Trump accuses FBI of taking privileged material, says raid was 'form of Election CHEATING'

Trump asked for the FBI to return the privileged material taken from his home
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President Trump with the Ukraine flag.
Trump in front of a Ukraine flag, New York City, September 21, 2017
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Former President Donald Trump accused the FBI of taking material protected by attorney-client and executive privilege and said the agency's raid on his Mar-a-Lago home was "another form of Election CHEATING."

The search warrant for the raid showed that federal authorities were searching for classified material at Trump's Florida residence. The former president asked the FBI to return other privileged material he said agents wrongly took.

"Oh great! It has just been learned that the FBI, in its now famous raid of Mar-a-Lago, took boxes of privileged 'attorney-client' material, and also 'executive' privileged material, which they knowingly should not have taken. By copy of this TRUTH, I respectfully request that these documents be immediately returned to the location from which they were taken. Thank you!" he posted Sunday on his platform, Truth Social.

Late Saturday evening, Trump hammered on the raid's political implications. 

"The RAID was Politics, the Midterm Elections, and 2024. It’s another form of Election CHEATING That’s all the Radical Left Democrats know what to do. They use the FBI & DOJ to try and dirty up their opponents, but the people of our Country are wise to them like never before. Be careful what you wish for!" he said.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said last week that he "personally" approved the search warrant for Trump's home. He and FBI Director Christopher Wray have expressed concerns about agents being targeted in the aftermath of the raid. 

Trump and his family have asserted that Democrats ordered the raid to prevent the former president from running for reelection in 2024.