Donald Trump | Mar-a-Lago resort in West Palm Beach, Florida.(Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
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Former U.S. President Donald Trumpsaidin an extended statement Monday that Mar-a-Lago, his residence in Florida, was “under siege, raided, and occupied” by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Trump claimed the “unannounced raid” was “prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponization of the justice system, and an attack by radical left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to perform for president in 2024.”
The twice-impeached ex-presidentwho was reportedly not at the Palm Beach resort for the raidsaid of the FBI, “They even broke into my safe!”
CNNreportedthat the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) “declined to comment, as did the White House.”
In accordance withPolitico, “The FBI and U.S. attorney’s offices in Washington and for the Southern District of Florida didn’t immediately react to requests for comment.”
The DOJ and a congressional select committee are both investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Trump’s speech that daywhich featured his “Big Lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolenled to his historic second impeachment.
Read Trump’s full statement: