FBI has executed a search warrant at former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.
Gatekeepers News reports that the Monday raid was part of an investigation into the handling of presidential documents, including classified documents, that may have been brought there.
Three people familiar with the situation told CNN.
The former President, while confirming that FBI agents were at Mar-a-Lago said “they even broke into my safe.”
“My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in a statement Monday evening.
The Justice Department has two known active investigations connected to Trump, one on the effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election and January 6, 2021, and the other involving the handling of classified documents.
According to reports, the search began early Monday morning and law enforcement personnel appeared to be focused on the area of the club where Trump’s offices and personal quarters are.
Another person familiar with the investigation added that the FBI’s search included examining where documents were kept, and boxes of items were taken.
Trump’s son, Eric, told Fox host Sean Hannity that “the purpose of the raid, from what they said, was because the National Archives wanted to, you know, corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession.”
Meanwhile, Christina Bobb, Trump’s attorney, said the FBI seized documents, “President Trump and his legal team have been cooperative with FBI and DOJ officials every step of the way. The FBI did conduct an unannounced raid and seized paper.”
Reports further disclosed that there was communication between the FBI and US Secret Service before the search warrant was executed, allowing for the FBI to access the estate without any complications. There is only a small Secret Service footprint at Mar-a-Lago when Trump is not there.
Meanwhile, the Justice Department declined to comment to CNN.
A Senior administration official in the White House official said President Joe Biden was unaware of the search of Mar-a-Lago until after it was reported on the news.