President Trump returned to Mar-a-Lago Sunday evening for the first time since the FBI raided his home in early August. On Truth social, President Trump lamented that the residence was ransacked and unrecognizable from the condition in which he left it. Mar-a-Lago is finally returning to normal, as the legal action and public opinion in the aftermath of the unprecedented raid continue to swing in Trump’s favor.
Fran Beyer; September 19, 2022
Former President Trump is back at his Mar-a-Lago residence — lamenting on Monday his Palm Beach, Fla., home had been “ransacked” by the FBI’s seizure of White House documents and would “never be the same.”
Dozens of supporters lined a bridge waving flags and cheering as his limousine crossed a bridge near the estate, video footage of the caravan showed.
Writing on his Truth Social platform, Trump said he had “a long and detailed chance” on Sunday night to look around the property.
“Arrived in Florida last night and had a long and detailed chance to check out the scene of yet another government “crime,” the FBI’s Raid and Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote. “I guess they don’t think there is a Fourth Amendment anymore, and to them, there isn’t. In any event, after what they have done, the place will never be the same. It was ‘ransacked,’ and in far different condition than the way I left it. Many Agents – And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”
A federal judge has released inventory of the haul taken by the FBI in its August raid. Trump had insisted he declassified the documents to lawfully bring them to his Florida home, and the former president’s legal team is trying to block the Department of Justice from reviewing the documents.
Trump’s lawyers have already successfully argued for the appointment of a special master to review the documents for possible executive privilege.
Business Insider reported it’s 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 investigators searched his son Barron’s room, the news outlet noted.
The former president has argued the search was politically motivated and blasted both the FBI and DOJ for conducting the seizure — at one point suggesting evidence had been planted by the FBI, The Hill reported.
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