It turns out the Biden administration was involved in the Aug. 8, 2022 FBI raid on Mar-A-Lago to recover classified documents supposedly removed from the White House by former President Donald Trump despite claiming at the time that it was "stunned" about the raid and had no involvement.
New information showed that the administration had filed a "special access pass" to get the FBI access to the records, putting to the lie claims that it had no involvement and contradicting what the Archives told Congress about the raid.
Archives official John Laster was involved in reviewing the 15 boxes Trump gave to the FBI in January 2022, and prepared them for review by the FBI.
“The special access statute authorizes special access requests to an incumbent president only when the records in question are needed for ‘the conduct of current business’ of the White House,” America First Legal explained. “Providing documents to the DOJ for purposes of a criminal investigation is not the ‘current business’ of the White House.”
"Biden officials in the Executive Office of the President and the Department of Justice unlawfully abused their power and then lied about it to the American people,” senior counselor and director of oversight and investigations Reed D. Rubinstein said in a statement about the administration involvement.
Trump has said the raid was "illegal and unconstitutional" and that not only was he cooperating with the FBI to turn over material, but that it was all declassified anyway.