Former President Donald Trump verified that a group of FBI agents have descended on his Florida residence, describing it as “a weaponization of the Justice System.” He posted a statement to his Truth Social account saying his home was “under siege”.
In his post, Trump said the “large group of FBI agents” had descended on his home at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida unannounced and decried their act as politically motivated.
“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 said in the statement issued through his Save America PAC.
“After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate.”
Trump noted federal agents “even broke into my safe”.
The reason behind the raid is currently unclear, but a person familiar with the search told the New York Times that it was at least in part to determine whether any White House records remained in the club.
Trump had previously returned 15 boxes of records to the National Archives from Mar-a-Lago, where he often worked in an official capacity during his term as president.
Republican politicians from Florida harshly responded to the news.
“Using government power to persecute political opponents is something we have seen many times from 3rd world Marxist dictatorships. But never before in America,” Senator Marco Rubio wrote.
Senator Rick Scott tweeted, “The FBI’s raid of Mar-a-Lago is incredibly concerning, especially given the Biden admin’s history of going after parents & other political opponents. This is 3rd World country stuff. We need answers NOW. The FBI must explain what they were doing today & why.”
Governor Ron DeSantis used wording similar to Trump, calling it a “weaponization” of the government and alluding to President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden. An FBI investigation into his business dealings is allegedly being covered up internally by FBI agents friendly to the family.
“The raid of MAL is another escalation in the weaponization of federal agencies against the Regime’s political opponents, while people like Hunter Biden get treated with kid gloves,” DeSantis said. “Now the Regime is getting another 87k IRS agents to wield against its adversaries? Banana Republic.”
This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.