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Raid on Mar-A-Lago: DeSantis Admin and Sheriff Kept in the Dark

Taryn Fenske, head of communications for the governor’s office, confirms to The Florida Standard that the DeSantis administration neither knew about nor cooperated with the FBI’s raid on former President Trump’s estate.

PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s estate, Mar-A-Lago, which according to the former president involved a large number of federal agents, took place on Monday in the early evening. The agents, after swarming the property, reportedly broke into Trump’s safe.

“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” the former president wrote in an official statement, adding that “such an assault could only take place in broken, Third World countries.”

But the DeSantis administration neither knew about nor took part in the raid, according to Taryn Fenske, head of the governor’s communications office. This was further corroborated by DeSantis himself, who commented on the raid in an unusually strong and outspoken tweet:

“The raid on MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against adversaries? Banana Republic.”

Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody also confirmed that she was not notified about the raid, and neither was the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. A local law enforcement source told The Florida Standard that neighbors of Mar-A-Lago had called police after seeing unmarked black SUVs at the compound entrance. The sheriff’s office is normally in constant contact with Secret Service as former President Trump regularly travels to and from the golf course and the airport, but this time, they had received no information.

When deputies arrived on scene, they encountered FBI and CES agents. Only a small group of Secret Service Agents were there, since Trump was in New York at the time. According to the law enforcement source, the Secret Service had been notified of the raid ahead of time to facilitate the entrance of federal agents.

According to the Miami Herald, the FBI was looking for classified documents that former President Trump allegedly had taken with him from the White House, but The Florida Standard has not been able to confirm this with other sources. The CES (Counterintelligence and Export Control Section) supervises the investigation and prosecution of cases affecting national security, foreign relations, and the export of military and strategic commodities and technology.

After the raid, Trump supporters gathered outside the property to show their support for the former president.