A top former FBI agent complained to the liberal media about calling the search of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate a “raid.”
After his complaint on MSNBC, the media changed the wording to describe the FBI’s actions.
Federal agents ransacked Trump’s Florida residence, including his private office and Melania Trump’s closet, in an effort to find classified records Trump allegedly took from the White House.
“Trump supporters assert that the boxes recovered during the raid contain files that were already declassified by the time Trump left office,” Summit News noted.
“The raid on Mar-a-Lago was based largely on information from an FBI confidential human source, one who was able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents,” two senior government officials told Newsweek.
The outlet reported that an informer allegedly told the FBI what documents were at Donald Trump’s Florida residence and where they were located.
Despite anger from both Trump supporters and Republicans, one former FBI agent insisted that the agency’s actions were not in fact a “raid.”
“Agents, by the way, don’t like the word raid, they don’t like it,” former FBI Assistant Director Frank Figliuzzi told MSNBC.
“It sounds like it’s some kind of, you know, extra judicial non legal thing. It’s the execution of a search warrant. It’s a court authorized search warrant,” he added.
MSNBC'S Frank Figliuzzi says 'FBI agents do not like the term "raid"'. Moments later, MSNBC updates their lower third to "executes search warrant" pic.twitter.com/KHCXTzJf6p
— Kayvon Afshari (@KayvonAfshari) August 9, 2022
Summit News reported:
Figliuzzi insisted that the FBI would want the incident described as them having “executed a search warrant” and that calling it a “raid” helped Trump define what happened as “prosecutorial misconduct.”
Almost instantly, the media followed orders.
“MSNBC changed their chyron, from “FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-A-Lago Home,” to “FBI Executes Search Warrant At Trump’s Mar-A-Lago,” moments after Figliuzzi’s appearance, notes Jack Hadfield.
The New York Times also changed the word “raid” to “search”.
Change in Headline pic.twitter.com/5XMRVDBNf3
— Editing TheGrayLady (@nyt_diff) August 9, 2022
Twitter’s trending tab description of the incident was also changed to omit the word “raid”.
Twitter Monday night vs Twitter Tuesday morning.
Spot the difference! pic.twitter.com/SctOhcs0L1
— Jack Hadfield 🇬🇧 (@JackHadders) August 9, 2022
Meanwhile, Trump himself said on Truth Social last night that the FBI had already visited Mar-a-Lago in June to view the records after they asked Trump to secure them with an extra lock.
“Then on Monday, without notification or warning, an army of agents broke into Mar-a-Lago, went to the same storage area, and ripped open the lock that they had asked to be installed,” wrote Trump.
“Two months before his Florida home was raided by the FBI, former President Donald Trump secretly received a grand jury subpoena for classified documents belonging to the National Archives, and voluntarily cooperated by turning over responsive evidence, surrendering security surveillance footage and allowing federal agents and a senior Justice Department lawyer to tour his private storage locker, according to a half dozen people familiar with the incident,” Just the News revealed.