Jared Kushner said the Mar-a-Lago raid was a mistake by Trump's enemies. He spoke after rampant speculation arose that he may have tipped off the FBI.

Jared Kushner speaking on Fox News on August 21, 2022
Jared Kushner speaking on Fox News on Sunday.Fox News
  • Jared Kushner was interviewed for the first time since the August 8 Mar-a-Lago raid.

  • He called the raid a "cause for concern" for democracy, blaming Trump's "enemies."

  • Those around Trump are said to suspect a family member — perhaps Kushner — tipped off the FBI.

Jared Kushner spoke about the Mar-a-Lago raid for the first time Sunday after widespread speculation arose that he could have been a mole to the FBI.

Speaking with Mark Levin, Kushner described the FBI's actions as part of a long-standing playbook against former President Donald Trump by his "enemies," saying scrutiny of Trump was a result of him being "a fighter."

The assertion contradicts the Department of Justice's stated reason for carrying out that raid: that Trump wrongly possessed classified documents and may have committed several crimes.

Kushner said Trump "drives his enemies so crazy, they always overpursue him and make mistakes in trying to get him, and that's basically what happened here."

He added: "But what's happening now, it's the same thing, being done by the same people in the same way. They're leaking to the same sources. They're manufacturing fabulous claims that get debunked shortly thereafter."

In the interview, Kushner did not object to Levin calling the raid a "despicable attack."

Kushner said: "It is giving a lot of people who want to believe in the fairness of the judicial system and our democracy a lot of pause and concern."

The Biden administration says it was unaware of the raid, which was personally approved by the attorney general, before it happened. Its warrant was signed off by a judge.

Levin focused on lavishing praise on the former president and admonishing the feds for searching his home.

He did not ask Kushner whether there had been a Trumpworld informant who tipped off the FBI about what to look for and where.

That's the suspicion some of Trump's allies raised soon after the raid, Axios reported, citing anonymous sources. Trump maintains that he has always cooperated with the agency's requests.

Other sources told Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal that someone close to Trump had even guided the feds to the exact location of the documents.

Mick Mulvaney, Trump's former acting White House chief of staff, said the informant would've had to be one of "six to eight people" in Trump's inner circle — a grouping likely to include Kushner.

Mulvaney said that, even as part of Trump's inner circle, he had been unaware of the existence of the safe where FBI agents found some documents.

Trump's niece Mary, a longtime harsh critic of her uncle, also suggested Kushner could be responsible, as did his lawyer turned enemy Michael Cohen in an interview with Insider's Natalie Musumeci.

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