Furious allies of former President Donald Trump are demanding an explanation for the FBI’s raid on his Florida home, Mar-a-Lago.
The FBI and Department of Justice have yet to comment on the search, which Mr Trump disclosed on Monday evening.
It is reportedly linked to an investigation into his handling of classified and sensitive material.
It was the first time a former US president’s home has ever been searched by law enforcement.
Reports suggest the FBI activity is connected to an investigation into whether Mr Trump, a Republican, removed classified records from the White House and took them to Mar-a-Lago.
Several boxes were taken away, an unnamed law enforcement official told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, adding that no doors were kicked down and the search had concluded by late afternoon.
Mr Trump’s former Vice-President, Mike Pence, who has subtly distanced himself amid speculation they could both launch 2024 White House runs, called on the attorney general to give “a full accounting” of why the search warrant was carried out.
“No former President of the United States has ever been subject to a raid of their personal residence in American history,” he wrote on Twitter.
Mr Trump’s allies in Congress, meanwhile, vowed to launch an investigation if they win back control of the House of Representatives and Senate in November’s mid-term elections, when the balance of power in Washington will be decided.
While many Democrats welcomed the raid, others joined calls for the Department of Justice to provide more information. Some aired concerns that it could boost support for the former president.
“This could be very useful to him as many people rally around him during this time,” Dave Aronberg, the state attorney for Palm Beach, where Mar-a-Lago is based, told the BBC.
“Trump will use this to regain his martyr status.”
Source: BBC News