Miami – Former President Donald Trump said Monday that the FBI had “raided” his home in Mar-a-Lago, Florida and even broke into his safe, a person familiar with the matter said. The source told NBC News that the search was linked to classified information. He reportedly took her from the White House to his Palm Beach resort in January 2021.
Trump also claimed in a written statement that the discovery – unprecedented in US history – was politically motivated, though he did not provide details.
Trump said in a lengthy emailed statement, “This is a dark time for our nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raids and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” has been taken.” His save was issued by the America Political Committee.
“Having worked and cooperating with relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said, before lamenting: “They broke my safe too!”
Trump’s attorney Christina Bob, who said she was present for Monday’s search, told NBC News that Trump and his team are “cooperating with FBI and DOJ officials every step of the way,” adding that the bureau “An unannounced raid and confiscated paper.”
A senior government official told NBC News that the FBI was at Mar-a-Lago “for most of the day” and confirmed the search warrant was attached to the National Archives.
Trump this year had to return 15 boxes that were improperly taken from the White House, the National Archives and Records Administration, or NARA, it said in February.
“In mid-January 2022, NARA arranged transportation of 15 boxes from the Trump Mar-a-Lago property in Florida to the National Archives, which contained presidential records, in 2021 after discussions with President Trump’s representatives,” National Archives said. A statement February 7.
That same month, the National Archives and Records Administration asked the Justice Department to investigate whether Trump’s handling of White House records violated federal law, a story first reported by The Washington Post and later by The Washington Post. was confirmed by NBC News sources.
The New York Times first reported the FBI’s focus on National Archives material on Monday.
According to a Secret Service official, just hours before agents searched Trump’s residence, the FBI informed the Secret Service of the bureau’s plans to execute the warrant. The Secret Service facilitated access to the property, the official said, but did not participate in any aspect of the search.
At Justice Department Headquarters, a spokesman declined to comment. Officials from the FBI’s regional offices in Washington and Miami also declined to comment.
A senior law enforcement official in Florida confirmed there was “law enforcement activity” at Mar-a-Largo on Monday.
The White House said no head was given to him.
“We were not informed of the reported action and we will refer you to the Justice Department for any additional information,” a White House official said.