Trump slams DOJ after unsealed court docs show FBI authorized use of deadly force in raid on home

The bureau says that this policy is standard operating procedure to outline limits to the use of force.

Published: May 21, 2024 6:28pm

Updated: May 21, 2024 9:15pm

Former President Trump on Tuesday fumed after newly unsealed court documents suggested the FBI authorized the use of deadly force during its search of Mar-a-Lago for classified documents last year. However, the FBI said it is standard protocol for all search warrants which outlines limits to the use of force. 

"WOW! I just came out of the Biden Witch Hunt Trial in Manhattan, the "Icebox," and was shown Reports that Crooked Joe Biden's DOJ, in their Illegal and UnConstitutional Raid of Mar-a-Lago, AUTHORIZED THE FBI TO USE DEADLY (LETHAL) FORCE," Trump posted to Truth Social. "NOW WE KNOW, FOR SURE, THAT JOE BIDEN IS A SERIOUS THREAT TO DEMOCRACY. HE IS MENTALLY UNFIT TO HOLD OFFICE - 25TH AMENDMENT!"

The "Operations Order" which detailed the FBI's use of force policy was unsealed in Trump's classified documents case in the Southern District of Florida. 

The policy said "Law Enforcement officers of the Department of Justice may use deadly force when necessary..." according to the filing. 

You can read the filing below: 

"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. No one ordered additional steps to be taken and there was no departure from the norm in this matter," the FBI told Just the News in a statement Tuesday. 

However, former FBI agent turned whistleblower Kyle Seraphin cautioned against putting stock into the inclusion of the policy in the operations order, explaining that it is part of standard operating procedure. 

"My team briefed the DOJ deadly force policy DAILY before each of our surveillance missions," he posted to X after the news broke. "Reason: CYA. The policy is always the same and always in effect. But should a shooting happen, it is preferable to say the last time it was briefed was the same day of the shooting," he explained. 

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