Former US President Donald Trump has said his Florida home was “raided” by the FBI.
Trump said in a statement that Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach was “occupied by a large group of FBI agents”.
BBC reported that the search was connected to an investigation into Mr Trump’s handling of official papers.
The dramatic escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of Mr Trump comes as he prepares for a possible third presidential run in 2024.
According to CNN, Mr Trump was in Trump Tower in New York City at the time of Monday’s reported raid.
“These are dark times for our Nation,” Mr Trump’s statement began.
He said he had co-operated with all relevant government agencies and so the “unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate”.
Mr Trump said it amounted to “prosecutorial misconduct” and “the weaponisation of the Justice System” to prevent him from running for the White House again.
“Such an assault could only take place in broken, Third-World Countries,” he said. “Sadly, America has now become one of those Countries, corrupt at a level not seen before.
“They even broke into my safe!”