FBI searched Donald Trump’s Florida residence

FBI searched Donald Trump's Florida residence

Former U.S. President Donald Trump said FBI agents searched his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida on Monday. This came amid a U.S. Justice Department investigation into Trump’s movement of official presidential documents to the Palm Beach estate.

The Justice Department declined to comment on the search, which Trump said involved “a large group of FBI agents.”

The FBI’s Miami office did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.

Trump said the estate “is currently under siege, being searched and occupied.” He did not say why the raid occurred.

“After working and cooperating with the appropriate government agencies, this unannounced search of my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump added.

CNN reported that Trump was not at the estate at the time of the search and that the FBI had a warrant.

Trump, who has made his Palm Beach club home since leaving the White House in January 2021, usually spends the summer at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J., because Mar-a-Lago usually closes for the summer in May.

The U.S. Justice Department has launched a preliminary investigation into Trump’s moving records to a Florida estate, a source familiar with the matter said in April.

The investigation began after the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress in February that it had returned about 15 boxes of White House records from Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified material.

At the time, the U.S. House Oversight Committee announced it was expanding its investigation into Trump’s actions and asked the National Archives and Records Administration for more information.

Earlier, Trump confirmed that he had agreed to return some records, calling it a “routine and routine process.”