The FBI executed a search warrant on Monday at Donald Trump‘s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents., according to sources.
This includes classified documents, that may have been brought to Florida, people familiar with the situation told CNN.
Trump confirmed that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago in a statement Monday and said, “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. They even broke into my safe! What is the difference between this and Watergate, where operatives broke into the Democrat National Committee? Here, in reverse, Democrats broke into the home of the 45th President of the United States.”
“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,” said Trump.
The White House said it was not notified of the search warrant that was served early Monday morning in Trump’s Mar-A-Lago home.
The DOJ has two known active investigations connected to the former President, one on efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election, and the other involving the handling of classified documents.
On Monday, The Free Press reported on the newly released photos allegedly showing pieces of paper in toilets that may support prior reporting that former President Donald Trump sought to destroy Oval Office records, published by mainstream media.
The two photos were published in Axios Monday and will appear in New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman’s forthcoming book “Confidence Man: The Making of Donald Trump and the Breaking of America.” The photos, which were obtained by Haberman from alleged White House sources, are purportedly document pieces from the White House and also “an overseas trip.”
“You have to be pretty desperate to sell books if pictures of paper in a toilet bowl is part of your promotional plan,” Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told Axios. “We know … there’s enough people willing to fabricate stories like this in order to impress the media class — a media class who is willing to run with anything, as long as it anti-Trump.”
White House staffers would occasionally find torn-up pieces of printed paper clogging up toilets, according to Haberman, Axios first reported in February. Trump pushed back on the original report, labeling it “categorically untrue” and “simply made up by a reporter in order to get publicity for a mostly fictitious book.”
Oval office records must be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, which passed in 1978.
A former senior White House staffer told the Daily Caller News Foundation they are “highly suspicious” of the new report detailing the alleged documents Trump threw in toilets.
“This is one of those stories that is virtually impossible to prove, but that won’t stop the leftwing media from running with it as a verifiable and undisputed fact,” said the staffer.
The National Archives notably retrieved 15 boxes of documents and other items from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence in January because they should have been in the agency’s possession, the Washington Post reported in February. Advisers for the former president denied any wrongdoing, claiming the boxes contained letters with world leaders, gifts, and mementos.