Marco Rubio Claims the Mar-a-Lago Raid Is a Document Storage

  • Marco Rubio posited that the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago was really just over a “storage issue.”
  • “I don’t think a fight over the storage of documents is worthy of what they’ve done,” Rubio said.
  • The FBI is probing whether Trump broke federal laws by keeping top-secret documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio is leaning into a new defense of former President Donald Trump, arguing that the crux of the Mar-a-Lago raid is about how the documents were stored. 

“This is, really, at its core, a storage argument that they’re making,” Rubio told NBC 6.

“I don’t think a fight over the storage of documents is worthy of what they’ve done, which is a full-scale raid and then these constant leaks.”

However, Rubio’s characterization of the raid at Mar-a-Lago leaves out the fact that the FBI is investigating whether Trump broke three federal laws, including the Espionage Act, by keeping classified documents at his Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida.

While executing a search warrant at the property on August 8, FBI agents seized 11 sets of classified documents. Per The Washington Post, some documents were marked top secret and concerned nuclear weapons.

Meanwhile, Trump’s team has leveled various — and at times conflicting — defenses of his actions in taking classified documents to Mar-a-Lago, including an argument that doing so is akin to not returning an overdue library book.

Trump has also claimed without evidence that the FBI purposefully tossed top-secret files “haphazardly all over the floor” during the raid to make him look bad. He has also inadvertently undermined his unsubstantiated claim that the FBI planted classified documents at his property. 

On Monday, a federal judge granted Trump’s request for a special master to look at the documents seized in the FBI’s search. This means that government investigators must hold off on examining the seized documents until the special master reviews them.