The FBI allegedly used information provided by an informant who had intimate knowledge of the Trump family’s activities in order to procure the search warrant it needed for its raid on Mar-A-Lago.
As The Daily Wire reports:
An FBI confidential human source informed the bureau of classified documents that the former president was keeping in Mar-a-Lago, Trump’s Florida resort which he moved into after leaving the White House in 2021. The FBI’s warrant application to search Trump’s residence was based largely off of information fed to the bureau from the source, down to what the documents contained and where they were being kept, two senior government officials told Newsweek.
The informant reportedly told the FBI that confidential documents were stored in specific locations around Trump’s residence. The FBI relayed that information in its warrant application to federal magistrate judge, believed to be Bruce Reinhart of Florida. The warrant apparently specified that certain documents were kept in Trump’s safe, however, Eric Trump has said that the safe the FBI searched was empty.
The relationship between the raid informant and the FBI is unclear. The FBI’s use of confidential human sources is rife with controversy and critics say that the informants are too often motivated by money rather than public service. Informants can make tens of thousands, or possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars from the FBI during investigations. Confidential human sources may commit illegal acts themselves in service of the FBI or obtain information through dubious means to push an investigation forward.
According to reports the FBI recovered 10-15 boxes worth of materials which it seized from the Trump residence during the raid.