Media Tip Sheet: FBI Searches Trump's Mar-a-Lago Residence

August 9, 2022

The FBI searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in Florida Monday, as part of investigations into the handling of presidential documents and materials Trump may have brought with him when he left the White House. Many Republicans have since denounced the move, vowing to investigate the Justice Department.

Faculty experts at the George Washington University are available to offer insight, analysis and commentary. If you would like to schedule an interview, please contact the GW Media Relations Office at [email protected].

Todd Belt, professor and Political Management program director at the GW Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM), is an expert on the presidency who can cover the political fallout from the FBI’s search.

Michael Cornfield, an associate professor at GSPM, is a prominent specialist on political rhetoric who can analyze the reaction to the raid from conservative political figures and media personalities. He can also provide general political commentary on the situation.

Matt Dallek is a professor at GSPM and a political historian who can place this event in historical context. He has closely studied presidential scandals and has previously written about the pros and cons of prosecuting former president Trump.

Stephen Saltzburg is a professor of law and former Justice Department official. He is available to talk about the legal implications of the FBI’s search warrant.

Randall Eliason is a professorial lecturer in law at GW Law and is an expert on white collar crime. He spent 12 years as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia, working in various areas including misdemeanors, grand jury, narcotics, general felonies, and the Violent Crime Unit.