On Monday, former President Donald Trump revealed that FBI investigators had conducted a raid at Mar-a-Lago, following media reports said that officers were seen leaving the ex-Florida president’s home and private club.
It is the first time in U.S. history that a former president’s home has been raided, a fact that has elicited astonishing comments from around the globe.
The National Archives collected more than a dozen boxes of documents from the Florida resort earlier this year, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday evening.
According to reports, no evidence against Trump has been discovered as of yet.
Trump confirmed the raid in a statement released Monday evening, describing the action as “dark times for our nation” and asserting that the Biden administration was targeting him as a political target.
Trump tweeted,“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
“After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate. It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the justice system…” he continued.
Trump has not yet declared his candidacy for president in 2024, but sources say he is considering doing so.
Several media reports stated that the raid was prompted by an inquiry into Trump’s removal of sensitive materials from the White House, not the Department of Justice’s ongoing investigation into January 6, which is also primarily focused on Trump.
On January 6, the House select committee is also reviewing the attack on the Capitol and Trump’s actions surrounding it.
Although fingers are pointed at the administration of Vice President Joe Biden, the White House insists its hands are clean.
During Tuesday’s press briefing, Biden’s press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre stated that he “was not briefed” prior to the raid on Monday.
She stated that the president “was not unaware of it.”
‘No one at the White House was given a heads up,’ Jean-Pierre said.
A number of Trump friends have requested that Attorney General Merrick Garland discuss the raid publicly.
He has not commented as of yet.
Also, when asked if Garland personally authorized the search, the Justice Department refused to respond.
However, several public officials have demanded an explanation.
Tuesday night, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell stated, “The country deserves a thorough and immediate explanation of what led to the events of Monday.”
“Attorney General Garland and the Department of Justice should already have provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately.”
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McConnell, who had a falling out with Trump over the ex-president’s false election fraud claims, had previously not commented on the raid, but then did respond just over 24 hours after the event happened.
In addition to the Jan 6 probe and the allegations regarding Trump holding documents, there are other investigations trying to find incriminating evidence against the former president.
In Georgia, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis is investigating the scheme to run over the state’s 2020 presidential election result.