Donald Trump complained that FBI agents didn’t take off their shoes when conducting a search of his Mar-a-Lago estate and said his Florida mansion would ‘never be the same’.
The former president revealed shortly after the August 8 raid that agents had ‘rumoured through’ his wife Melania’s wardrobe and said earlier this month that they had also ‘deeply and badly searched’ her bedroom. 16-year-old son Barron.
Returning home to Florida on Sunday night, Trump said the changes were notable from nearly two months ago when it was ransacked by about 30 FBI agents.
‘Went to Florida last night and had the long and detailed opportunity to examine the scene of another crime’ by the government, ‘The FBI raid and break-in on my home, Mar-a-Lago’, Trump posted on his social media website Truth Social. ‘I guess they don’t think there’s a Fourth Amendment anymore, and to them, there isn’t.’
“In any case, after what they’ve done, this place will never be the same,” he lamented. ‘It was ‘searched’ and in a far different condition from how I left it. “
‘Many agents – And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Good!!!’
The post comes after President Joe Biden first gave a broad response to Trump’s handling of classified documents in a 60-minute wide interview that aired Sunday.
Biden deemed his predecessor ‘totally irresponsible’ after top secret documents were found at his Mar-a-Lago estate during the FBI raid.
Donald Trump complained that FBI agents didn’t take off his shoes when they searched his bedroom during the August 8 raid on his Mar-a-Lago home.
President Joe Biden said in an interview that aired Sunday that he had not received a confidential summary of the contents of documents found at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
Trump posted to Truth Social on Monday morning that after he ‘had a long and detailed opportunity to see the scene’ of the raid, he felt ‘this place will never be the same. It has been ‘searched’ and is in a far different condition from how I left it’
The sit-down with Scott Pelley was the first in more than 200 days – and aired while the president and first lady Jill Biden were in London for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.
His condemnation of Trump’s handling of classified documents goes beyond the mere mockery he made when asked about the incident in August.
Seeing classified documents emerge one after another following an August 8 FBI search of Trump’s Florida mansion at Mar-a-Lago left Biden wondering ‘how did someone else’ can be so irresponsible.’
‘I thought, what data in there could compromise sources and methods? And I mean, the names of the helpers etc, and it’s completely irresponsible,’ he added.
Biden’s face-to-face interview with the CBS show is the first ’60 Minutes’ interview he’s done as president – and his first sit-down since February with Lester Holt.
The interview was conducted in Detroit last week when Biden was touring the auto show.
The investigative remarks to his predecessor broke Biden’s mold of avoiding comment on the Justice Department’s criminal investigation into Trump’s bringing sensitive material to his Florida residence. after his term ends in January 2021.
Biden considers his predecessor’s handling of classified documents ‘totally irresponsible’ after top secret documents were found at his Mar-a-Lago estate during an FBI raid
Biden defeated Republican Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump, who has been weighing another run, described the court-approved search as politically motivated.
Biden said he did not receive a confidential meeting about the contents of those documents.
“I’m not asking for the specifics of those documents because I don’t want to be torn between whether the Justice Department should move or not take some of the action it might take,” Biden said. ‘I agreed that I would not tell them what to do and, in fact, participate in telling them how to prosecute.’
The Justice Department said it was investigating Trump over the deletion of the White House records because it believes he illegally kept documents including some related to intelligence gathering and secret sources. human secret – one of America’s best-kept secrets.
The FBI said it retrieved approximately 11,000 documents, including about 100 classified documents found in archives and offices, and served a court-approved search warrant on Aug. /8.
The majority of documents and materials seized during the raid did not have any sort of markings on them, according to an inventory list released earlier this month.
Weeks after the search, Trump’s lawyers asked a judge to appoint a special master to conduct an independent review of the files that were granted.
The subpoena says federal agents are investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that regulates the collection, transmission, or loss of defense information under the Espionage Act.
Biden’s director of intelligence is also investigating whether the disclosure of information in those documents poses a national security risk.
The FBI said it retrieved approximately 11,000 documents, including about 100 classified documents found in archives and offices, and served court-approved search warrants in the home on Dec. 8/8.
In interviews on several topics, the president would not commit to running for re-election in 2024, although he has previously said he intends to do so.
“My intention, as I said at the beginning, is that I will run again,” he said. ‘But that was just an intention. But is it a solid decision that I run again? That remains to be seen.’
Biden was asked about growing concerns that Russia’s attempt to occupy Ukraine could inspire Chinese leader Xi Jinping to attack Taiwan. The island has been recognized by the US as part of China but has its own democratic government. Xi and Russian President Vladimir Putin met last week.
He said US forces would respond ‘if in fact there is an unprecedented attack.’
White House officials later said official US policy had not changed, and did not say whether US forces would be called upon to defend Taiwan. Biden has made statements before, but the statements come at a time of growing tension for US-China relations, especially after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip there in September. before.
Beijing views official US contact with Taiwan as an incentive to make the decades-old island of independence permanent, a move that Biden and other US leaders say they not support.
The president said the US commitment to Ukraine was ‘not okay’ and would remain so ‘for as long as possible.’ The Ukrainian army is engaged in a counter-offensive to recapture towns and cities from the Russian army. But the damage done by the war is immense, and new atrocities are being revealed, including torture chambers and mass graves. Since January 2021, the United States has provided more than $13.5 billion in security assistance to Ukraine.