by Sharon Rondeau

(Sep. 19, 2022) — In a TruthSocial post at approximately 1:00 a.m. Monday, 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump reported that beginning Sunday night, he 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.”

In the early morning of August 8, the Florida home and resort was raided by the FBI with a warrant claiming Trump was harboring highly-classified documents which belong to the government, specifically the National Archives (NARA). Multiple reports, including from Trump, stated afterward that personal items were rummaged through and confiscated, and that medical records, passports and other privileged documents were taken indiscriminately.

A photo of documents in folders marked “Classified” was released by the Justice Department in the days that followed, prompting Trump to suggest the FBI “planted evidence” and his attorneys to deny that the folders were found that way.

“Two federal law enforcement officials told The New York Times that the folders weren’t discovered on the floor, but arranged like that by agents after they were removed from Trump’s office,” Business Insider reported on September 1.

A video of the event as it unfolded is reportedly in the custody of the Trump family or its attorneys.

The Justice Department acknowledged the passports were taken and returned them, Trump reported. On September 5, U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, ruled in Trump’s favor by granting a special master to review the documents seized to decide which, if any, are government property. Cannon’s order also suspended Justice’s ability to continue reviewing the documents on its own.

From the outset, Trump has claimed he declassified all the documents stored at Mar-a-Lago prior to leaving the White House in January 2021.

According to Trump’s early-morning post, the FBI “ransacked” his home and “after what they have done, the place will never be the same.” When the agents departed, he said, the resort was “in far different condition than the way I left it.”

“Many Agents,” he concluded his post, “- And they didn’t even take off their shoes in my bedroom. Nice!!!”

At approximately the same time, Trump thanked supporters who greeted him upon his landing ino Florida from a rally in Youngstown, OH on Saturday evening:

Of the event, Trump wrote, “Check out the pictures (on TRUTH SOCIAL) of the packed arena crowd in Youngstown, Ohio, not to mention the thousands of people outside the arena who couldn’t get in. Other reporters (and me) saw them all, loud and clear. The place was ELECTRIC (more so than electric cars, which don’t have the same ‘stamina’ as these incredible people)! Despite the obvious FACTS (TRUTH!), the Daily Mail’s obnoxious reporter said the crowd was ‘uncharacteristically thin,’ WRONG!!! How do you fight this Fake News?”

Earlier, Trump posted his plans to observe the condition of Mar-a-Lago in the aftermath of the raid, which he indicated he expected would not be pleasant. “I’ll soon be heading to the scene of the unwarranted, unjust, and illegal Raid and Break-In of my home in Florida, Mar-a-Lago,” he wrote at approximately 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. “I’ll be able to see for myself the results of the unnecessary ransacking of rooms and other areas of the house. It has already been proven that so much has been wrongfully taken, it is not a ‘pretty thing.’ So sad! The 4th Amendment, and much more, has been totally violated, a grave invasion of privacy. I will keep the American public informed on TRUTH!”

Photos and video footage, as well as articles about the rally, can be found here, including some taken of the crowds waiting outside the arena beforehand. A livestream replay of the rally beginning with Trump’s arrival is here.

On Friday the Justice Department appealed Cannon’s ruling, claiming “records with classification markings” were already “segregated from the other seized materials.”

“More than 100 additional responsive records” to a grand-jury subpoena for classified documents responded to earlier this year by Trump’s attorneys have been identified, Justice wrote in its Motion for a Partial Stay Pending Appeal (p. 19).

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