Trump Says Mar-a-Lago ‘Under Siege, Raided by the FBI

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TL/DR: Trump supporters are likening the U.S. to a “third-world country” and calling for the FBI and Justice Department to be dismantled in response to the raid.
Donald Trump says his residence in Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, has been abruptly raided by the FBI, who also broke open his safe. Trump characterized the intrusion as a politically calculated move to stunt him from running for president in 2024. Supporters showed up to protest. While the FBI and the Justice Department have not stated their intentions, media reports suggest the search was related to Trump’s handling of classified documents and that some papers have been seized.

In February, the National Archives and Records Administration—which manages the preservation of presidential records—sought help from the FBI in retrieving 15 boxes of classified documents (some listed as “top secret“) from his Mar-a-Lago residence. The search comes as the House Jan. 6 committee held a series of televised hearings that have cast Trump as attempting to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. Former Attorney General William Barr said that evidence against his old boss was piling up.

What happens now? Trump is facing several other civil and criminal investigations, including in Georgia, by the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and in New York under the direction of state Attorney General Letitia James. But Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing. While he has teased the possibility of a 2024 presidential run, he has not officially announced a campaign. There is still no real indication on whether Trump may become the first sitting or former president to be charged with a crime in U.S. history.

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