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#AceBreakingNews – Former US president Donald Trump says a “large group of FBI agents” have raided his Mar-a-Lago estate and broken into his safe.
But what could they be looking for and and what could it mean for Mr Trump?
What’s happened today?
This morning Mr Trump released a statement saying his Florida home is “under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents”.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” he said.
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, third-world countries,” Mr Trump said.
“Sadly, America has now become one of those countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.”
Aerial footage captured a security presence at Mar-a-Lago at the time.
He has been living at Mar-a-Lago in Florida since leaving office in January.
Why is the FBI allegedly raiding his home?
It’s not exactly clear what the FBI could be looking for in this specific instance.
But Mr Trump’s son Eric told Fox News the alleged raid was conducted over documents sought by the US National Archives.
The investigation comes after the National Archives and Records Administration notified Congress in February that it had recovered about 15 boxes of White House documents from Mr Trump’s Florida home, some of which contained classified materials.
The archivists had arranged for the documents to be transported from Mar-a-Lago following discussions with Mr Trump’s representatives.
The US House of Representatives Oversight Committee announced at the time that it was expanding an investigation into how the documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago and Mr Trump’s involvement, and asked the archives to turn over additional information.
Mr Trump previously confirmed that he had agreed to return certain records to the archives, calling it “an ordinary and routine process.”
What has the Justice Department said about this?
Not much at all.
Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson said the agency had no comment when asked whether Attorney-General Merrick Garland had personally authorised the search.
The FBI’s headquarters in Washington and its field office in Miami have both declined comment.
Could this impact a potential 2024 presidential run?
There are multiple federal laws governing the handling of classified records and sensitive government documents, including statutes that make it a crime to remove these materials and retain them at an unauthorised location.
While the Justice Department has a decades-old policy that a sitting president cannot be indicted, there is no such protection for presidential candidates.
Prosecuting a candidate could nonetheless have political implications, said Brian Kalt, a law professor at Michigan State University.
“I’m not aware of any constitutional reason why a presidential candidate would have any kind of criminal immunity,” Mr Kalt said.
Mr Trump says the alleged raid is an attack from those who want to impact his chances of running for president again.
“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponisation 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,” he said.
While a search warrant doesn’t suggest that criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause that a crime occurred.
Is he facing other investigations?
The alleged raid adds to the former president’s legal woes, with a congressional panel probing the January 6, 2021 assault by Trump supporters on the US Capitol working to build a case that he broke the law in trying to overturn his 2020 election defeat.
Vice chair Liz Cheney has said the committee could make multiple referrals to the Justice Department seeking criminal charges against Trump.
Separately, a special grand jury was selected in May to consider evidence in a Georgia prosecutor’s inquiry into Trump’s alleged efforts to influence the state’s 2020 election results.
The investigation focuses in part on a phone call Mr Trump made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, on January 2, 2021.
Legal experts said Mr Trump may have violated at least three Georgia criminal election laws: conspiracy to commit election fraud, criminal solicitation to commit election fraud, and intentional interference with performance of election duties.
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