The release of surveillance video from the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago was teased by Eric Trump. The second son of former President Donald Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity when asked about the CCTV footage during an interview: “Absolutely, Sean, at the right time.” By declaring a safe breached by the FBI during the raid was empty, Eric Trump, who is an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, previously made news in recent weeks.
Prompting the elder Trump to claim this was another example of a politically motivated act against him, the FBI raid was the result of a search warrant. The release of a court-approved search warrant was allowed by a judge, and an inventory of property was seized, which showed 11 sets of classified records were removed from Donald Trump’s Florida residence and that the former president is being investigated for a possible Espionage Act violation and obstruction of justice. Federal agents were taped even after they were asked to turn off the security cameras, the former president, who called for the release of more documents underlying the search warrant, and his attorneys claim.
On whether to release the footage, Donald Trump is receiving mixed advice, A report by CNN said, with some encouraging a disclosure, including putting clips in campaign-style ads. The former president is being warned by others against it because people could see the large amount of material that was seized from the private club, reported Washington Examiner.
As part of its investigation, the Department of Justice already subpoenaed surveillance footage from Mar-a-Lago and cited a source saying Jay Bratt, the DOJ chief of the Counterintelligence and Export Control Section who visited the club in June, was the official who made the request to turn off the cameras on the day of the search, the report also noted.
A former deputy director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe said on CNN that there would be “deep concern” within the bureau with such a video release. The disclosure of classified materials and the “increased risk” that it would pose to agents involved in the search after Breitbart published the names of FBI agents who carried out the raid, were among the reasons he listed.