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FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is the first in presidential history

The FBI execution of the search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida is said to be unprecedented. Why is this happening now? We talk with local, national legal and political experts on what led to this and what the agents were actually looking for.

FBI agents at Donald Trump's residence
REUTERS/Marco Bello
Secret service members stand guard outside former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home after Trump said that FBI agents raided it, in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S., August 8, 2022. REUTERS/Marco Bello


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What was the actual motivation behind the FBI's search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida Monday?

What are the next steps after the FBI raid?

The answers to these questions remain to be discovered, especially since this is the first time in history that federal agents have had to search a previous President’s home under an investigation into potentially classified documents being stored at their private residence.

The situation also brings up discussion on what types of classified documents should not have left the White House. Plus, how will this play out politically?

Our legal and political experts break down the latest details, along with thoughts and reactions from our listeners.


The Honorable Vanessa Gilmore

  • Retired Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas

Brandon Rottinghaus

  • Professor, Department of Political Science University of Houston and co-host of the Houston Public Media podcast "Party Politics"

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  • Criminal Defense Attorney and Legal Analyst

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