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Donald Trump: FBI searches former president’s…

Donald Trump: FBI searches former president’s…

The FBI has searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, the former president has announced.

“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,” Mr Trump said in a statement.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.

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Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate (Pic: AP)

“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.

“It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization 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.

The Justice Department has been investigating the discovery of boxes of records containing classified information that were taken to Mar-a-Lago after Mr Trump’s presidency had ended.

Analysis: David Blevins, Sky correspondent, in Washington

Not since the Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon half a century ago has America seen anything like this.

President Trump claims FBI agents flooded his Florida home and even broke into a safe while executing a search warrant.

He was not in Mar-a-Lago at the time and is understood to be at Trump Towers, his New York residence.

The White House says it received no notice. The raid is likely to have been approved by the Attorney General.

Multiple sources are linking the search warrant to classified documents but the FBI is making no comment at this stage.

To obtain a search warrant, prosecutors must establish probable cause of crime and then persuade the authorities it is justified.

A prosecutor gives a sworn affidavit to an FBI agent and it is then carefully considered by a federal judge.

President Trump is being investigated over claims he mishandled classified information and over the January 6 raid on the Capitol.

But no one really expected to see FBI agents raiding the home of a former President of the United States.

He was quick to politicise the search, claiming such an “assault” could only take place in a “Third World country”.

It was not clear whether the FBI search was connected to that probe.

A separate investigation related to efforts by Mr Trump allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 2021 riot at the US Capitol has also been intensifying in Washington.

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