Donald Trump claims the FBI “ransacked” his Florida home.

Former US President Donald Trump has claimed the FBI “ransacked” his Mar-a-Lago property in Florida, which sources say is part of an investigation into whether he brought classified White House records to his home.

disclosure of search in a long statement, Mr. Trump said agents opened a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid,” which he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.”

The search intensifies months of investigation into how classified documents ended up in more than a dozen boxes in Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

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Mr. Trump and his allies sought to portray the search as a weapon of the criminal justice system and a Democrat-driven attempt to keep him from winning another term in 2024 — though the Biden White House said it had no prior knowledge of it.

The Argus: Donald Trump compared the activities of the FBI to "prosecutorial misconduct" (PA)Donald Trump likened FBI activities to ‘prosecutorial misconduct’ (PA)

The current FBI director, Christopher Wray, was also appointed by Mr. Trump five years ago and served as a senior official in a Republican-run Justice Department.

Mr. Trump wrote in a statement, “These are dark times for our nation as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida is currently under siege, raid and occupation by a large group of FBI agents.

“Something like this has never happened to a President of the United States.”

“Having worked and cooperated with the appropriate government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate.”

Justice Department spokeswoman Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including whether Attorney General Merrick Garland personally authorized it.

Mr. Trump did not detail the search, but the Justice Department has investigated possible misuse of classified information after the National Archives and Records Administration said it retrieved 15 boxes of records containing classified information from Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

This was announced by the National Archives Mr. Trump should have turned over this material when he left office and asked the Department of Justice to investigate.

There are several federal laws governing the handling of classified records and sensitive government documents, including laws that make it a criminal offense to remove such material and keep it in an unauthorized location.

Although a search warrant does not indicate that criminal charges are imminent or even expected, federal agents seeking one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause to the crime.

Two people familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the search took place earlier Monday and was related to the investigation of the records. Agents also searched to see if Mr. Trump had additional presidential records or classified documents on the property.

Mr. Trump has previously claimed that the President’s notes were handed over “in an ordinary and routine process.” Donald Trump claims the FBI “ransacked” his Florida home.

Fry Electronics Team

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