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Meet the little-known Florida blogger who unwittingly defeated Trump's Mar-a-Lago raid

JShortly after 6:30 pm on Monday night, Peter Schorsch, publisher of, posted the biggest news scoop of the year. did.

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation today executed a search warrant inMar-a-Lago, two sources confirm to Florida Politics," he posted. did.

"I don't know what the search warrant is about. TBH, I'm not a strong enough reporter to hunt this down, but it's true.

Mar-a-Lago News of being the subject of an FBI search warrant quickly exploded on cable television and national news sites, and was confirmed by President Donald Trump in a statement issued minutes later. 17}

This was a huge success for a little-known digital news platform that ran stories about school board elections and state farm board elections.

Recalling how he got the article, Mr. Shosh wrote to theIndependent from an old friend in Florida politics that he was sitting on the "Yuge" article. He said it started when he received a text saying he was there. He deliberately adopted the ex-president's speaking style.

Scoop — The Federal Bureau of Investigation @FBI executed a search warrant in Mar Arago today, two sources said @Fla_Pol

"They just left," said one source.

I don't know what the search warrant is about.

TBH, I'm not a strong enough reporter to hunt this down, but it's real.

— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) Aug 8, 2022

I was stuck, and I was like, 'Is this going to be the kind of thing Donald Trump talks about at the car wash?

Mr. Scholsch called the source and caught up with the gossip for about 20 minutes before the contact casually dropped the bomb: FBI agents were in Mar-a-Lago.

" I thought, 'Wait, we've been talking for 20 minutes and you just mentioned this.'"

I called my senior contact.

"I said, 'You don't like this, but the FBI are raiding Mar-a-Lago.' funder Peter Schorsch used his sources to scoop up stories of the Mar-a-Lago attack in national newspapers

( (Courtesy of Peter Schorsch)

A few minutes later, a source called me and said, "They just left."

"I knew I had the scoop at this point, but I wanted to make sure it didn't die," Scholsch told The Independent.

"I was at the top of the diving board and just wanted to make sure there were no problems landing."

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To keep the story from getting lost in the social media maelstrom, he reached out to some veteran reporter friends, alerted them, and tweeted to 46,000 people. follower.

The tweet went viral, and within minutes breaking news alerts and cable news his Cylon began popping up.

Realizing that incoming traffic was headed for him, he contacted his internet provider to add capacity so that the website would not crash at the best of times.

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He said that major news outlets such as CNN, Associated Press, New York Times responded to his tweet by saying: I was encouraged to see him speak back.

When inquiries from the media started pouring in, Mr. Shosh said he had to turn down several requests to make appearances on the news. Better Call Saul

``I need priorities.

Former political operative Mr. Shorsch says he started the blog as a way to share gossip and navigate clients in the turbulent world of Florida politics.

Ten years before he founded the nonpartisan He Florida Politics, he has since grown the "Mom and Pop" organization into an active digital news site.

Based in St. Petersburg, he works up to 18 hours a day, employs 17 reporters, devotes himself to state and local political elections, campaigns and pranks, and reports about 40 to 40 daily. We have published 50 articles.

About some of the world's most costly local election campaigns, which often cost millions of dollars to statewide election campaigns, Shosh told The Independent : He said there is no shortage of news to follow.

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Shosh said the raid added an interesting twist to the battle between Trump and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis for the 2024 Republican nomination.

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"It's the most fascinating dynamic in US politics right now." and called the raid "an escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies."

But Ms Scholls says this could be a ruse by the governor to keep Mr Trump on edge.

And he suspects Trump will turn seemingly bad news to his advantage, as he has done so many times before.

“I think Trump is very angry this morning. I hate to say it, but he has the power to turn bad things into good things.