Eric Trump said FBI agents “ransacked” his father’s office and broke into a safe during a raid of the former president’s Mar-a-Lago estate.
In a Monday night interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, the younger Trump said he was the one who alerted Donald Trump about the FBI’s unannounced search of the Florida property earlier in the day.
“I was the guy that got the call this morning. And I called my father and let him know that it happened,” Eric Trump said of the raid.
The former first son confirmed to Hannity that FBI agents conducted the raid to search for any potential confidential documents Donald Trump may have in his possession at Mar-a-Lago.
He blasted the search as politically motivated and insinuated his father is a victim in the investigation.
“To have 30 FBI agents — actually more than that — descend on Mar-a-Lago, give absolutely, you know, no notice, go through the gates, start ransacking an office, ransacking a closet,” Eric Trump griped. “You know, they broke into a safe. He didn’t even have anything in the safe.”
He said Democrats have placed a target on his father’s back over fears that he will run again in 2024.
“They do it for one reason, because they don’t want Donald Trump to run and win again in 2024 and, Sean, that’s what this is about today,” he said.
The Justice Department is investigating Donald Trump’s management of classified documents and the FBI raid Monday is a part of that probe.
The federal agency was tipped off earlier this year when the National Archives and Records Administration said it found classified materials in 15 boxes at Mar-a-Lago.
The agents were searching for additional documents at the Florida property Monday.
Eric Trump said his father had been cooperating with the National Archives as well as the investigation. He felt there was no need for an unannounced raid.
“You want to search for anything, if you think anything — like, you know, come right ahead,” he said on Hannity. “I mean, it was — it was an open-door policy and all of a sudden, 30 agents descend upon Mar-a-Lago?”
Donald Trump may have violated a federal law which prohibits the removal and relocation of classified documents to unauthorized locations.
However, Eric Trump said the raid was merely “more political persecution of Donald J. Trump”
“They want to attack a guy who they view as his greatest threat, is Biden’s greatest threat,” he continued. “And that’s exactly what Donald J. Trump is. Because you know what? He had an incredibly strong country.”