When CNN reported that the FBI had raided former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, the internet was quickly awash with speculation. Donald is currently involved in several investigations between the January 6th riot and his business dealings in New York. Though some suspected the crackdown on one of these ongoing cases would lead to breakthroughs, ABC News recently reported that it happened for a very different reason. According to their sources, the Justice Department and FBI suspect Donald of holding classified documents that could compromise national security.
Despite the seriousness of the investigation, Twitter never misses an opportunity to create memes. Donald issued a lengthy statement on the situation on his platform Truth Social (via Politico). “They even broke into my safe,” he said. At this point some Twitter users implies that former First Lady Melania Trump was probably only too happy to provide the code.
However, what started as jokes about a seemingly awkward relationship has become far more real. The Wall Street Journal recently reported (via CNN) that after an initial search of Donald’s belongings in June, someone close to the situation told the FBI there may be additional documents at the club. Now the world has gone from writing jokes to asking questions like “Who’s the rat?”
Jared Kushner and Melania Trump could have tipped off the FBI
With so much investigation swirling around him, Donald Trump has understandably become paranoid. According to Rolling Stone, the former president is on high alert for wires and rats — a notoriously bad combination. He even goes so far as to suggest that President Joe Biden had something to do with the infiltration, although other political pundits believe the source may be from Trump’s own team.
Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson shared his theories on MSNBC (via The Independent). He appeared to be pointing the finger at Jared Kushner, Donald’s former senior adviser. “I think Jared Kushner has a lot of paranoia for reasons related to his family’s past. He never wants to go to jail,” Wilson said. As reported by the Chicago Tribune, Kushner’s father was in prison for tax evasion. Michael Cohen, Donald’s former attorney, also supported the Kushner theory when speaking to Insider.
Peter Strzok, a former FBI agent, has suspicions elsewhere. He took part in Twitter write“So much paranoia on a mole hunt, no one to trust, so much to do, so much to lose, so many walls approaching so fast. [also, might be Melanie].” The “Melanie” he accused is believed to be an autocorrected version of Melania Trump’s name, with one person quoting and tweeting her name approval: “Melania needs an *out*!”
The Trumps’ marriage has been under constant scrutiny throughout the presidency
Even when Melania Trump served as an FBI whistleblower, she wasn’t entirely free of suspicion. According to the New York Post, plainclothes officers who searched the residence went so far as to search the former first lady’s dressing room. While the potential invasion of her own privacy might be reason enough for Melania to remain calm, others are confident she has been unhappy and is looking for a way out.
Awkward moments between the pair were constantly aired throughout the Trump presidency. In response to the couple’s first dance at the inaugural ball, one person tweeted, “One day she will write a book and tell us the whole truth. This is so embarrassing. #SaveMelania.” As the presidency actually began, Melania continued to be challenged by her new role as First Lady. After receiving backlash and constant scrutiny, Melania was caught on tape seemingly complaining about being compared to her controversial husband. “They say I’m complicit. I’m just like him, I support him,” Glamor quoted her as saying. “I’m not saying enough. I’m not doing enough where I am.”
Of course, as the nation’s most well-known and documented couple, it’s understandable that Donald and Melania had some less-than-perfect moments together. It’s hard to say if her experience would be enough to get her husband into the FBI… but if she did, it could mean big trouble for Donald.
Donald Trump’s own law could land him in jail
In 2018, as reported by NBC News, Donald Trump himself signed into law penalties related to the “unauthorized removal and storage of classified documents or material.” He decided to increase the sentence for such a crime from one year to five years, an unfortunate decision given the investigation he now faces.
However, it is worth noting that the President of the United States has the authority to release documents as he pleases, with very few documents required. Experts at CNN suggest that this could add to Donald’s defense if he can claim and prove that the documents he is keeping have already been declassified. Attorney Brad Moss outlined some key questions from the investigation: “When did he decide to put those documents there? And did he take steps to release them before he left office?” According to Moss, unsealing the documents could have been as simple as ticking the “Secret” label, since the law only requires the president to declare secrecy “in writing “ must release.
It may be a while before we know who tipped off the FBI and what exactly they find. The internet has now come full circle and gone back to memes. “The scary thing is that all of this could happen to any of us who stole nuclear documents.” wrote a Twitter user.