Watergate 'in reverse'? Historians and legal analysts pan Trump's claims and point to legal peril ahead

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WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump decried the “weaponization of the Justice Department” after the unprecedented FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, on Monday as part of a federal investigation into allegations he illegally removed classified documents from the White House. 

He compared the search – which happened to fall on the 48th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation – to the 1972 break-in of the Democratic National Committee headquarters at the Watergate Hotel.

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