About an hour ago the FBI raided a Republican Party fundraising firm in Annapolis Maryland, and sources are saying that it’s just the first of many warrants now underway in the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump (link). If you’re looking for a hint as to what the Annapolis raid is focused on, you may need look no further than the FBI’s own official verified Twitter account.
At what appears to have been nearly the exact same time FBI agents began carrying out the Annapolis raid, the official @FBI Twitter account posted the following tweet: “Asset forfeiture is used to disrupt, dismantle & deter those who prey on the vulnerable for financial gain” (link). In general terms, RICO laws are typically used to crack down on money laundering and carry out asset forfeiture of those associated with organized financial crimes. If you’re unwilling to believe the timing of this tweet was a coincidence, then the FBI just sent a rather thinly veiled message.
Palmer Report has previously reported that one of the FBI’s cases focused on Donald Trump is a RICO case against Trump and his Russian financial associates (link). So if today’s action is indeed the FBI’s response to Trump’s abrupt firing of FBI Director James Comey, then it stands to reason that the Republican firm raided today is suspected of being tied to Trump and money laundering – although to be clear the FBI has made no official statement about the raid beyond its cryptic tweet.
Details are still coming in fast and furious, and there a lot of dots to connect. But the FBI seems to be using its Twitter account to send a message about today’s raid. And if this raid is part of the Trump investigation, then the FBI’s tweet just signaled that it is indeed targeting him and his associates on RICO, money laundering, asset forfeiture, and the like. Stay tuned. Help fund Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report