The FBI was tipped off by an informer close to Trump who guided agents to where documents were kept, reports say

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An informant reportedly told authorities Mar-a-Lago had documents the FBI was looking for.
Sources told Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal the person also told investigators where to look.
The search of Donald Trump's Florida home has provoked a backlash that the FBI appears to have been trying to avoid.
Sources told both Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal that an informant tipped authorities that classified government documents may have been improperly stored at Mar-a-Lago.
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On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at former US President Donald Trump's home in Palm Beach, Florida.
And while the FBI and Justice Department have remained silent on the reason for the raid, numerous media outlets and the former president's son, Eric Trump, have suggested it was due to material Trump took from the White House that could be infringing the Presidential Records Act.
In February, the National Archives took 15 boxes of documents from Mar-a-Lago and asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump broke the law in handling those documents.
Newsweek said it spoke to two senior government officials who were aware of the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid, who said an individual told law enforcement that Trump still had certain documents in his possession. The person is also said to have determined exactly where the documents were located.
Newsweek's sources also said the raid should take place during Trump's absence to avoid giving the former president a photo op and to lower the profile of the raid. A Newsweek source, an unnamed senior Justice Department official, described the plan as a "spectacular failure" as the crackdown sparked a backlash from Trump supporters.
Newsweek's report was corroborated by reports in the Journal.
The Journal said it spoke to anonymous sources familiar with the matter, who said a person who knew where the papers are kept contacted investigators. According to the Journal, this person told investigators that Mar-a-Lago contained classified documents beyond the 15 boxes the National Archives retrieved from Trump's apartment in February.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The idea that investigators might have been tipped off sent Trumpworld into a tailspin. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, for example, fumed about an "FBI whistleblower in Mar-a-Lago" during a livestream Wednesday.
Axios reported that Trump allies believed someone may have "turned around" and given information about Trump to the FBI.
It was reported that people close to Trump were paranoid after the raid.
Rolling Stone, also citing anonymous sources close to Trump, reported that the former president and his advisers were desperate to root out this person, with Trump allegedly concerned that Republicans and those close to him might be carrying cables.
He asked his close associates if they thought he was being monitored by the authorities, the report said.
A source told Rolling Stone, "He asked me and others, 'Do you think our phones are bugged?'
"Given the sheer volume of investigations underway against the (former) President, I don't think he thinks anything is out of the realm of possibility."
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