Former President Trump said Monday evening his Mar-A-Lago home in Florida is “under siege” by a “large group” of FBI agents.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before,” he wrote in a statement.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” Trump said. “It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024, especially based on recent polls, and who will likewise do anything to stop Republicans and Conservatives in the upcoming Midterm Elections.”
Trump said that such “an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries.”
“Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before,” Trump said.
He alleged the FBI agents broke into his safe.
“What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee?” he asked. “Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”
Fox News reported Trump was in New York City at Trump Tower when the raid was carried out.
An FBI source confirmed to the news channel that FBI agents from Washington, D.C., conducted the raid.
The bureau’s Evidence Response Team conducted the raid and notified the Miami Field Office just before it was carried out.
Fox News said the Justice Department is probing the discovery of 15 boxes of records containing classified information allegedly taken to Mar-A-Lago at the end of presidency. Federal law prohibits the removal of classified documents to unauthorized locations.
However, it could be argued that Trump had the authority as president to declassify the documents.
Meanwhile, the House Jan. 6 committee is investigating Trump allies regarding the former president’s challenge of the results of the 2020 election.