The Trump lawyer who was at Mar-a-Lago for the FBI search describes the scene

Lindsey Halligan, a Florida-based lawyer for former President Donald Trump, was at Mar-a-Lago and spoke to CBS News about the FBI search. Here is her description of what happened:

Halligan was called around 10 a.m. Monday FBI agents were at Trump’s Palm Beach home, Mar-a-Lago, and they had a search warrant.

She was the second Trump lawyer to arrive at the scene, at about 11 a.m., after the search had begun. Christina Bobb, who used to be a TV host on the far-right OAN Network, was already there.

Over the next eight hours, Halligan said 30-40 FBI personnel conducted the search. There were a handful in suits, but most wore t-shirts, cargo pants, masks and gloves. Halligan estimated that 10-15 FBI vehicles entered and exited the property, including a Ryder truck.

She was not a witness boxes or documents being loaded onto the truck, although she didn’t dispute that FBI investigators took material from Mar-a-Lago — Halligan just didn’t see it.

Sources told CBS News that the FBI did indeed take boxes and documents from Mar-a-Lago, but no electronics. Two sources said some, if not all, of the documents are potentially classified records.

The National Archives picked up 15 boxes of records, some of which contained classified material, from Mar-a-Lago in mid-January. Monday’s search appears to be part of the Justice Department investigation.

Halligan says she and Bobb were prevented from entering the complex, forced to remain outside, between the ballroom and the residence, on the grounds of Mar-a-Lago.

According to Halligan, the FBI divided the search into three areas: a bedroom, a storage area and an office.

She said she spoke with Trump who expressed shock at the FBI search. He said he believed he had complied with investigators’ requests. He told Halligan that the Justice Department has an open line to its lawyers and said he has asked them to turn over responsive documents if they have them. She said the former president raised concerns about abuse of power by the Biden administration.

US officials confirm that the search of Trump’s home was authorized by the highest levels of the Justice Department. However, State Attorney Merrick Garland is not expected to make any public statements about the investigation or the search.

Halligan said the search warrant was sealed, and because she had not been part of that aspect of Trump’s legal portfolio until Monday, she did not know what kinds of documents the FBI might be looking for, nor what kinds of documents the former president keeps with him at Mar-a-Lago.

Nonetheless, she insisted that the government’s search “was an appalling display of abuse and power — complete overkill.” She also claimed that “if they needed documents, they could have asked. There has never been an issue with compliance.” Halligan said the search came as a “big surprise”.

The search teams finished their work at around 18:30

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