Former President Donald Trump said Monday evening that the Federal Bureau of
Investigation had conducted a raid of his Florida home.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm
Beach, Florida is currently under siege, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI
agents,” Trump said in a statement posted to Truth Social, his social media website,
calling the move “prosecutorial misconduct” and an attempt by Democrats to hurt a
possible 2024 presidential bid.
The Justice Department is investigating Trump’s actions in relation to the Jan. 6,
2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The then president’s efforts to overturn Joe Biden’s
victory in the 2020 election have also been the focus of the House Jan. 6 select
committee’s investigation. In May, a federal grand jury also began investigating
whether Trump had mishandled classified documents, including taking 15 boxes of
materials to the Florida resort.
Former U.S. Attorney and NBC legal analyst Barb McQuade was among those who
noted that the FBI would have needed a judge to agree that there was “probable cause
to believe that evidence of a specific crime will be found on the premises” in order for
a search warrant to have been approved.
The New York Times reported Monday evening that two people familiar with the
investigation said it appeared to be centered on material Trump took with him from
the White House to Mar-a-Lago after he left office. Earlier this year,
the Washington Post reported that some of the records were
“so sensitive they may not be able to be described in forthcoming inventory reports
in an unclassified way.” Trump’s handling of records that are subject to protection
under the Presidential Records Act was under scrutiny throughout the day Monday
after New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman released photos that appeared to
show that Trump tried to dispose of documents by ripping them up and placing
them in toilets.
Regarding the FBI search warrant executed Monday at Mar-a-Lago, the White House
issued a statement to NBC News saying, “We did not have notice of the reported
action and would refer you to the Justice Department for any additional information.”