One week after the FBI raided former President Donald Trump’s estate Mar-a-Lago in Florida, his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, who is married to his son Eric, is speaking out against it.
“I would say this entire raid on Mar-a-Lago is such a bad look overall for America across the world,” Lara told Fox News. “You know, I think so often about what our allies and our enemies must think right now to see exactly what has happened, to see a potential candidate for president have his home raided by the current president’s DOJ, the person that he might be running against should he decide to run in 2024.”
“Man, that is banana republic-type stuff. It makes America look weak. It makes us look unstable as a country. And so I’d be more worried about the steps that were taken by the FBI here than anything that Donald Trump has done,” she continued. “What do they expect, by the way? This man has been attacked every way possible. We know about the fake investigations in the past. We know about the FISA warrants and all the false information used to obtain those, too, for the Russia collusion hoax.”
Not stopping there, Lara proceeded to double down by talking about how this all makes America look.
“All of this makes America look so bad,” she said. “And of course, my father-in-law is going to fight back. Rightly so. He’s standing up for himself. He’s always stood up for America, and any suggestion otherwise is just absolutely ridiculous.”
Fox News contributor Lara Trump says her family would have “no concerns” if the affidavit used to justify the Mar-a-Lago search is unsealed.
A judge will hold a hearing Thursday to discuss requests to unseal the affidavit. The DoJ argues that would compromise its investigation. pic.twitter.com/UWvRa0ORmN
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Daily Mail reported that Lara also said that the FBI and Department of Justice should be open to the public about what they are doing.
“We want full and complete transparency for the American people,” she said. “This has been a really tough time you know the past nine days or so, since this happened. I think people in America don’t even recognise the country they live in at certain points and obviously we’re frustrated as a family but as a country you have to trust the FBI. You have to trust the DOJ.”
“And what happened last week was unfortunately a step in the wrong direction and a lot of people are very skeptical of these organizations,” Lara stated. “And I think they should be doing any and everything they can to clear the air.”
Lara also said that the search was not necessary because her father-in-law was cooperating.
“There was complete cooperation between my father in law’s attorneys, anyone that was handling this situation, and the FBI, the National Archives,” she argued. “There there was no concern whatsoever. And then all of a sudden, you fast forward two months, there’s a raid at Mar-a-Lago. So we all would like to know as well, what’s in that affidavit.”
This comes as the Department of Justice is fighting to keep the affidavit sealed.
“Disclosure of the government’s affidavit at this stage would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations,” the Justice Department said.
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly,” it added.
This comes as Trump has yet to reveal whether or not he will be running for president again in 2024.