Just under a week after his private residence in Florida was raided by FBI agents, former President Donald Trump released his latest statement condemning the Justice Department investigation that paved the way for the unannounced search.
In a post to his social media platform Truth Social on Sunday, he wrote that the “sneak attack on democracy” was unlike anything else in American history.
Trump noted that the nation “has never suffered this kind of ABUSE in Law Enforcement,” suggesting that an FBI raid on the home of a former president “is totally unheard of and unthinkable.”
Reiterating the fact that he was unaware that any such search had been ordered and that he was not at home when agents showed up to his Mar-a-Lago estate, the former president concluded that the entire ordeal was a thinly veiled partisan attack.
“It was for political, not legal reasons, and our entire Country is angry, hurt, and greatly embarrassed by it,” Trump added.
He went on to call on the FBI to “immediately” return all seized documents “to the location from which they were taken.”
Trump’s statement on Sunday was just the latest in a series of remarks about the unprecedented FBI raid.
Trump, in a lengthy statement, says the FBI executed a raid on Mar-a-Lago today: pic.twitter.com/x2RwEEEGWD
— Shelby Talcott (@ShelbyTalcott) August 8, 2022
Following the Aug. 8 raid, reports indicated that agents left the residence with an array of classified documents, including some that had been marked top secret. The search warrant suggested that Trump was being investigated for alleged violations of the Espionage Act.
Trump’s communications team, however, jumped to his defense with a statement insisting that he had taken the appropriate steps to declassify all paperwork removed from the White House.
“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time,” the statement began. “American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare work for the next day, often took documents including classified documents to the residence.”
According to the statement, Trump “had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to his residence were deemed to be declassified the movement he removed them” and that the sole power to do so lies with the commander in chief.
The controversial raid prompted high-profile Republicans to defend Trump against allegations of wrongdoing. A number of the former president’s supporters also lashed out at federal law enforcement agents, which resulted in a rare public statement from Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“I will not stand by silently when their integrity is unfairly attacked,” he said of the “dedicated, patriotic public servants” who work for the Justice Department.