents.

The Espionage Act prohibits anyone from obtaining defense information with the possible intent of using it against the United States or to advance the interests of a foreign country.

After the search, several far-right activists erupted online, sending calls for civil war and for Americans to “lock and load” after Trump and a number of Republican lawmakers used inflammatory language to denigrate the FBI and Justice Department.

Trump has called the legal search a “raid”, a “siege”, “lawless” and “corrupt”.

House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) claimed Thursday, without evidence, that the FBI agents who executed the search warrant were “rogue,” and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) said it was time to “destroy the FBI.”

Although several Trump allies appear to be “going dark,” Dawsey predicted others will continue to speak out on the former president’s behalf, citing their belief in his “Houdini-like” ability to escape accountability.

Watch Dawsey’s full interview below:

This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.


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