Trump announced earlier on Sunday that he would “soon be heading” to Mar-a-Lago. He wrote that he wanted to see “the unnecessary ransacking of rooms and other areas of the house,” adding that he felt “totally violated.”
Several hours later, Trump said he had arrived at his Florida residence and “had a long and detailed chance” to look around the property. He claimed in his post that the FBI’s lawful search of his property was a violation of his Fourth Amendment rights while lamenting that his home would “never be the same.”
“It was ‘ransacked,’ and in far different condition than the way I left it,” Trump wrote on Truth Social. “Many Agents – And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”
This is not the first time Trump has expressed anger at the FBI agents who searched through his personal items. In August, Trump accused investigators of leaving former first lady Melania Trump’s closet in a “mess” after the search. He also claimed the investigators searched his son Barron’s room.
Earlier this month, Trump claimed the FBI made him look sloppy by purposely scattering documents on the ground to photograph them during Mar-a-Lago raid. This was after the Department of Justice shared a photo that showed classified documents strewn about on a carpet.
“They took them out of cartons and spread them around on the carpet, making it look like a big ‘find’ for them,” he wrote on Truth Social. “They dropped them, not me — Very deceiving…” he added.
“Perhaps pretending it was me that did it!” Trump added in a separate post the same day.
During the Mar-a-Lago search, the FBI seized 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked “top secret” and some that may have concerned nuclear weapons. The DOJ is looking into whether Trump broke any of three federal laws — including the Espionage Act — by keeping the documents at his Florida residence.
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