In a potentially explosive development in the investigations into the former president, Donald Trump said that the FBI executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday.
The investigation appeared to involve classified documents that Trump allegedly took with him from the White House to his personal estate in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a New York Times report that cited two people familiar with the search. Three sources also confirmed the nature of the search to CNN.
“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,” Trump wrote in a statement. “They even broke into my safe!”
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) August 8, 2022
Trump confirms that federal law enforcement is executing a search warrant at Mar-A-Lago.
This means a federal judge found that there is good reason to believe that a crime was committed and that evidence of that crime was located in Mar-A-Lago.
Trump should be very concerned. https://t.co/ZRh5s6kjYs
— Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) August 8, 2022
BREAKING: The FBI has executed a search warrant at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida. pic.twitter.com/Lwib077e8Z
— The Recount (@therecount) August 8, 2022
As my colleague Inae Oh reported earlier this year, Trump stands accused of improperly taking classified national security records to Mar-a-Lago in 15 boxes of documents. At the time, the Justice Department said that it would investigate possible violations of the Presidential Records Act, which governs how presidents preserve all sorts of documents, including classified information.
Trump was in New York City today, according to CNN.
This is a breaking news post and will be updated.