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- Ex-President Trump stated on Monday that FBI investigators raided his Mar-a-Lago house and broke into his safe as part of an investigation into Trump’s removal of official presidential papers from the Palm Beach, Florida club.
Ex-President Trump stated on Monday that FBI investigators raided his Mar-a-Lago house and broke into his safe as part of an investigation into Trump’s removal of official presidential papers from the Palm Beach, Florida club.
There was no confirmation from the Justice Department on Trump’s claim that the raid was carried out by a “big squad of FBI agents.” Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) headquarters in Washington DC and its field office in Miami refused to comment.
Two sources familiar with the probe tell The New York Times that the search appears to be focused on boxes of documents that Trump transported from the White House to his Florida club.
According to Trump, the home is “now under siege, invaded, and occupied.” For what reason, exactly, was the raid carried out?
“This unexpected raid on my house was not necessary or proper,” Trump stated, adding, “They even smashed into my safe!” after working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies.
There was no sign of Trump on his property when the operation took place, according to CNN, and the FBI entered after executing a search warrant. The search, according to unnamed officials quoted by CNN, was linked to secret documents.
To take advantage of Mar-a-seasonal Lago’s closure in May, Trump has been making it his permanent residence in Palm Beach since he left office as President of the United States in January 2021.
It was revealed in April that the Justice Department had begun an inquiry into Trump’s relocation of records to his Florida resort, according to a source who was familiar with the probe.
In February, the US National Archives and Records Administration alerted Congress that it had collected approximately 15 boxes of White House records from Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified data. This inquiry followed.
The House Oversight Committee indicated at the time that it was broadening its inquiry into Trump’s activities and requested that the Archives provide further evidence.
Trump has previously indicated that he has agreed to handover certain papers to the Archives, calling it “an regular and routine process.”
Former President Trump is already dealing with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol by Trump supporters and charges that Trump tried to influence Georgia’s 2020 election results. The purported raid would add to Trump’s legal problems.
As a result, the US Attorney for the District of Columbia is investigating a failed attempt to invalidate the 2020 presidential election by Trump’s allies.