“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,” Trump posted on Truth Social early on Sept. 19. “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!!!”
The former president had written on his Truth Social social media platform a day earlier: “It has already been proven that so much has been wrongfully taken, it is not a ‘pretty thing.’ So sad!
“I will keep the American public informed on TRUTH!”
Trump was in New York City when about 30 FBI agents raided his Florida residence on Aug. 8. That day, the agents also searched former First Lady Melania Trump’s closet and her personal items, as well as his 16-year-old son Barron’s room, according to Trump.
The raid concluded with the FBI seizing a total of 11,179 documents and other materials that weren’t marked classified, along with 103 documents marked classified including some marked as top secret, according to an inventory released earlier this month.
Trump has claimed that he had declassified the documents found at Mar-a-Lago that were marked as classified.
On Sept. 15, Florida-based U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon named retired Judge Raymond Dearie as an independent arbiter, also called a special master, to review the materials seized by the FBI. One of Dearie’s tasks is to determine whether any documents are privileged and should be off-limits to federal investigators.