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Donald Trump says FBI agents 'raided and occupied' Mar-a-Lago

"Never before has anything like this happened to a president of the United States," Trump said. He did not say why the raid took place

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida.
Former US President Donald Trump's Mar Arago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images/File

The a-Lago estate was raided Monday by FBI agents amid a U.S. Department of Justice investigation into Trump's removal of official presidential records from his Palm Beach mansion.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the raids. In a statement, Trump said a "large group of FBI agents" was involved.

The FBI field office in Miami did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Mr Trump said the property was "currently besieged, raided and occupied." He did not say why the attack took place.

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

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

CNN reported Trump was not at the property at the time of the raid, and the FBI executed a search warrant to enter the property.

A person familiar with the matter, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, told The Associated Press that agents had asked whether Trump had classified documents on additional presidential records or estates. He said he was trying to confirm.

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The Justice Department has launched an early-stage investigation into Trump's removal of records from a Florida property, detailed the matter. A source said in April.

The investigation comes after the National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress in his February that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from President Trump's home in Florida. were conducted, some of which contained classified material.

The then-U.S. House Oversight Committee announced it was expanding its investigation into Trump's actions and called for additional information to be submitted to the archives.

Trump has previously admitted that he agreed to return certain records to the archives, calling it a "normal, routine process."

Trump, who has made his Palm beach club his home since leaving the White House in January 2021, usually spends his summers at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. It's here. May for summer.

— with additional report by Associated Press

Former U.S. President Donald Trump takes the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, August 6, 2022.
Former President Donald Trump on stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, August 6, 2022. Photo credit: Brian Snyder / Reuters / File

Donald Trump's legal troubles — some of the investigations and lawsuits facing the former president Part:

Missing National Records

In February, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration We have notified Congress that we have recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Trump's Florida home. It contained classified material.

The then-U.S. House Oversight Committee said it was expanding its investigation into Trump's actions and called on the Archives to provide additional information. Trump has previously admitted that he agreed to return certain records to the archives, calling it a "normal, routine process."

January. 6 Attack on US Capitol

A congressional panel investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by Trump supporters said he was trying to overturn his executive order. We are working to build a case of breaking the law. Losing the 2020 election.

Deputy Commissioner Liz Cheney makes multiple DOJ referrals seeking criminal charges against Trump, who accuses Commission of conducting phony investigations said it was possible.

In a March 2 court filing, the commission persuaded then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral votes for Democratic Party Joe Biden, who won the election. Or detailed Trump's efforts to persuade Congress to delay counting those votes.

Mr. Trump's attempt likely violated federal law, and it was illegal to "wrongfully" obstruct or attempt to interfere with public proceedings, the case said. California federal judge overseeing the case, David Carter, said.

In a March 2 filing, the Commission said Trump and others likely colluded to defraud the United States. The law makes it a crime for two or more persons to attempt to interfere in the functioning of government "through deceit, trickery, and trickery."

In addition to Trump's efforts to put pressure on Pence, the Commission has accused state election officials, the public, and the public that the 2020 election was stolen. Citing his attempts to convince members of Congress. He had no evidence of fraud.

The Commission cannot indict Trump for federal crimes. That decision must be made by the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

If the Justice Department files charges, prosecutors' main challenge will be to prove that Trump acted with corrupt intent, experts said.

Trump sincerely believes he won the election, and his well-documented efforts to pressure Pence and state election officials have been used to obstruct Congress, Election honesty, not intended to deceive the United States.

Trump could also be charged with "sedition conspiracy." This is a rarely used law that makes it illegal to overthrow the US government by force. To prove this, prosecutors would have to show that President Trump conspired with others to use force, said Barbara McQuaid, a University of Michigan law professor and former federal prosecutor. Stated.

Several persons who participated in the January 6th attack on the Capitol have been charged with conspiracy to sedition.

wire fraud

Democrats said at his June hearings before the Commission on Jan. It said it had raised $250 million and proceeded with fraudulent claims in court. He won the election, but put much of his money elsewhere.

This would make him more likely to be charged with wire fraud, which prohibits him from obtaining money "with false or fraudulent pretenses," legal experts said.

Georgia Election Falsification Investigation

Special Examination of Evidence of Georgia Prosecutor's Investigation into Trump's Alleged Influence 2020 election results for the state a grand jury elected in his May.

This investigation focuses in part on a phone call Trump made to his Secretary of State of Georgia, Brad Raffensperger, who is a Republican, on January 2, 2021.

Trump asked Raffensperger to "find" the votes Trump's election loss had to be overturned, according to audio recordings obtained by The Washington Post.

Mr. Trump may have violated at least three of Georgia's election criminal laws, according to legal experts. Conspiracy to fraudulent elections, solicitation of fraudulent elections, and intentional obstruction of election affairs.

Trump was involved in free speech, and he could argue that he had no intention of influencing the election.

New York Criminal Investigation

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg warned that Trump's family-owned real estate firm would invest its assets in order to obtain favorable bank loans. We're investigating whether we're misrepresenting value and lowering taxes.

His two top lawyers who were leading the investigation resigned in his February, calling into question the future of the investigation, but Bragg's office said the investigation was ongoing. said.

Mr Trump has denied wrongdoing and said the investigation was politically motivated. Bragg is a Democrat.

Does running for president mean Trump will not be prosecuted?

No. The Justice Department has a decades-long policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted, but there is no such protection for presidential candidates. That said, prosecuting a candidate could have political implications, said Brian Cult, a law professor at Michigan State University.

"I know of no constitutional reason why a presidential candidate should have any immunity."

Civil Investigation

New York State Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization inflated real estate values.

Trump denied wrongdoing and said the investigation was politically motivated. James is a Democrat.

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ex-El He was a magazine writer in the Jean Carroll defamation case. Gene Her Carroll sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after the then-President denied her allegations. He raped her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. He accused her of lying to sell her book.

The Manhattan Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit is poised to rule on whether Carroll's case should be dismissed.

Trump's attorneys argued that he was protected by federal law exempting public officials from allegations of defamation.

— Luc Cohen, Reuters

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