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Trump Touts Baseless Claims, Hints at Defense in Attacks on FBI

  • Trump defended document handling while hinting at FBI ‘plant’
  • Criticism offers a road map of potential legal defenses
Donald Trump raises his fist while walking to a vehicle outside the Trump Tower in New York.

Donald Trump raises his fist while walking to a vehicle outside the Trump Tower in New York.

Photographer: STRINGER/AFP

Former President Donald Trump and his allies spent the week following the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home blasting out attacks on the investigation, deflecting blame, and floating baseless conspiracy theories.

Some of the assertions hint at possible legal defenses if Trump is charged, including that agents wrongfully seized privileged materials, that he declassified them, or that he’s not responsible for staff who packed the boxes at the White House. Others are unsubstantiated suggestions that the FBI planted evidence or that the search is part of a broader political plot.