The FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago compound

The FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago compound

Former President Donald Trump declined to say why FBI agents came to Mar-a-Lago, but he said the drop-ins were unannounced.

Thus, “They even broke into my safe. “My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, searched and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Donald Trump said.

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump later commented in a statement to the media.

“These are dark times for our nation,” Trump began his statement, accusing prosecutors of “misconduct” and using the justice system against him to prevent him from running for the White House again.

Donald Trump was not at home at the time of the raid

According to CNN, the former president was not in Florida at the time of the raid, which began early Monday morning.

After leaving the White House in January 2021, Donald Trump turned his Palm Beach club into a residence, but he generally spends his summers at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, as the Mar-a- Lago usually closes in May for the summer.

Specifically, on Monday, at the time of the searches in Florida, Trump was in New York, in the Trump Tower building, according to CNN.

Law enforcement officials who came to Mar-a-Lago appeared to focus on the area of ​​the club, where Trump’s offices and personal suite are located, according to a person familiar with the matter, cited by CNN.

The Justice Department declined to comment, as did the White House. A White House official said she had not been notified of the FBI raid.

About this, CNN states that it has also contacted the FBI for comments, but has not yet received a response.

Donald Trump allegedly took home classified presidential documents

In the political-legal context, these searches take place as the US Department of Justice has opened a preliminary investigation into the fact that Donald Trump allegedly took official presidential documents to his property in Palm Beach, according to Reuters.

In February, the US National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified material.

For his part, Donald Trump specified that he agreed to return certain documents to the Archives, calling this “a regular and routine process.”

And the US House Oversight Committee announced at the time that it would expand an investigation into Trump’s actions as president and asked the Archives to provide additional information. Congress is already investigating Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 riots at the Capitol.

Such action as the one taken by the FBI at Trump’s residence on Monday requires validation by a court and is highly unusual for a former president. It represents a turning point in the strained relationship Donald Trump has had with the Justice Department both during his tenure and outside the White House, The Washington Post notes.

The current head of the FBI, Christopher Wray, was appointed to this position in 2017 by Donald Trump. He fired former FBI Director James Comey, who was investigating whether any Trump campaign advisers colluded with Russian agents to influence the 2016 election.