FBI: "Use of Deadly Force" Authority for Mar-a-Lago Raid Standard Protocol

Mar-A-Lago Trump's House Palm Beach Florida

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The FBI now says that their search at former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence followed standard protocol, which "includes a standard use of deadly force" authorization.

FBI agents were tasked with seizing “classified information, [National Defense Information], and US Government records,” according to evidence in Trump's criminal case involving the allegedly mishandled classified documents in Florida.

The authorities also were told to conceal their “law enforcement equipment” and come armed with “ammo,” “handcuffs” and “medium and large sized bolt cutters,” notes the filing by lawyers for the former president.

“The FBI followed standard protocol in this search as we do for all search warrants, which includes a standard policy statement limiting the use of deadly force,” the agency said in a statement. “No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter.”

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