Last Monday, the former president of the United States, Donald Trump, denounced through a statement that FBI agents raided his house in Florida and described this act as “procedural misconduct.”
During the residence search Sea-To-Lake in Palm Beach, federal police seized “top secret” files, according to court documents released Friday. As detailed by the AFP agency, it is suspected that the former president, being illegally in possession of classified documents, violated a US espionage law.
“These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Sea-To-Lake in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently besieged, raided and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in a statement posted on his Truth social network.
In the midst of the investigations that weigh on the former US president, a Florida judge published last Friday the order authorizing the search and a large inventory of documents seized on Monday by FBI agents.
Some were marked “top secret” and were to be “available only at special government facilities,” the seven-page federal court order states.
The court document contains a list of items seized from Mar-a-Lago, including information about the “president of France.”
As detailed by The Wall Street Journal in an investigation, within the 20 boxes with documentation that the FBI took, photos, a handwritten note and the pardon given by Trump to Roger Stone, an ally of his, were found.
On the other hand, Washington Post revealed on Thursday that the documents sought could be related to the US nuclear arsenal. At the same time, Trump denounced on his social network ‘Truth Social’ that federal agents could have been “placing information” in his residence.
“The issue of nuclear weapons is a hoax”commented.
“Not only will I not oppose the disclosure of the documents related to the raid (…) but I will go a step further by ENCOURAGED the immediate publication of those documents,” the tycoon wrote in Truth Social, who however refrained to make public the copy of the court order you received.
The investigations weighing on Trump
The raid on the former US president’s residence in Florida again drew attention to the various investigations involving the former Republican president.
A rigorous investigation by members of the House of Representatives offered a roadmap to potentially charge the Republican mogul with a crime.
Lawmakers noted that Trump knew he had lost the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden but persisted with his accusations of fraud, eventually urging his supporters in Washington for a rally that ended with an assault on Congress that left five people dead.
‘find’ the votes
Trump pressured election officials in the southern state of Georgia to “find” the votes he needed to beat Biden in 2020, prompting the state attorney to investigate the complaint.
The investigation is now looking into the phone call to election officials and Trump’s alleged public and private pressure on authorities, including the governor, attorney general and chief investigator for the secretary of state.
New York state authorities have been investigating the Trump Organization’s business practices, including whether the group misled lenders and tax authorities about its real estate values.
However, in March, the prosecutor leading an investigation into the former president’s finances resigned due to the decision of the new Manhattan District Attorney, Alvin Bragg, not to proceed with the prosecution against Trump.
The investigation delved into whether Trump fraudulently overvalued multiple assets to secure loans and then undervalued them to minimize taxes.
With information from AFP