Miami, Aug 8 (EFE).- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) officers raided the Mar-a-Lago mansion of former United States president Donald Trump in Florida on Monday, he said in a statement.
“These are dark times for our nation, as 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 wrote.
“They even broke into my safe!” he exclaimed.
According to various US media outlets, officers executed a search warrant as part of an investigation into the handling of White House documents that may have been taken to the mansion.
In February, the National Archives asked the justice department to investigate Trump’s handling of White House records. It said it had retrieved 15 boxes of official documents from his Florida resort, some of which contained classified materials.
The Presidential Records Act requires written communications related to the president’s official duties to be preserved.
In the statement, Trump, who was in New York at the time of the raid, claimed that “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,” he wrote.
Trump compared the raid to Watergate, accused the prosecutor’s office of “misconduct” and denounced “the weaponization of the justice system” and the “attack by radical left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for president in 2024,” he said on his website, which is headed the words “Save America.”
According to Trump, “such an assault could only take place in broken, third world countries.”
“Sadly,” he added, “America has now become one of those countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.”
The 45th president added that “lawlessness, political persecution, and witch hunt (sic) must be exposed and stopped.” EFE