FACT CHECK: Did Ron DeSantis Have Advance Knowledge Of The Mar-A-Lago Raid?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis had advanced knowledge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) August 2022 raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence supporting the claim.

Fact Check:

FBI agents argued with Department of Justice (DOJ) prosecutors for months about how they should recover classified documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, according to The Washington Post. The revelation comes as top lawmakers were briefed on investigations regarding classified documents involving Trump, President Joe Biden, and former Vice President Mike Pence this week, The Associated Press reported.

The Facebook post purports DeSantis had advanced knowledge of the FBI’s Aug. 8, 2022 raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. The post further claims DeSantis had allegedly been texted by Attorney General Merrick Garland three hours before the raid as a heads-up, according to the post.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting DeSantis had advanced knowledge of the FBI’s Aug. 8, 2022 raid on Mar-a-Lago. Likewise, no mention of the claim appears on the Republican governor’s website or his verified social media accounts. In addition, the DOJ has not publicly addressed the purported claim.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Mar. 3 article published on the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.”

The Aug. 8, 2022 FBI raid of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate involved his alleged removal of classified documents from the White House following the end of his presidency, Reuters reported. (Were Two Mar-A-Lago Spies Sent To A Marine Corps Base In Guam?)

Check Your Fact has contacted a DeSantis spokesperson for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter