- Trump was initially “optimistic” about the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago because he believed it would benefit him, according to The Washington Post.
- GOP support began to fade after reports that Trump may have obtained classified documents related to nuclear weapons.
- In response, Trump’s former state of mind has sometimes turned dark, the report says.
Former President Donald Trump was initially “upbeat” about the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago mansion, but his mood darkened at times as GOP support began to slide, according to a report.
Sources told The Washington Post that Trump believed the FBI raid would benefit him because it appeared the Justice Department had overreached.
“He thinks it’s a political coup for him,” a friend who spoke with the former president several times told The Post, speaking on condition of anonymity.
Trump believed the raid would rally Republicans around him, the report said, and build more support for a potential presidential bid in 2024.
While Republicans initially spoke out strongly against the raid, their public support waned when unsealed records on Friday revealed that the FBI had seized 11 sets of classified documents from Mar-a-Lago. The Washington Post reported that the bureau requested classified documents related to nuclear weapons.
Reports suggest Republicans are now scrambling to respond to the revelations, and some Trump allies are beginning to distance themselves.
Some Republicans have acknowledged that it would be worrisome if Trump withheld information about nuclear weapons.
According to CBS reporter Scott MacFarlane.
After this shift in support, Trump’s mood has turned dark at times, The Post reported, according to people who had been around him.
Despite this, many of Trump’s staunchest allies, such as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, have strongly supported him.
Trump supporters across the US have continued to back him, with users of his Truth Social platform calling for civil war and advocating violence against the FBI, NBC reported.
On Saturday, armed supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
The Justice Department raided Trump’s Florida residence to investigate whether he broke three laws, including the Espionage Act, by taking government records.
Trump’s defense of the records found at Mar-a-Lago has continued to change. He has falsely suggested that evidence was planted, falsely accused former President Barack Obama of doing the same, and claimed that documents he obtained were automatically declassified.