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On Monday, the FBI executed a search warrant at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida to investigate the handling of presidential documents.
According to CNN, the investigation includes confidential documents that may have been brought to the area, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Trump confirms the presence of the FBI
The former US president’s social media confirmed that “a large group” of federal agents broke into his Florida residence in an “unannounced raid.”
Trump also said: “They also broke into my safe.”
“My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” he shared in a statement.
“These are dark times for our nation. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
Trump was not present when the officers arrived and was seen exiting Trump Tower in New York City.
The Department of Justice
The decision to raid a former president’s home raises the Justice Department’s stakes.
The crackdown also comes at the start of Trump’s legal troubles, which are piling up on multiple fronts.
Trump is expected to announce that he will launch another bid for the 2024 White House in a few months.
It is now known that the Department of Justice has two active investigations related to the former president: one on the attempts to cancel the presidential elections of 2020 and January 6, 2021, and the other on the treatment of classified documents.
The FBI search began early Monday morning, with law enforcement focused on searching Trump’s offices and personal quarters.
The search involved investigating where the documents were kept and where the boxes of the items had been taken.
The FBI had to verify Monday that nothing was left behind.
Eric Trump, the former president’s son, told Fox host Sean Hannity that the raid was carried out “because the National Archives wanted to, you know, corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession.”
Meanwhile, Trump’s attorney Christina Bobb said the FBI seized the documents.
“President Trump and his legal team have been cooperative with FBI and DOJ officials every step of the way,” Bobb said.
“The FBI did conduct an unannounced raid and seized paper.”
Trump supporters speak up about the situation
The search news sparked a reaction from Trump supporters as a group gathered outside Mar-A-Lago to wave flags and express their anger. Kevin McCarthy, Republican Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, said:
“I’ve seen enough. The Department of Justice has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”
Florida Senator Marco Rubio took to Twitter to express himself.
“Using government power to persecute political opponents is something we have seen many times from 3rd world Marxist dictatorships,” he tweeted.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump said he had worked with all relevant government agencies and said the raid on his home was “not necessary or appropriate.”
The former president said it was “prosecutorial misconduct” adding that “weaponization of the justice system” was intended to prevent him from running for the White House again.
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World countries,” Trump said.
“Sadly, America has not become one of those countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe.”