Lara Trump incorrectly claims that Donald Trump had 'every authority' to take documents from White House

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Former President Donald Trump’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump appeared Monday on Tucker Carlson Tonight, where she spoke to guest host Will Cain about the FBI raid on her father-in-law’s Florida residence at his Mar-a-Lago resort. Agents were reportedly searching for highly classified documents the former president allegedly took with him when he left the White House.

“Have you spoken to the former president?” Cain asked. “How is he doing? What is the attitude of the family?” “I have spoken to my father-in-law,” Trump answered, “and I gotta tell you, you know, he’s as shocked as anybody.”

The National Archives retrieved 15 boxes of materials from Mar-a-Lago in February; however, that wasn’t everything the former president had taken, despite Lara Trump’s claim of cooperation. Investigators have been to Mar-a-Lago in the months since those 15 boxes were retrieved, in an attempt to get the rest of the materials.

“The bottom line here is that these documents that have been in question have been — everybody’s been cooperating,” Lara Trump said. “Everybody from my father-in-law’s team has been cooperating with the FBI, with any authority that asks for anything up until now.”

Trump went on to incorrectly state that the former president had the authority to take the classified documents to his home. In doing so, he violated the Presidential Records Act, passed in response to the Nixon Watergate scandal.

“My father-in-law, as anybody knows who’s been around him a lot, loves to save things like newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, photographs, documents that he had every authority, Will, to take from the White House,” she said. “And again, he’s been cooperating every single step of the way.”

Tucker Carlson Tonight airs weeknights at 8 p.m. on Fox News Channel.

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