Former U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that his Mar-a-Lago club residence in Florida was raided by a “large group” of FBI agents.
in a statement post on twitter Trump said through a subsidiary account that his Florida residence is “currently being surrounded, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
He added that since he had been “cooperating and cooperating” with the relevant government authorities, there was “no need or inappropriate raiding”, although he did not specify what the subject was. “They even broke into my safe!” Trump wrote.
The Justice Department declined to comment. If confirmed, the FBI search would represent an important step for U.S. authorities in scrutinizing the former president’s conduct.
US media widely reported that the move was related to 15 boxes of classified documents from his time at the White House, including some marked “top secret”, previously found at his home in Florida.
A search of the former U.S. president’s residence must be authorized by a judge and likely to be approved by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including Attorney General Merrick Garland.
In February, Garland told reporters that the National Archives informed the Justice Department about classified Mar-a-Lago material, adding: “In this case, we’re going to do what we’ve always been doing: look at the facts and the law, and take it from there.”
trump cardAhead of his announcement of the FBI action, he faced mounting pressure as he sought to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, which he lost to Joe Biden and a Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol days before the transfer. Powers of day raids.
At the same time, Trump is also considering a bid for re-election in 2024. He remains firmly in control of the Republican Party’s conservative base, making him a natural favorite in his party’s primary nomination.
But some Republicans have been looking for alternative candidates, such as Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis or former Vice President Mike Pence, arguing that Trump could be a toxic pick in the general election given his four-year administration Years of chaos and his denial of the 2020 poll results.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on Trump’s announcement of the raid.