In an unprecedented move, the FBI raided on Monday former President Donald Trump’s estate home at the Mar-a-Lago as part of the probe of Trump’s alleged mishandling of White House documents – including potentially classified material – the law enforcement remains hush about.
According to one person familiar with the development, the FBI agents have taken away paper records during the hours-long Florida raid witnessed by Trump attorney Christina Bobb.
There are two known active investigations of the DOJ connected to Trump: one on his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and Jan. 6 events at the Capitol, and another involving his handling of classified documents.
Never before have the Justice Department and FBI investigated the residence of a former president, particularly one who is striving for reelection, or executed such a public law enforcement action which immediately led to calls for recriminations and even the elimination of federal law enforcement agencies.
Trump, who is battling an increasingly complex thicket of legal threats, decried the FBI raid, comparing it to Watergate, stressing that it was not necessary or appropriate for a large group of FBI agents to have his resort under siege, raided, and occupied after his work and cooperation the relevant government agencies.
Trump, who was the first to confirm the FBI action, was not present at Mar-a-Lago during the unannounced search not even top Biden White House officials were given advance notice of.
Neither the FBI, the DOJ nor the US attorney’s offices in Washington immediately commented on the raid while the Secret Service, the Palm Beach Police Department, and the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida deferred comment to the FBI.
According to two sources familiar with the matter, the unprecedented action could potentially alter the course of both the upcoming midterms and an eventual Trump-Biden rematch in 2024.