WASHINGTON (TND) — Following the FBI's raid on his Mar-a-Lago estate, former President Donald Trump is receiving record-breaking campaign support, according to his son Eric.
On Tuesday morning, just a day after the FBI executed a search warrant at Trump's well-known Florida resort, Eric Trump tweeted that his father's website DonaldJTrump.com was experiencing an incredible influx of donations.
Breaking: DonaldJTrump.com is shattering all fundraising records and I’m told has raised more money in the past 24 hours than ever before in recent history!" Trump's son announced on Twitter. "The American people are pissed!"
Between April and June, Trump's political committees raised around $18 million, according to a Reuters report, which added that this amount was about $2 million less than the previous three months and possibly suggested a decline in the former president's influence.
However, some campaign finance experts predict, perhaps correctly, that the FBI's raid of Mar-a-Lago will reinvigorate Trump's fundraising efforts.
It’s safe to say [the Mar-a-Lago raid] will be used as fundraising tool and useful for fundraising messaging,” Sheila Krumholz, executive director of research and government transparency group Open Secrets, told The Guardian. “Every ask has some level of response, so it stands to reason that such an unusual and unprecedented search would be compelling for Trump’s base."
Trump himself confirmed on Monday the unannounced raid took place, but did not elaborate as to why the FBI was searching his resort.
These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents," Trump said in a statement. "Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before."
After working and cooperating with relevant government agencies, this announced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate," Trump said. "Sadly, America has now become one of those countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe!"
The National Archives and Records Administration reportedly referred a discovery of classified information at Mar-a-Lago to the U.S. Justice Department. The records administration claimed it had found 15 boxes of classified material at the resort.
The National Desk previously reported that federal law prohibits the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations. Multiple statutes reportedly govern classified information, with one law making it a crime to remove such records and retain them at unauthorized locations. Violations of that law are punishable by up to five years in prison.
Republicans and Trump supporters were angered by the FBI raid, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy claiming the Department of Justice was now in "an intolerable state of weaponized politicization."
Trump isn't the only one fundraising in the wake of the FBI raid. Hillary Clinton pushed a line of her own merchandise shortly after the raid, including hats and shirts that had the words "But Her Emails" on them.
Sales from Clinton's merchandise benefit an American political action organization (PAC) founded by Clinton in 2017 called "Onward Together." The PAC was created to fundraise for progressive political groups.