By Stacey M. Brown, Senior National Correspondent, NNPA Newswire
@StacyBrownMedia

The FBI on Monday executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

“My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, occupied and occupied by a large group of FBI agents,” Trump said in a statement first provided by CNN.

It was not immediately clear what the FBI was looking for or what prompted the raid.

However, the Justice Department recently acknowledged that it had opened an investigation into Trump’s actions in the run-up to Jan. 6.

Several outlets cited people familiar with the investigation in their reports.

The publications noted that prosecutors questioned witnesses before the grand jury about conversations with Trump.

“Some of the questions focused on voter replacement by Trump allies in states won by President Joe Biden and a campaign to pressure then-Vice President Mike Pence to cancel the election,” the Washington Post reported earlier this month.

The newspaper reported that the Justice Department obtained phone records of aides, including Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

The Justice Department, Trump’s spokesman and Meadows’ attorney did not respond to requests for comment.

In an interview with NBC Nightly News last week, US Attorney General Merrick Garland said “anyone” would be prosecuted.

“We will prosecute anyone who has been criminally responsible for attempting to obstruct the lawful, lawful transfer of power from one administration to another,” Garland said.

The former president declared the election rigged “right away on election night, before there was a chance to review the evidence,” former US Attorney William Barr said in taped testimony released by committee members in June.

Matt Morgan, the Trump campaign’s general counsel, submitted video testimony in which he noted that “law firms were uncomfortable making public arguments by (attorney and adviser) Rudy Giuliani” about election fraud.

One lawmaker described Giuliani as “apparently drunk.”

At the same time, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner testified that the former president was waiting in the White House in a room with advisers, awaiting the results of the election.

Meanwhile, former Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien said his boss disagreed with those who suggested it was too early to call the election.

“They were going to go in a different direction,” said Kushner, who admitted he told Trump “I would have taken the wrong approach if I were you.”

After Joe Biden won the election, Trump publicly declared himself the winner, and the Big Lie began.

He told his supporters in the White House, including Barr, that there was a big swing in Detroit.

“I said, ‘Has anyone noticed — all the people who have been complaining about this have pointed out that you actually did better in Detroit than you did last time?’ – said Barr.

The former attorney general said “there is no sign of fraud in Detroit.”

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