The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home at his Mar-a-Lago club appears to be part of an investigation into the removal of official presidential records from the White House to the Florida resort.
In a statement Monday night, the former president claimed, without providing evidence, that the raid on his Palm Beach residence was “prosecutorial misconduct” and “arming the judicial system” to keep him from running in the 2024 presidential election.
“Such an attack could only take place in broken third world countries. Unfortunately, America has now become one of those countries, corrupt at an unprecedented level,” the statement said.
Speaking to Sean Hannity, the former president’s son, Eric Trump, said the raids were related to searching boxes of documents his father had brought from the White House.
He added that his father had been working with the National Archives on the matter for months.
“The purpose of the raid, they said, was because the National Archives wanted to confirm whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession,” Eric Trump told Fox News.
A source familiar with the matter also confirmed to Reuters that the raid appears to be linked to Mr Trump’s removal of classified records from the White House.
Mr Trump, who is under investigation for his role in last January’s Capitol riot, is also under investigation by the Justice Department.
The department is investigating whether Mr. Trump or one of his associates broke federal law by mishandling classified documents that ended up at his Florida home instead of being returned to the National Archives at the end of his term.
In April, alongside the investigation by the Congressional Committee investigating the January 6 riots, it emerged that the National Archives had seized several boxes of official paperwork that Mr. Trump had transported to his residence in Mar-a-Lago.
According to The Washington Post, the documents were recovered from his Florida residence in March, raising further concerns about Mr Trump’s possible violation of the Presidential Records Act — legislation that requires administrations to retain almost all documents produced during the term created and circulated by a President.
Christina Bobb, Mr Trump’s attorney, told CNN that the FBI seized documents during Monday’s raid.
“President Trump and his legal team have cooperated with FBI and DOJ officials at every step. The FBI conducted an unannounced raid and confiscated paper,” she said.
According to Lara Trump, the former president’s daughter-in-law, he only removed mementos that he was legally authorized to take.
“You see, my father-in-law, as anyone who has been with him a lot knows, loves to keep things like newspaper clippings, magazine clippings, photos and documents that he was allowed to take from the White House,” she said.
The Biden administration previously denied any knowledge of Monday’s raid.
A White House official told The Independent: “We were not aware of the reported action and would refer you to the Justice Department for further information.”
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