The Republican, directly or indirectly linked to several court cases, did not specify the reason. But, according to US media, the intervention is part of an investigation into the mishandling of classified documents, which had been sent to Mar-a-Lago.
“Our nation is living in dark times, my beautiful home, Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is under siege and has been raided and occupied by numerous FBI agents.”said Donald Trump in a press release, claiming to be the victim of a “political persecution”.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced search of my home was neither necessary nor appropriate.”he said.
“They even broke into my safe!”Mr. Trump, who was not there, was outraged, according to the New York Times.
Contacted by AFP, the FBI, which has not yet confirmed the search, declined to comment.
In February, the National Archives said they had to retrieve 15 boxes of documents from Florida that Donald Trump had taken with him when he left Washington in January 2021.
In these boxes, letters from Barack Obama and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a map of the United States that had been the subject of stormy exchanges with the US weather service, but also, according to the Washington Post, several documents marked “defense secret”. “.
The National Archives assure that the Republican had no right to leave with these boxes: according to a 1978 law, every American president must transmit all his emails, letters and other work documents to this agency, in charge of keeping them.
This federal agency had asked the US justice system to open an investigation into these events, according to US media.
“To be accountable”
White House staff also routinely discovered wads of papers clogging toilets and suspected the president wanted to dispose of the documents, according to a forthcoming book by a prominent New York Times reporter.
The announcement of the raid did not fail to provoke outrage in the Republican ranks.
The leader of the conservatives in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, thus denounced a “intolerable instrumentalization for political ends” of the Department of Justice, promising an investigation into its operation when the Republicans return to power.
A parliamentary committee is also seeking to shed light on the billionaire’s role in the storming of the Capitol on January 6, 2021.
That day, hundreds of his followers had sowed violence and chaos inside the Congress building, delaying the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
The Justice Department is investigating the attack but has not yet filed charges against the former president.
However, by the end of July, Attorney General Merrick Garland had not ruled out this possibility.
“We intend to hold accountable whoever is criminally responsible for (his role in) the events that occurred around January 6, in any attempt to interfere with the legal transfer of power from one administration to another.”he has said.
Finally, two investigations, one civil and one criminal, are underway in New York for suspected financial fraud within the Trump Organization.
Donald Trump, still very popular with Republicans, is increasingly openly flirting with the idea of running for president in 2024.
Source: Nice Matin