Federal investigations are breaking into the former US president’s house

Former President Donald Trump said FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday and stormed his safe, amid a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Trump’s transfer of official presidential records to the Palm Beach Club, Florida.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the raid, which Trump said in a statement included “a large group of FBI agents.”

The FBI headquarters in Washington and its Miami field office declined to comment.

The New York Times reported, citing two unnamed individuals with knowledge of the investigation, that the research appeared to relate to boxes of documents Trump brought with him from the White House to the Florida club.

Trump said the property was “currently trapped, raided and occupied.” The reason for the raid was not stated.

“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this sudden raid on my house was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said, adding, “They broke into my safe!”

CNN reported that Trump was not in possession at the time of the raid and that the FBI executed a search warrant to enter the building. CNN said the search was linked to classified documents, citing unnamed sources.

Trump, who has made his Palm Beach club his home since leaving the White House in January 2021, generally spent the summer at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, because Mar-a-Lago usually closes in May for the summer.

A source familiar with the matter said in April that the Justice Department had launched an early-stage investigation into Trump’s removal of records from Florida ownership.

The investigation comes after the U.S. Department of National Archives and Records notified Congress in February that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Trump’s Florida home, some containing classified material.

The U.S. House Oversight Committee announced at the time that it was expanding the investigation into Trump’s actions and asked the archives to turn over additional information.

Trump previously confirmed that he had agreed to return some records to the archives, calling them a “normal and routine process.”

The alleged raid will add to the former president’s legal problems, which include a congressional investigation into the January 6, 2021 assault by Trump supporters on the U.S. Capitol and accusations that Trump tried to influence Georgia’s 2020 election results.

Additionally, the U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., is investigating a scheme by Trump allies to present fake voter rolls in a failed bid to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

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