FBI Sought Cocktail Napkins, a Birthday Menu, Letters, Memos, Maps in Mar-A-Lago Raid

The list of unrelated, random items was leaked to The Washington Post.

QUICK FACTS:
  • The FBI sought miscellaneous items during its raid of Mar-A-Lago, searching for materials that were not included in boxes that Trump had previously returned to the National Archives.
  • These materials included: “a cocktail napkin, a phone list, charts, slide decks, letters, memos, maps, talking points, a birthday dinner menu, schedules, and more.”
  • The information suggests these items were “improperly taken” to Mar-A-Lago.
  • A writer for RedState, Bonchie, criticized the FBI’s actions, writing, “The justification is so paper-thin that it’s only logical to assume the FBI had other motives.”
  • “The government chose to send rifle-wielding agents in full body armor to raid the premises of a former president, ostensibly for some dinner napkins,” the writer continued.
THE PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS ACT:
  • Justification for the raid on Mar-A-Lago is being based on the Presidential Records Act, whereby presidential records or any “documentary materials relating to the political activities of the President or members of the President’s staff” and are considered public property.
  • The Act was passed in 1978, following Nixon’s attempt to destroy tapes during Watergate.
  • The Act also states a president must not tamper with or destroy presidential documents or materials as they are deemed public property rather than private.
  • However, an exemption is made for documents that are private and personal in nature.
  • According to the FBI raid, supposedly ‘justified’ under the Presidental Records Act, napkins and birthday menus are not personal.
BACKGROUND:
  • The Mar-A-Lago raid comes as investigations into January 6 continue, although those, too, have been called “witch hunts” for the lack of incriminating evidence against Trump.
  • On Tucker Carlson Tonight, Lara Trump stated the corrupt establishment is “terrified he’s going to announce any day that he’s running for president in 2024, and this is a very convenient way to just throw a little more mud on Donald Trump, as though they haven’t already done enough.”