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Trump highlights that Biden administrator authorized ‘deadly use of force’ in Mar-a-Lago raid

The Biden administration authorized the use of deadly force during the FBI raid on former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Florida in August 2022 as part of its investigation into classified records, court documents revealed.

“The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force. No one ordered additional action to be taken and there was no deviation from the standard in this issue”. “the FBI told Fox News in a statement on Tuesday.

An “Operations Order” filed as part of Special Counsel Jack Smith’s investigation into Trump’s alleged improper retention of classified records revealed that the “FBI believed its goal for the Mar-a-Lago raid was to seize classified information, NDI, and US Government Records,'” as described in the search warrant.

The order, according to a court filing, contained a “Policy Statement” on the “Use of Deadly Force,” which said, for example, that “Department of Justice law enforcement officers may use deadly force when necessary.”

FLASHBACK: TRUMP SAYS MAR-A-LAGO HOUSE IN FLORIDA ‘UNDER SIEGE’ BY FBI AGENTS

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago

This view shows the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. (Charles Trainor Jr./Miami Herald/Tribune News Service via Getty Images/File)

According to the filing, the Justice Department and FBI agents “planned to bring ‘standard weapons,’ ‘ammunition,’ ‘handcuffs,’ and ‘medium and large bolt cutters,’ but were instructed to wear ‘polo-style shirts or with unmarked neck”. ‘ and keep ‘police equipment hidden’.

Trump, who spent another day in a New York City courtroom for his unprecedented criminal trial stemming from Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s investigation into Trump’s alleged falsification of business records, reacted to the revelations on Tuesday afternoon.

FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago

The FBI has been criticized for raiding former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. (FoxNews)

“WOW! I just left Biden’s Manhattan witch hunt trial, the ‘Icebox,’ and was shown reports that Joe Biden’s corrupt Justice Department, in its illegal and unconstitutional raid on Mar-a-Lago , AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE (LETAL) FORCE,” Trump published in his Truth Social. “NOW WE KNOW, FOR SURE, THAT JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY.”

FEDERAL JUDGE POSTPONES TRIAL DURING CLASSIFIED TRUMP RECORDS WITHOUT NEW DATE

Trump added: “HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE – 25TH AMENDMENT!”

Documents seized by the FBI in Ma-a-Lago

This image contained in an August 30, 2022 Department of Justice court filing and redacted in part by the FBI, shows a photograph of documents seized during the FBI’s August 8, 2022 search of Mar-a- Former President Trump’s Lake. farm in Florida. (Department of Justice via AP)

Trump was excluded from Smith’s investigation into his withholding of classified materials. Trump has pleaded not guilty to all 37 felony counts in the Smith investigation, including intentional withholding of national defense information, conspiracy to obstruct justice and false statements.

Trump was also charged with three additional counts as part of a superseding indictment outside the investigation: one count of willful withholding of national defense information and two counts of obstruction.

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Trump pleaded not guilty.

The federal judge presiding over the case, Judge Aileen Cannon of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, indefinitely postponed the trial stemming from Smith’s case. The trial was due to begin on May 20.