‘UNPRECEDENTED’: Former Fed Says ‘We Haven’t Investigated Presidents After They Have Served’

According to former head of the FBI’s Minneapolis Field Office Michael Tabman, the search on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home is ‘unprecedented’ —especially considering it’s a search warrant for a non-sitting President.

“We just haven’t investigated presidents after they’ve served their term,” Tabman said. “But it is a huge move by the FBI in that the political sensitivities are clear. It’s obvious that they’re dealing on a very, sort of tenuous political climate when you go out and you investigate a president, especially one who says he may run for office again.”

Tabman says securing a search warrant for such a raid is not a simple task.

“You have to certainly, as most people know, produce probable cause … to first get prosecutors who want to write this and present it to a judge – and then present it to a judge who has to agree that you have shown probable cause that a crime has been committed, there is evidence of the crime in the location that you state and at the time you plan to execute the warrant,” he said, by phone. “So, there’s a lot of information that you have to be very convincing of to a federal judge and they scrutinize these.”

“And there’s no doubt in my mind that this went all the way to the attorney general before they took it to a judge,” Tabman added. 

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