The FBI’s Reason for Raiding Donald Trump’s Home in Mar-A-Lago is Revealed to Be a Search for Classified Documents

The Federal Bureau of Investigation raided former President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida on Monday.



The reason for the FBI’s unannounced raid was allegedly tied to boxes of classified information that Donald Trump had purportedly taken to his Florida estate. The New York Times reported on the development:

The search, according to two people familiar with the investigation, appeared to be focused on material that Mr. Trump had brought with him to Mar-a-Lago, his private club and residence, after he left the White House. Those boxes contained many pages of classified documents, according to a person familiar with their contents.

Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action being taken to retrieve them.

Trump was not in attendance at the time of the raid. The New York Times report suggests political motivation of the timing.

The search was at least in part for whether any records remained at the club, the person familiar with the search said.

The reported search came at a time when the Justice Department has also been stepping up questioning of former Trump aides who had been witnesses to discussion and planning in the White House of Mr. Trump’s efforts to remain in office after his loss in the 2020 election.

If the Times report is accurate, the FBI’s unannounced raid would be an egregious case of prosecutorial misconduct. No president has ever been targeted for such an FBI raid for such a spurious reason in our nation’s history.

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