FBI raids Donald Trump’s Florida home for White House documents

The former president, Donald Trump, said the F.B.I. had searched his Palm Beach, Florida home and had broken open a safe. This was because of increasing scrutiny into the boxes of White House documents that Trump took with him to Florida after his presidency concluded, with questions beginning to rise about whether that went against federal law. 

“Mr. Trump delayed returning 15 boxes of material requested by officials with the National Archives for many months, only doing so when there became a threat of action to retrieve them,” The New York Times reports.

Mr. Trump has long cast the F.B.I. as a tool of the Democratic Party, which he claims is out to get him, and the raid set off an enraged reaction among his supporters in the Republican Party. August 9, 2022 a couple dozen supporters of the ex-president gathered together outside his Florida estate. A few supporters held Trump-Pence flags from the 2020 campaign, followed by others wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.  Elina Fandino, who lives across the Intracoastal Waterway in West Palm Beach, said she was there to support Donald Trump. 

“‘After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,’ Mr. Trump said, maintaining it was an effort to stop him from running for president in 2024,” reported The New York Times.