FBI seized boxes and documents in Trump search, sources say

The FBI took boxes and documents from us execute a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s home in Florida on Monday, CBS News confirmed two sources. No electronics were taken, according to the sources.

Trump said Monday night that his Mar-a-Lago resort was being “raided” by the FBI. Sources confirmed to CBS News that the search was related to a Justice Department investigation that was prompted by the National Archives earlier this year, when the agency said it found 15 boxes of presidential recordsincluded classified materialat Mar-a-Lago.

One official said some, or perhaps all, of the seized documents contained classified material.

A source in Palm Beach, Florida, close to Trump told CBS News on Monday that the search was “PRA related,” or the Presidential Records Act. “When did you ever hear of a raid because of PRA?” the source asked.

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Police direct traffic outside an entrance to former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate, Monday, Aug. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Florida.

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The Presidential Records Act, enacted in 1978, governs the record-keeping responsibilities of former presidents. It requires that any memos, letters, emails and other documents related to the duties of the President be preserved and given to the National Archives at the end of an administration.

In February, the National Archives asked the Department of Justice to investigate Trump’s handling of documents. The National Archives said at the time that Trump had turned over some of the documents rip up and tape back together.

On Monday, a New York Times reporter free maggie haberman, photos from his upcoming book that showed at least two instances where Trump tried to flush documents down the toilet.

“Nothing like this has ever happened to the President of the United States before,” Trump said in a statement on Monday. “After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was neither necessary nor appropriate.”

Republicans blasted The search, with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy voting, if the party takes back the House, “we will immediately oversee this Department, we will follow the facts and we will leave no stone unturned.” He warned, “Attorney General Garland: preserve your documents and clear your calendar.”

Melissa Quinn and Fin Gómez contributed to this report.

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