In the days after the unprecedented FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, supposedly in search of improperly stored classified documents, initial reports suggested the FBI had been tipped off about the presence of such documents by an informant in Trump’s camp.
Mick Mulvaney, Trump’s former acting chief of staff, said in an interview last week that such an informant would had to have been “really close” to Trump in order to know for certain that such documents were in Trump’s possession and where on the property those documents were stored, the Conservative Brief reported.
Of course, given that Mulvaney hasn’t been a part of the former president’s inner circle for quite some time, he himself acknowledged that he was just speculating and making an educated guess based on his prior experience as part of Trumpworld.
“Confidential human source”
Newsweek was the first to report just two days after the raid that, according to two unnamed senior government officials, the FBI had a “confidential human source” inside the Mar-a-Lago resort who had provided the bureau with the information it needed to seek a search warrant and execute a raid.
That informant was alleged to be someone who was “able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents.”
Later that same day, the Wall Street Journal reported similarly that “someone familiar with the stored papers told investigators there may be still more classified documents at the private club” following prior discussions between Trump’s team and government officials about improperly stored records at the property, after which some documents had been handed over to the National Archives.
FBI informant likely “really close” to Trump
Following those reports last Wednesday about an FBI informant at Mar-a-Lago, Mulvaney joined CNN host Brianna Keilar the next day to discuss the FBI raid on his former boss’s residence as well as the allegation that somebody on the inside had tipped off authorities about the presence and location of the classified documents.
Kielar asked, “How close do you think that person in Trump’s orbit would have to be to know the details about where the documents were?”
“Really close. That’s a good question. Really close,” Mulvaney replied. “I didn’t know there was a safe at Mar-a-Lago and I was the chief of staff for 15 months.”
“So, this would be someone handling things on day to day, who knew where documents were, so it would be somebody very close inside the president — my guess is there is probably six or eight people who had that kind of information,” he continued.
“I don’t know the people on the inside circle these days so I can’t give any names of folks who come to mind, but your instinct I think is a good one, is that if you know where the safe is, and you know the documents are in ten boxes in the basement, you are pretty close to the president,” Mulvaney added.
If it is true that there is an FBI informant within Trump’s inner circle, that would be a rather big deal, and Axios reported last week that the usual “mistrust and paranoia” among those who surround the former president had “intensified” as fingers were speculatively pointed at various individuals who may have “flipped” on Trump and ratted him out to the feds.