- FBI agents searched Mar-a-Lago, Florida, according to former US President Donald Trump.
- It revolves around the contents of 15 boxes with documents and files that have disappeared from the US state archives, according to the unanimous reports of various US media.
- The FBI has yet to confirm the research.
“After working with the appropriate government agencies, this surprise raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate,” Trump said on Monday.
Mar-a-Lago is currently surrounded, searched and occupied by a large group of FBI agents. “They broke into my safe.” Trump did not provide any background information about the FBI operation at his Palm Beach property. Trump described the operation as “political persecution.”
SRF-USA reporter Barbara Colby sees no political background: “The Department of Justice with the FBI is an independent authority. There is no political relationship on paper.” Such a search simply cannot be ordered at home.
The former president still enjoys special rights. The obstacles to a home search are significant.” In addition to clear indications of a crime, several judges are needed to approve this measure based on the evidence. “This home search had to be planned well in advance,” Colby says. Gender in the case of a former president is unique in US history.
Unclear reasons for research
It was not initially clear why the property was being searched. Media reported that the FBI completed the search on Monday evening (local time). A CNN reporter said Trump was not at home during the event.
The former president was recently subjected to severe accusations by witnesses at the public hearings of the commission investigating the Capitol attack. Accordingly, Trump learned that the protesters were armed on January 6, 2021 and deliberately sent them to the Capitol.
Will legal action be taken against Trump?
Recently, there has been mounting evidence that the Department of Justice has been investigating Trump’s behavior closely. The question is whether Attorney General Merrick Garland can take criminal action against Trump.
Trump was also accused of withholding files and documents from his time in the White House until they were flushed down the toilet. Trump refused. Indeed, in the USA, all correspondence of the President must be archived and preserved for future generations.
The content of the documents is secondary. If the ex-president actually took these documents with him or even made them disappear, this is a criminal offence,” according to SRF reporter Colby. Of course, the President of the United States has access to all documents, including confidential files, but they must be treated with appropriate due diligence according to specific rules.
It should not be changed either, says the reporter. Documents must be returned to the National Archives by the President’s last working day at the latest.
The New York Times, citing anonymous sources, reported that the investigation was related to the documents. After his tenure, Trump moved 15 boxes of files to his Mar-a-Lago property.
According to reports, this contained important communication documents – including letters from North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un and a letter from Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama. Trump finally turned over several documents to the National Archives and Records Administration. However, the judiciary is said to have launched an investigation.
The search for the former president’s property requires permission from the highest level of the Department of Justice. The New York Times wrote that Justice Department officials declined to comment on any aspect of the search warrant.
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