Trump tells DOJ – let me help you or ‘terrible things will happen’: Ex-President offers to ‘bring the temperature down’ in thinly-veiled warning after Mar-a-Lago raid sparked attacks on FBI
- Donald Trump confirmed that he told the DOJ he would ‘do whatever I can to help the country’ after outrage ensued after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate
- ‘People are so angry at what is taking place,’ Trump told Fox. ‘Whatever we can do to help—because the temperature has to be brought down in the country’
- Added a warning: ‘If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen’
- A report Sunday revealed Trump had a representative tell a DOJ official he had a message for Attorney General Merrick Garland
- ‘The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?’ was the message
Donald Trump appears to have changed his tune in recent days, claiming he will do ‘whatever’ he can to ‘help the country’ as he deals with the fallout of the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home last week.
The former president confirmed to Fox News that he offered his assistance to the Justice Department, but ‘has not heard yet’ if they will accept his offer.
‘I will do whatever I can to help the country,’ Trump said.
The latest comments come after a New York Times report revealed over the weekend that a person close to Trump reached out to a DOJ official to pass along a message from the president: ‘The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?’
It was portrayed Thursday just before Attorney General Merrick Garland made his first public statements on the raid, claiming he personally approved his agency seeking a warrant to search Trump’s Palm Beach estate.
Trump affirmed in an exclusive interview with Fox on Monday – the first since the raid – that he had his representatives reach out to the DOJ to offer assistance as outrage in his base ensues over the FBI’s raid on his private residence.
‘People are so angry at what is taking place,’ Trump told Fox when asked about reaching out. ‘Whatever we can do to help—because the temperature has to be brought down in the country. If it isn’t, terrible things are going to happen.’
He added: ‘The people of this country are not going to stand for another scam.’
The raid was in connection to an investigation into Trump improperly taking documents from the White House back to his Florida home upon leaving office.
Donald Trump confirmed that he told the Justice Department he would ‘do whatever I can to help the country’ after outrage ensued after the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago estate last week. Pictured: The former president leave Trump Tower in Manhattan as his Florida residence was raided Monday, August 8, 2021
A report Sunday revealed Trump had a representative tell a DOJ official he had a message for Attorney General Merrick Garland: ‘The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?’
The Presidential Record Act requires presidents to preserve all official documents and materials from their time in office, establishing that they belong to the people and not the office holder.
During the raid last Monday, Eric Trump told DailyMail.com, 30 FBI agents descended on Mar-a-Lago, refused to hand over to his father’s lawyer Christina Bobb a copy of the warrant and made her wait at the end of the driveway.
The agents seized classified records, including ones that were marked as Top Secret.
Trump disputes this, claiming the documents in his possession have all been declassified and insisting the agents took some materials that fall under attorney-client or executive privilege.
‘The country is in a very dangerous position,’ Trump told Fox on Monday. ‘There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one—years of scams and witch hunts, and now this.’
‘If there is anything we can do to help, I, and my people, would certainly be willing to do that,’ he added.
When claiming he hasn’t heard from the DOJ yet about his offer to help, Trump said: ‘I think they would want the same thing—I’ve never seen anything like this. It is a very dangerous time for our country.’
Supporters of Trump rally near his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey on Sunday, August 14 – nearly one week after the raid on his Florida club
Trump accused the FBI of ‘breaking’ into his home and ‘sneak attacking’.
Eric told DailyMail.com that he received a call last Monday morning informing of the impending search of Mar-a-Lago.
The raid happened after what appears to be a two-month breakdown of cooperation and after Trump already handed over 15 boxes of White House materials to the National Archives.