Former US President Donald Trump said that FBI officials raided his home in Palm Beach, Florida.
“After working and cooperating with relevant government agencies, this unannounced inspection of my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump said in a statement.
Trump did not say why the raid took place at his Mar-a-Lago home.
He said the property is “currently surrounded, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents.” “They also breached my security,” Trump said.
CNN reported that Trump was not at the estate at the time of the raid and that the FBI executed a search warrant to enter the compound.
Trump, who has made his Palm Beach club his home since leaving the White House in January 2021, usually spends the summer at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, because Mar-a-Lago usually closes in May for the summer.
A source familiar with the matter said in April that the US Department of Justice had opened a preliminary investigation into Trump’s removal of official presidential records at his Florida home.
The investigation comes after the US National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress in February that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified material.
At the time, the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee announced it was expanding its investigation into Trump’s actions and asked the archives to turn over more information.
Trump previously confirmed that he had agreed to return some of the records to the archive, describing it as a “normal and routine process”.
The Justice Department declined to comment on the raid, which Trump said in a statement included “a large group of FBI agents.”
The FBI field office in Miami did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
What legal problems does Trump face?
Here’s a look at some of the investigations and lawsuits Trump is facing.
National records are missing
The US National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress in February that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified material.
At the time, the US House of Representatives Oversight Committee said it was expanding its investigation into Trump’s actions and asked the archives to turn over more information. Trump previously confirmed that he had agreed to return some of the records to the archive, describing it as a “normal and routine process”.
January 6 attack on the US capital
On January 6, 2021, a congressional committee investigating an attack by Trump supporters on the US Capitol is building a case that he broke the law in an attempt to reverse his loss in the 2020 election.
The commission’s vice chair, Liz Cheney, said the commission could make several recommendations to the Justice Department to seek criminal charges against Trump, who the commission has accused of conducting a bogus investigation.
In a March 2 court filing, the group described Trump’s efforts to persuade then-Vice President Mike Pence to reject electoral rolls for Democratic primary winner Joe Biden, or to delay the counting of those votes in Congress. .
David Carter, the California federal judge overseeing the case, said Trump’s efforts would violate a federal law that makes it illegal to block or attempt to block “corrupt” official activity.
In a filing dated March 2, the group said Trump and others may have planned to defraud the United States. The law criminalizes any attempt by two or more persons to interfere with government functions by means of “fraud, deception or misrepresentation”.
In addition to Trump’s efforts to pressure Pence, the committee cited his efforts to convince state election officials, the public and members of Congress that the 2020 election was rigged, even though many allies told him there was no evidence of fraud.
The commission cannot charge Trump with federal crimes. The decision is up to the Department of Justice, led by Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Experts said that if the Justice Department files charges, the biggest challenge for prosecutors will be proving that Trump acted with corrupt intent.
Trump can defend himself by saying that he won the election and that his well-documented efforts to pressure Pence and state election officials were not to obstruct Congress or defraud America, but rather to protect the integrity of the election.
Trump could be charged with “treason,” a rarely used law that criminalizes the overthrow of the US government by force. To prove that, prosecutors would have to prove that Trump conspired with others, said Barbara McCuady, a University of Michigan law professor and former federal prosecutor.
Several of those involved in the January 6 attack on the Capitol were charged with treason.
Democrats alleged in committee hearings on Jan. 6 that Trump, a Republican, raised about $250 million from his supporters to make false claims in court that he won the election but paid the money elsewhere.
Legal experts said that raises the possibility that he could be charged with wire fraud, which prohibits receiving money under “false or fraudulent pretenses.”
Georgia Election Fraud Investigation
A special jury was selected in May to consider evidence in the Georgia attorney general’s investigation into Trump’s alleged efforts to influence the outcome of the 2020 state election.
The investigation focuses in part on Trump’s Jan. 2, 2021 phone call with Brad Ravensberger, a Republican secretary of state from Georgia.
According to an audio recording obtained by The Washington Post, Trump asked Ravensberger to “find” the votes needed to reverse Trump’s election loss.
Legal experts said Trump may have violated at least three criminal election laws in Georgia: conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal incitement to commit election fraud, and willful interference with election duties.
It can be argued that Trump is preoccupied with freedom of expression and does not want to influence the elections.
New York criminal investigation
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg is investigating whether the Trump family’s real estate company misrepresented the value of its properties to obtain favorable bank loans and lower tax bills.
Two of the top prosecutors leading the investigation resigned in February, raising questions about the probe’s future, but Prague’s office said it was continuing.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and said the investigation was politically motivated. Prague is a democracy.
New York Attorney General for Civil Investigations
New York State Attorney General Letitia James is conducting a civil investigation into whether the Trump Organization inflated property values. Trump and his two children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, have agreed to testify at the trial, which begins on July 15.
Trump has denied any wrongdoing and said the investigation was politically motivated. James is a Democrat.
e. Jean Carroll defamation case
Former Elle E magazine writer Jean Carroll sued Trump for defamation in 2019 after the then-president denied allegations that he sexually assaulted her in a New York City department store in the 1990s. He accused her of lying to increase book sales.
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Manhattan will decide whether Carroll’s case should be dismissed.
Trump’s lawyer argued that he is protected by a federal law that gives government employees immunity from defamation lawsuits.