The former president of the United States has claimed that the FBI “raided” his Florida house and broke open a safe.
A “big group of FBI officers” had taken over Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Trump stated in a statement.
The search was apparently part of a probe into Trump’s handling of official documents, according to media reports.
According to rumors in the US media, the president may have taken documents with him when he left the White House and went to Mar-a-Lago.
Lawyer Christina Bobb confirmed to NBC News that some documents had been confiscated during the investigation of Mr Trump’s properties.
Mr. Trump has seen a dramatic increase in law enforcement surveillance as he prepares for a possible third presidential bid in 2024.
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President Trump is being investigated by the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
“These are dark days for our country,” Mr. Trump began his address.
He said that the “unannounced raid on my residence was not necessary or appropriate” because he had cooperated with all relevant government authorities.
According to Trump, this was a case of “prosecutorial misconduct” and “the weaponization of the Justice System.”
That kind of attack could only happen in a country as shattered as Haiti, he explained. As a result, America has now joined the ranks of those nations with levels of corruption that haven’t been witnessed in the past.
Somehow, they managed to get into my safe as well.
Mr Trump was in Trump Tower at the time of the alleged raid, according to CBS News, the BBC’s American partner.
According to Eric Trump, the president’s second-oldest son, a probe into the handling of National Archives information led to the FBI executing a search warrant at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, as reported by Fox News.
An investigation of Trump’s handling of official documents was requested by the National Archives, the US government organization responsible for their preservation.
15 boxes have been taken from Mar-a-Lago, according to the National Archives.
The National Archives receives all correspondence, work documents, and emails from US presidents.
The previous president, though, is accused of illegally destroying countless records.
According to the Archives, several of them needed to be taped back together. When rumors surfaced that he had mishandled government papers, Mr. Trump dismissed them as “fake news.”
According to a senior Trump aide in Palm Beach, the federal officials who searched Mar-a-Lago were looking for records related to the presidency.
According to a Trump source who spoke anonymously, “This is about the PRA [Presidential Records Act].
“When did you last hear about a PRA raid?”
As the insider put it, “They [the FBI] just left and they departed with very little.”
Only a judge’s signature can be found on a federal search warrant. Evidence that the search is likely to uncover illicit activity is required by law enforcement agencies.
At around 10:00 (14:00 GMT), an unnamed law enforcement official informed CBS that agents guarding President Trump were alerted and assisted FBI investigators in serving the request.
An insider added that a few boxes were taken away and that no doors were kicked down during the late-afternoon raid.
New York Times journalist Maggie Haberman will report in her upcoming book, Confidence Man, that personnel at the White House residency noticed wads of paper clogging a toilet, and they assumed Mr Trump was the flusher.
Haberman claims to have images showing toilet paper in the White House’s bowl.
There was no advance warning of the FBI’s raid on President Trump’s residence, an administration official tells CBS.
The senior officer, who was not authorized to comment publicly about the topic, stated that he had no prior knowledge of the situation. There are those who learned from traditional media and those who learned from social media.
The White House of US President Joe Biden has stated that it is restricting its interactions with top Justice Department officials in order to prevent the appearance of political pressure or wrongdoing..
During his White House campaign, Vice President Biden said he would not become involved in Justice Department matters. The president and his family are also waiting to learn if federal prosecutors would indict his son, Hunter Biden, on tax evasion or any other federal offenses..
Additionally, a select committee of the US House of Representatives is looking into Mr. Trump’s role in the US Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters disrupted a meeting to confirm Mr. Biden’s election victory as president-elect.
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