Trump says FBI raided his Florida home, broke into his safe. What we know so far
The action marks a dramatic escalation in law enforcement scrutiny of Trump and comes as he has been laying the groundwork to make another presidential bid.
Former US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the FBI was conducting a search at his Mar-a-Lago estate and broke into his safe. While there has been no official confirmation from the federal law enforcement agency, the action is said to be related to a probe of whether Trump had taken classified presidential records from his White House tenure to his Florida residence, according to Associated Press.
“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,” Trump said in a statement posted on his social media.
He asserted that the “unannounced raid” at his Palm Beach residence was unnecessary and inappropriate as he was “cooperating with the relevant government agencies.” Calling it “prosecutorial misconduct”, the Republican leader blamed the raid on “radical left democrats who desperately don't want me to run for President in 2024.”
“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!” he added.
CNN reported that Trump was not at the estate at the time of the raid and that the FBI had executed a search warrant to enter the premises.
The US Justice Department has been investigating Trump's removal of classified records to the Florida estate that were retrieved by the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year. Trump previously confirmed that he had agreed to return certain records to the National Archives, calling it "an ordinary and routine process."
Trump is facing multiple legal woes, most of them from his White House tenure, including the missing national records, attack on US Capitol, wire fraud, Georgia election tampering.
(With inputs from AP, Reuters)