FBI searches Donald Trump's Florida residence over Capitol assault

"Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before," the former president has said.

A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) team entered with a warrant into Donald Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-lago this morning. "Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate". "They even broke into my safe!," the former president has said.

The National Archives and Records Administration reported to a congressional panel last February that Donald Trump kept classified documents in Florida. Something that the former president's own entourage had previously communicated to the Department of Justice. In January, the Archives Administration recovered 15 boxes of the president's papers.

6 Jan, 2021

It is true that none of the former presidents have ever gone through anything similar in the history of the country. The action taken by the FBI is part of an investigation into his role in the assault on Capitol Hill that took place on January 6, 2021, as Congress counted the electoral votes that would give Joe Biden the presidency of the republic. These events are also unprecedented in the country's history.

The accusation of responsibility against the former President, stems from the fact that the assailants had come from listening to a rally of the then still president, in which he insisted that the elections had been fraudulent and the presidency had been stolen from him. The assailants broke into the Capitol building and occupied several of its rooms. The building that houses the Congress had to be evacuated for security reasons. Shootouts with the guards ensued, as a result of which four people were killed. Security services found three homemade explosive devices.

January 6 Committee

Congress, with the encouragement of the Democratic Party and 35 of its Republican representatives, is leading a committee dedicated to investigating the facts. According to several experts, the testimonies collected during the committee have no legal validity in any possible trial over the matter.

The White House was not informed of the FBI's action, the Wall Street Journal has learned. The same newspaper reports that at the time of the search the former president was in New York.