Trump says Mar-a-Lago was “raided” by FBI

Trump says Mar-a-Lago was “raided” by FBI


Former President Donald Trump stated Monday that Mar-a-Lago, the Florida membership that’s his major residence, is “currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” Sources inform CBS News the search is related to a Justice Department investigation of claims by the National Archives that it discovered 15 packing containers of information together with categorised materials at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” Trump stated in an announcement. “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”  

Trump stated, “they even broke into my safe!” A supply near Trump confirmed to CBS News that the previous president was not at Mar-a-Lago on Monday.

In February, the National Archives requested the Justice Department to research Trump’s dealing with of White House information. The National Archives stated a few of the paperwork Trump turned over to them had been ripped up and taped again collectively.

On Monday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman released photographs from her upcoming ebook that appeared to indicate no less than two situations the place Trump tried to flush paperwork down the bathroom.

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

Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida on November 22, 2018.

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The Justice Department and the FBI declined to remark.

Trump in his assertion referred to as the raid an “attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.”

A senior Trump supply claimed it was “expressly political.” 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy tweeted an announcement Monday evening saying that if the Republicans take again the House in November, “we will conduct immediate overisght of this department, follow the facts and leave no stone unturned.” 

Trump spoke over the weekend on the CPAC conference in Dallas, the place he repeated the false declare that he gained the 2020 election and stated “now we may have to do it again,” alluding to a 2024 run. He has been lively in holding rallies for his endorsed candidates within the 2022 midterm primaries. 

At the top of his assertion Monday, Trump referred to as for donations to his “Save America” PAC.

A senior White House official tells CBS News the West Wing was given no superior heads-up of the FBI search on former President Trump’s Florida house.

“No advance knowledge — some (in the White House) learned from old media, some from social media,” stated the senior official, who was not approved to talk publicly in regards to the matter. 

The Biden White House has gone to nice lengths to restrict the president and senior officers’ interactions with high Justice Department officers to keep away from any trace of political stress or impropriety. 

There are a number of investigations recognized to be underway into the previous president, though a civil probe by New York Attorney General Letitia James into the Trump Organization and an inquiry in Fulton County, Georgia into whether or not Trump and his allies interfered within the 2020 election would possible not require involvement from federal authorities.

Following the House Jan. 6 committee’s blockbuster public hearings this summer time, the Justice Department started an investigation right into a scheme by Trump allies to place up phony electors in seven battleground states that President Joe Biden gained.

Arden Farhi, Jeff Pegues, Andres Triay, Ed O’Keefe and Fin Gómez contributed to this report.

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