The 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, announced that Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents have raided his Florida home, Mar-A-Lago, on Monday.
"Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate," Trump said in a statement. "It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don't want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections."
Trump was in New York City when the raid was carried out, according to Fox News. An FBI source confirmed to Fox News that FBI agents from Washington, D.C. who are on the bureau's Evidence Response Team conducted the raid and notified the Miami Field Office just before.
"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!" Further into his statement, Trump said, "What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee?" Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States."
The Department of Justice has been investigating the discovery of boxes of records containing classified information that were taken to Mar-A-Lago after Trump's presidency concluded. That matter was referred to the Justice Department by the National Archives and Records Administration, which said it found classified material in 15 boxes at the residence. Federal law bars the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations, though it is possible that Trump, as president, had the ultimate declassification authority.
A separate investigation is underway, investigating efforts by Trump allies to further investigate the supposed results of the 2020 presidential election. It was not clear whether the FBI search was connected to either of those investigations.
The Former President's full statement is below:
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