Trump: “Mar-a-Lago home under siege, raided by FBI”

MIAMI – On Monday afternoon, former President Donald Trump stated that his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach was being raided by the FBI.

Two sources confirmed to CBS News that the motion was linked to White House information. 

In February, the National Archives requested the Justice Department to analyze Trump’s dealing with of White House information. The National Archives stated in February that among the paperwork Trump turned over to them had been ripped up and taped again collectively, and that labeled supplies had been discovered amid 15 bins of information it retrieved from Mar-a-Lago in January.

On Monday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman released images from her upcoming e-book that appeared to point out at the very least two cases the place Trump tried to flush paperwork down the bathroom.

Here is a part of what the previous president needed to say in a written assertion, which was launched simply earlier than 7 p.m.: 

“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”

“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”

“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries.”

“Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”

Under the Presidential Records Act, paperwork acquired and despatched by the president are required to be preserved by the office.   

CBS4 has discovered Trump was in New York and never at his Palm Beach property whereas the search was being carried out.

On Monday night, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis tweeted: “The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves. Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”

Florida US Senator Marco Rubio additionally tweeted his response by saying, “Using government power to persecute political opponents is something we have seen many times from 3rd world Marxist dictatorships But never before in America.”

The execution of the search warrant, which the FBI and Justice Department didn’t instantly verify, marks a dramatic escalation in legislation enforcement scrutiny of Trump and comes as he has been laying the groundwork to make one other bid for president. 

Though a search warrant doesn’t counsel that legal fees are close to and even anticipated, federal officers seeking to receive one should show that they’ve possible trigger {that a} crime occurred.

Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to touch upon the search, together with about whether or not Attorney General Merrick Garland had personally licensed the search.

An individual acquainted with the matter, who spoke on situation of anonymity to debate an ongoing investigation, stated the search occurred earlier Monday and brokers had been additionally seeking to see if Trump had further presidential information or any labeled paperwork on the property.

The Justice Department has been investigating the presence of labeled information inside 15 bins that had been retrieved from Mar-a-Lago by the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year. The Archives then referred the matter to the Justice Department.

Federal legislation bars the elimination of labeled paperwork to unauthorized places, although it’s doable that Trump may attempt to argue that, as president, he was the last word declassification authority.

There are a number of statutes governing labeled data, together with a legislation punishable by as much as 5 years in jail that makes it against the law to take away such information and retain them at an unauthorized location. Another statute makes it against the law to mishandle labeled information both deliberately or in a grossly negligent method.

The probe is hardly the one authorized headache confronting Trump. A separate investigation associated to efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the outcomes of the 2020 presidential election and the Jan. 6, 2021, riot on the U.S. Capitol has additionally been intensifying in Washington.

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