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FBI Responds to Claims of Authorization to Use Force in Mar-a-Lago Search

In response to recent allegations, the FBI has clarified its position regarding the use of deadly force during the search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in 2022. The Bureau stated that it adhered strictly to standard protocols and policies throughout the operation.





"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 FBI announced. "No one ordered additional steps to be taken, and there was no departure from the norm in this matter."

This statement follows President Trump's recent post on his Truth Social platform, where he claimed that the Department of Justice (DOJ) had authorized the FBI to use lethal force. Trump's assertion was based on newly unsealed court documents that indicated FBI and DOJ agents were prepared for potential resistance from U.S. Secret Service agents during the Mar-a-Lago search.


The court documents, which highlighted the FBI's readiness to handle any interference from the Secret Service, included names and positions of certain individuals, though these were redacted. The documents also reiterated a standard policy on the use of deadly force, stating, "Law enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force only when necessary, that is, when the officer has a reasonable belief that the subject of such force poses an imminent danger of death or serious physical injury to the officer or to another person."


The FBI's response aims to quell concerns and clarify the procedures followed during the high-profile search. The Bureau emphasized that its agents acted within the bounds of established guidelines, ensuring that no extraordinary measures were employed beyond those permitted under typical operational protocols.


As the situation develops, scrutiny continues over the actions taken during the search, with various parties closely examining the legal and procedural aspects of the operation. However, the FBI maintains that its conduct was in line with standard law enforcement practices, reinforcing its commitment to procedural integrity and public safety.

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