former The President confirmed that FBI agents were in Mar-a-Lago and said that “they even broke into my safe.” He was in Trump Tower in New York when the search warrant was executed in Florida, an acquaintance told CNN.
“My beautiful homeMar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida currently under siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said. in statement on Monday evening.
Unusual move search home of a former the president raises the stakes for Department of Justice and acts as Trump’s legal representative. problems Continue on multiple fronts. Trump also expected in coming months to announce that it will launch another application for White House in 2024.
The search began early on Monday morning, and law enforcement personnel turned out to be focused on in area of in club where Trump’s offices and personal apartments are located, according to a friend with cause.
The FBI search included an examination of where the documents were kept, according to another acquaintance. with investigation and boxes of items were accepted. After the restoration of the National Archives of White House Recordings from Mar-a-Lago in recent months, FBI on Monday had to make sure there was nothing left behind.
Christina Bobb, Trump’s lawyer, said the FBI seized the documents. “President Trump and his legal team cooperated with FBI and Justice Department officials each step of in way. The FBI did conduct an unannounced raid and seized the paper,” Bobb said.
There was a link between the FBI and the US Secret Service before the search warrant was executed on Monday. with case said, allowing for FBI to access property without any complications. There is only small The secret service trail in Mar-a-Lago when Trump is not there.
CNN reached out at the FBI for comment. Ministry of Justice declined to comment on CNN.
White House official said he had not been notified of the search. President Joe Biden senior administration official said he didn’t know of Search of Mar-a-Lago, not announced yet on in news.
At the beginning of June, several of investigators made rare visit to property looking for more information about potentially secret material since Trump in The White House, which was taken to Florida. Four investigators, including Jay Bratt, chief of the Department of Counterintelligence and Export Control of the Ministry of Justice met down with two of According to a source present, Trump’s lawyers Bobb and Evan Corcoran for meeting.
First of At the meeting, Trump stopped and greeted the investigators outside the cafeteria. After he leftWithout answering any questions, the investigators asked the lawyers if they could see where Trump kept the documents. Lawyers took investigators in the basement, where the boxes of materials were stored and investigators searched the room before leaving, according to the source.
BUT second a source said that trump arrived in say hi and made small talk, but left While the lawyers were talking with investigators. The source said that some of documents presented to the investigators were secret marking.
Five days later on On June 8, Trump’s lawyers received a letter from investigators asking them to further secure the premises where the documents were stored. Assistants afterwards added lock to the room.
In April and May, Trump aides in Mar-a-Lago were interviewed by the FBI as part of of probe in processing of presidential records, according to a source familiar with cause.
“This is a federal crime erroneously delete secret documents. And so if you fill out this is a statement and you must list in crime you can list what how crime” said Eli Honig, former federal and state attorney and CNN senior law analyst.
Honig told CNN’s Erin Burnett on “OutFront” that timing of the search took place with old department rule not carry out politically sensitive moves within 90 days of elections.
“Today just about 90 days out exactly from the intermediate dates, I think maybe 91 or 92 days out. What policy could it be reason why did they do it today, because they want stay clear of what if they interpret it as 90 days rule,” he said.
Members of Republican Party back Trump
This was stated by the chairman of the National Committee of the Republican Party Ronna McDaniel. in the statement that the Democrats are “constantly arming the bureaucracy against Republicans, and a number of Republican MPs came to former Presidential defense on social media.
“Attorney General (Merrick) Garland: Save your documents and clear your calendar. I’ve seen enough. Branch of Justice has reached an unbearable state of armed politicization,” the Republican leader wrote. When the Republicans Take back Home, we will conduct an immediate control of this department follow facts and leave no stone unturned.”
Republican Senator Rick Scott of Florida said that “we need answers NOW. The FBI needs to explain what they did today and why.”
But the chair of The House Oversight Committee, which is investigating Trump’s behavior of documents called on Department of Justice to “fully investigate” former President’s message of information.
“The presidents have a solemn duty for guard national security and claims that former President Trump has put our security on risk misclassification information requires the utmost attention,” said Democratic Rep. Carolyn Maloney. of New York said.
“Although the details of today’s activities in Mar-a-Lago are still popping up, it’s clear that the Department of Justice must fully investigate the potentially serious wrongdoing by President Trump. of secret information.”
This story was updated with additional details.
CNN’s Dana Basch, Zachary Cohen, Jeremy Diamond, Shauna Misel and Megan Trimble contributed to this report.