PALM BEACH, Fla. — The Monday search at Mar-a-Lago came shrouded in secrecy after a sealed document was signed off by a federal judge to conduct the investigation.
Palm Beach County State Attorney Dave Aronberg shared his thoughts Tuesday regarding the search warrant the FBI used at Mar-a-Lago.
"This has got to be a really tight search warrant because this is uncharted territory. This is not going to be a fishing expedition," Aronberg said. "This is clearly, in my mind, something involving national security, and it must be a willful breach. They're not doing this because of negligence or an accident."
Legal experts said any such warrant, especially in this case, needs to be very specific about what the FBI is looking for and where it might be, and it's not a license to tear the home apart.
Valentin Rodriguez, a West Palm Beach attorney, offered his opinion on the search.
"Often times search warrants are based on meetings with cooperators or undercover persons who give them the data they need to create the affidavit," Rodriguez said. "A lot of times affidavits are based upon confidential informants alone."
All of this is still speculation, but one thing seems clear to many about the search.
"It means the case is very strong because they would not have staked their careers — their supervisor's careers — on a frivolous warrant to a former president's home, who may be running for president in the near future," Rodriguez said.
Palm Beach police issued a statement Tuesday saying they were "not aware of the existence of a search warrant nor did our department assist the FBI in the execution of a search warrant."
Their statement also said they were “disappointed by their lack of communication regarding this incident."
The Palm Beach Police Department was not aware of the existence of a search warrant nor did our department assist the FBI in the execution of a search warrant. (Part 2)— Palm Beach Police Department (@PalmBeachPolice) August 9, 2022