Former President Trump expressed outrage, accusing FBI agents of not taking off his shoes when searching his Mar-a-Lago residence.
“I returned to Florida last night and had the opportunity to thoroughly inspect the scene of the FBI raid on my Mar-a-Lago residence, yet another government crime,” former US President Donald Trump wrote on Twitter. Truth social network on September 19. “This place will never be the same after what they did. They didn’t even take off their shoes when they entered my bedroom.”
Trump also accused the FBI of violating the Fourth Amendment, which prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures.
When the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago in early August, Mr. Trump was in New Jersey and later attended events in multiple cities. This is the first time Mr. Trump has returned to Mar-a-Lago since the search took place.
The FBI seized from Trump’s home 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified US government documents, some of which were classified as “top secret” and “sensitive”.
A Florida judge on August 12 said the FBI suspects Trump of violating the Espionage Act. The act makes it a crime to illegally obtain or store national security information.
Trump on August 22 filed a lawsuit in federal court in Florida, asking a judge to prevent the FBI from reading documents collected at Mar-a-Lago until a special expert is appointed to oversee. This person is responsible for inventorying documents and ensuring investigators do not access information protected by attorney-client or executive privilege.
On September 15, former judge Raymond Dearie was assigned to take on the role of special expert. Dearie will have to complete the review by November 30, slightly shorter than the 90-day deadline Trump requested.
Duc Trung (Theo New York Daily News)