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'Dark times': Trump says FBI raids Mar-a-Lago property

In this file photo taken on November 27, 2016 a general view shows the back entrance to the Mar-a-Lago estate of Donald Trump in Palm Beach, Florida.
A general view showing the back door of Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago mansion in Palm Beach, Florida, November 27, 2016. Photo by MANDEL NGAN /AFP via Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump made a lengthy statement. Said Monday, the FBI was conducting a raid on his Mar-a-Lago mansion, and investigators claimed to have broken open the safe. A person familiar with the matter said the action was related to an investigation into whether Trump brought classified records from his White House tenure to his Florida home.

Although not immediately confirmed by the FBI and the Justice Department, the action marks a dramatic escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of Mr. Trump, as he makes his next bid. It happened when I was laying the foundation for president. A search warrant does not imply that criminal charges are imminent or anticipated, but federal officials seeking to obtain it must prove there was a probable cause for the crime.

"Working with relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate," Trump said in a statement.

He added: Nothing like this has ever happened to a US president.

Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to comment on the investigation, including whether Attorney General Merrick Garland personally authorized the investigation.

A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, said the search was conducted early Monday and agents said Trump had no additional presidential records or classified documents. The estate said they were also trying to see if they had one.

The Department of Justice is investigating the existence of classified records in 15 boxes of Maa's Lagos recovered by the National Archives and Records Administration earlier this year. The Archives then referred the matter to the Department of Justice.

Federal law prohibits the movement of classified documents to unauthorized locations, but as President Trump claims to be the ultimate authority on declassification. There is a possibility that

There are several laws governing sensitive information, among them making it a crime to delete such records and store them in unauthorized locations, with a maximum penalty of five years' imprisonment. There is a law that imposes Another law criminalizes intentional or grossly negligent mishandling of confidential records.

Investigations aren't the only legal headaches facing Trump. Separate investigations related to efforts by Trump and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election and his Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots are also heating up in Washington. there is

The district attorney for Fulton County, Georgia, is investigating whether Trump and his aides attempted to interfere in the state's election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

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