FBI searches Mar-a-Lago, says Trump

Trump, who was the first to confirm the raid, said in a statement that his compound was “besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.”

“After working and cooperating with the appropriate government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump said.

The former president was not present at Mar-a-Lago and was at Trump Tower in New York, according to a person familiar with the matter.

The FBI and U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Washington, DC, and for the Southern District of Florida did not immediately respond to requests for comment. Spokespersons for Justice Department headquarters in Washington declined to comment. The Secret Service and the Palm Beach Police Department reported their comments to the FBI. Two sources familiar with the matter said senior Biden White House officials were not given advance notice of the raid.

News of the FBI’s action comes amid an increasingly complex thicket of legal threats circling Trump and his inner circle. Chief among them is the growing investigation into efforts by Trump and his allies to disrupt the 2020 transition of power, in part by attempting to name fraudulent presidential voters who would create a pretext to block Joe’s victory. Biden.

That investigation has become an increasingly public threat to Trump, with some of his key White House allies and alumni facing grand jury subpoenas and FBI searches. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department defended its decision to seize the cellphone of John Eastman, the lawyer who helped devise Trump’s strategy to grab a second term he did not win.

Federal investigators have been looking for evidence that the Trump administration mishandled presidential records and even removed some boxes from Trump’s resort at Mar-a-Lago.

An executed search warrant would require the approval of a federal judge or magistrate, who would issue the warrant based on evidence of a potential crime.

The enforcement actions at Trump’s residence came as lawyers and other observers prepared to act this month in politically sensitive Justice Department investigations as prosecutors approached a traditional period of silence for such inquiries in the run-up to elections.

Meridith McGraw and Josh Gerstein contributed to this report.


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