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Trump says 'nuclear weapons issue is a hoax' after FBI raid

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Then-US President Donald Trump speaks to the press from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, on November 22, 2018. (Getty Images file photo)

Former US President Donald Trump has said that the "nuclear weapons issue is a hoax" in response to a Washington Post report that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents sought nuclear documents in a search of his Florida home on Monday.

A report in The Washington Post, citing informed sources and experts, said on Thursday the search underscores the concern among government officials about the types of information located at Mar-a-Lago, the Palm Beach club where Trump lives, and the danger of it falling into wrong hands.

The report quotes experts as saying that material about nuclear weapons is "especially sensitive and usually restricted to a small number of government officials.”

The Post said it was not clear if such documents were recovered at Trump’s house in Palm Beach.

On Friday morning, Trump said on his Truth Social startup social media platform that the "nuclear weapons issue is a hoax" equating it to controversies involving Russia, his two impeachments and the Mueller investigation.

"Same sleazy people involved," he said.

American judicial officials have said that more details of this investigation will be made available to the public in the coming days.

Some lawyers, while publishing a motion seeking to unseal the search warrant, in this case, said the public’s "clear and powerful interest in understanding what occurred under these circumstances weighs heavily in favor of unsealing.”

Media reports suggest the FBI’s action is part of a US Justice Department investigation into Trump's removal of official records to his Florida estate while leaving the White House following the end of his presidential term early last year.


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