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.President Donald Trump in a statement. People close to the situation have reported that FBI agents were searching for classified records taken from the White House following President Trump’s time in office; the Justice Department has not yet confirmed the nature of the search.
Why It Matters: The FBI searched Pres. Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida as part of an investigation about whether or not top-secret documents were taken with Pres. Trump after he left the White House. The Presidential Records Act of 1978 requires presidential records to remain public property and be maintained by the National Archives and Records Administration.
- Worth noting: "Though a search warrant does not suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause that a crime occurred" (Associated Press).
- Pres. Trump's lawyer, Christina Bobb, was present at the time of the search. She said Pres. Trump and his team were "cooperative with FBI and DOJ officials every step of the way,” and that the FBI “did conduct an unannounced raid and seized paper.”
- Republicans say the FBI has reached a state of "weaponized politicization" and the raid "is incredibly concerning."
- The Justice Department's ongoing investigation emerged after the National Archives and Records Administration received 15 boxes of White House records from Mar-a-Lago in January that included classified information.
- Neither the Justice Department or FBI officials have yet commented. One White House official said, “we did not have notice of the reported action and would refer you to the Justice Department for any additional information."
Trump says FBI searched estate in major escalation of probe (Associated Press)
by Jenna Lee,