Bright Times News: Donald Trump, a former US president, said that FBI agents smashed into his safe during a Monday raid at his Mar-a-Lago estate. The raid may have been related to a US Justice Department inquiry into Trump’s transfer of official presidential papers from a Florida club.
One of many probes Trump is facing from his time in office and in a private company, the record-breaking search of the former president’s residence will signal a substantial uptick in the inquiry.
The operation, which Trump said involved “a large group of FBI officers,” was not discussed by the Justice Department. The FBI’s regional office in Miami and its Washington headquarters both declined to comment.
The New York Times, which relied on two unidentified sources familiar with the investigation, claimed that the search was associated with boxes of files that Trump had brought with him from the White House to the Florida club.
The property is “now under siege, raids, and possession,” according to Trump. He omitted to explain the purpose of the raid.
Trump said that “after working and communicating with relevant federal agencies, this unexpected raid on my property was not necessary or acceptable,” adding that “they even broke my safe.”
CNN said that the FBI had carried out a search order to access the estate and that Trump was not present when the operation took place. The search involved sensitive papers, too, according to unnamed individuals CNN reported.
Trump has made his club in Palm Beach his permanent residence ever since vacating the White House in January 2021. Since Mar-a-Lago is often busiest in the summer, he usually spends those months at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. expires in May.
The Justice Department launched an early-stage investigation into Trump’s relocation of records to his Florida club in April, claims a source with knowledge of the matter.
The probe was started in February after the US National Archives and Records Administration informed Congress that it had discovered approximately 15 boxes of White House records at Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained sensitive material.