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Redacted search warrant affidavit used by FBI ​to raid Donald Trump’s ​Mar-a-Lago ​are ​released

Fourteen boxes taken from ex-President Donald Trump’s Florida estate by the FBI contained documents marked classified, it was revealed yesterday.

Redacted search warrant affidavit used by FBI ​to raid Donald Trump’s ​Mar-a-Lago ​are ​released

The US justice department revealed yesterday that 14 boxes taken from ex-president Donald Trump’s Florida estate contained documents marked classified.

The FBI retrieved 14 boxes from ex-President Donald Trump’s Florida estate in January, and the documents contained “a lot of classified records”.

Mr Trump claims his passports were stolen during the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago, but denies any wrongdoing.

Read the redacted document justifying the Trump Mar-a-Lago raid

The Justice Department released on Friday a redacted copy of the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s resort home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Read the 32-page affidavit that lays out the FBI’s probable cause to search Trump’s home.

Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit released

Donald Trump Mar-a-Lago search warrant affidavit released. Channel 4 News

The FBI found 184 documents with classification markings at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL. The Justice Department released a legal brief explaining why it proposed the redactions to the affidavit.

The FBI searched Trump’s office on August 8 after becoming suspicious that his team wasn’t being fully truthful about the situation.

News outlets filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the warrant materials, and Trump has previously called for its release. The pace of the proceedings around the search has showcased the disarray in Trump’s legal response to the investigation.

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FBI search warrant affidavit

The FBI told a judge that there was probable cause to believe that classified national security materials were improperly taken to “unauthorized” locations at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, and that a search would also likely find “evidence of obstruction”.

The Justice Department sought a warrant after the National Archives recovered 15 boxes of presidential materials from Mar-a-Lago. The FBI found 184 documents with classification markings, including 67 documents marked as CONFIDENTIAL.

The Justice Department released a legal brief explaining why it proposed the redactions to the affidavit, including possible threats to witnesses. The brief said revealing the affidavit’s details could adversely impact the investigation.

The government has concerns that revealing facts in the affidavit could frustrate or interfere with the investigation.

The FBI released a sworn affidavit on Friday, written by a special agent who was trained in counterintelligence and espionage investigations.

A special agent authored an affidavit saying that several documents contained national defense information and the former president’s handwritten notes.

The FBI searched Mar-a-Lago on August 8 after becoming suspicious that Trump’s team wasn’t being fully truthful about the situation.

The FBI used a “Privilege Review Team” to search Trump’s office to protect against potential attorney-client privilege issues. If the team determined that any documents were potentially attorney-client privileged, they could seek a court determination or disclose the documents to the potential privilege holder.

After news of the search broke, news outlets filed a lawsuit seeking the release of the warrant materials. The Justice Department was initially willing to release some of the warrant documents, but prosecutors balked at releasing the warrant affidavit itself.

Trump has previously called for its release and shared audio on Truth Social saying that he did nothing wrong.

The audio appears to have been recorded prior to the affidavit being unsealed Friday afternoon, and Trump said that the campaign was attacked before the midterms.

President Joe Biden mocked Trump for claiming to have declassified all the material he took with him to Mar-a-Lago, and said he doesn’t know the details and doesn’t want to know.

Trump’s attorneys did not raise objections to the search before Reinhart, but did so in a separate lawsuit filed before a different judge. He asked for a special master to oversee the FBI’s review of the materials it seized at Mar-a-Lago.

The pace of the proceedings around the FBI’s search has showcased the disarray in Trump’s legal response to the investigation, according to documents that have been made public.

Heckler interrupts Biden’s speech at Maryland rally yelling “You stole the election!”

At a rally in Maryland Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was interrupted by a heckler who shouted that he had stolen the election.

Heckler interrupts Biden’s speech at Maryland rally yelling “You stole the election!”

The president said, “Let him go,” and “That’s OK,” before offering a comeback, saying that the Democrats had never given up on the American people.

Heckler claimed 2020 election was stolen

Joe Biden had harsh words for a heckler who interrupted his speech at a midterm fundraiser and rally in Maryland on Thursday night. He also addressed his views of the politics of the current Republican party.

Mr Biden said that the MAGA philosophy was like semi-fascism and that he respected conservative Republicans.

Observers say the Democratic party is in a better position to compete than it was during the summer of inflation and high gas prices.

White House has been similarly sharp-elbowed when defending the president’s student loan forgiveness program. Calling out Marjorie Taylor Greene for criticizing the plan.

If Biden decides not to run for reelection, he faces a big threat: Being a lame duck

Michael J. Faber, Texas State University

As President Joe Biden’s approval ratings continue to hover around 40% and polls consistently show that most Americans do not want him to run for reelection, Biden’s spokespeople insist that he plans to run.

It would be more surprising if he did not run.

President Joe Biden delivers the State of the Union address in the U.S. Capitol on March 1, 2022, among many lawmakers who may want his job. Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Images

No eligible sitting president has declined to run for reelection since 1968. Announcing that he does not plan to run would make Biden an early lame duck and make it much harder for him to accomplish his goals.

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What is a lame duck president?

A lame-duck president leaves office at a known time. Second-term presidents and presidents who have just lost their reelection campaign both fall into this category, as well as presidents who choose not to seek a second term.

In nature, a lame duck is particularly vulnerable to predators because it cannot keep up with the other ducks. Before the term was applied to politics, it was used in the financial industry in 18th-century England to refer to someone in financial distress and thus vulnerable to creditors. In politics, lame ducks are defenseless against rivals because the rest of the political world has moved on and left them stumbling behind.

For the period between the election in November and inauguration in January, lame ducks are often unable to do anything legislatively. Instead, they are able to accomplish only what they can do on their own.

This is when many presidents issue a lot of pardons, particularly controversial ones. But their legislative records during their lame-duck period are dismal, since Congress has little incentive to work with someone who will soon be gone.

Post-election lame ducks have been a political problem since early in American history.

In 1801, John Adams appointed dozens of “midnight judges” to seats created by the Federalist Congress, to try to limit the powers of incoming President Thomas Jefferson and his allies in Congress.

A man at a lectern in a suit and tie gestures with his hands while another man, also in a suit and tie, stands next to him, listening.
U.S. President Barack Obama, left, stands with Judge Merrick B. Garland at the White House while nominating him to the U.S. Supreme Court on March 16, 2016. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

In 1861, outgoing President James Buchanan did nothing to try to stop the secession of Southern states, seeing them as Abraham Lincoln’s problem. Benjamin Harrison took steps in 1893 to try to damage the economy just to make it harder for Grover Cleveland to govern. Herbert Hoover in 1933 would not change course on economic policy, despite the public’s electing Franklin Roosevelt and clearly wanting change.

By the early 1930s, frustration with these lame-duck periods led to the adoption of the 20th Amendment, which moved the date of presidential inaugurations back from March 4 to Jan. 20, shortening the lame-duck period by six weeks.

With less time to linger, presidents have still found ways to take a lot of little actions to try to build their legacy, protect their accomplishments or, especially for those who have lost a reelection campaign, to make life more difficult for the next president. Barack Obama used executive orders in the final two years of his presidency to achieve policy goals he had been unable to push through Congress. Donald Trump used executive orders to make last-minute changes intended to create additional headaches for Joe Biden.

‘Old news’ – 2024 presidential election

Some presidents are lame ducks for longer periods – the ones who cannot run again after serving two terms, or the rare few who have announced during their first term that they will not run for reelection. They face a different governing problem.

Second-term presidents are generally able to accomplish things for the first two years of their second term, perhaps three if they are popular. But once the next election cycle starts, the press and the public both shift their attention to the candidates, and the president loses a great deal of his ability to control the media narrative or reach the public.

Once candidates declare that they are running, the press treats lame-duck presidents as old news, with a dismissive attitude toward anything the outgoing president might be doing.

Congress, especially one controlled by the opposition party, will often take a similar approach. In Obama’s final year as president, for example, Republicans in Congress blocked all his efforts, including his attempt to appoint a justice to a Supreme Court vacancy.

As a scholar of the presidency who has studied elections and transitions, I believe that if Biden announces he is not running for reelection, there will be an immediate and unavoidable shift in the media, Congress and the Democratic Party leadership to a focus on the 2024 election. He will face the same kind of treatment past lame ducks have experienced, especially if the Republicans win control of the House or the Senate, or both, in the 2022 midterm elections.

Opens the field – Biden 2024

Biden’s fate at the hands of Congress, the press and the public may be even worse, since a decision not to run again is very likely to be seen as a failure.

Only three first-term presidents have declined to run for a second term. The most similar case was Lyndon Johnson, who had served about five years, finishing the term of the assassinated President John F. Kennedy before being elected to a full term of his own in 1964.

When Johnson decided not to run for reelection in 1968, he was losing public support in the face of an unpopular war in Vietnam and major opposition from within his own party.

President Lyndon Baines Johnson announces he will not run for reelection in 1968.

It is not clear exactly when he decided not to run again, but his announcement that he was not running was not made until after the New Hampshire primary in early 1968. By that point, his ability to effectively govern had already been badly damaged by fallout from the Vietnam War, and media attention quickly shifted away from him to focus on the candidates who might replace him.

If Biden announces he is not running, that will open up the field for potential Democratic candidates who are not willing to run against a sitting president of their own party. These candidates will want to know as soon as possible so they can launch their campaigns early.

But Biden will want to delay the announcement to keep the media focus on his administration and the policy goals he hopes to achieve, especially those that require action by Congress. After all, his term of office continues until Jan. 20, 2025, whether he runs again or not. To accomplish anything in those last two years he will need to keep the media and Congress focused on his administration.

This will cause a strain between the would-be presidents and the man who currently holds the office. But Biden, like any president, is more concerned with his own agenda than with the campaigns of others. His agenda stands a better chance if he runs than if he does not.

Still, the combination of old age and unpopularity makes it plausible that Biden would decide to forgo a second term. If he makes that decision, he will likely hold off as long as possible before announcing it. From the moment he becomes a lame duck, the most productive days of his presidency are sure to be behind him.The Conversation

Michael J. Faber, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Texas State University

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

FBI agents raided Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida

Donald Trump, former president, said that the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Allegedly opening his safe as well. The raid was not necessary or appropriate according to Donald Trump. He blames Democrats who don’t want him to run for president in 2024.

Trump says Mar-a-Lago was “raided” by FBI. #trump #news #breakingnews.

Former President Donald Trump said that the FBI agents had searched his Mar-a-Lago club and residence in Palm Beach, Fla., and opened his safe.

The FBI and Department of Justice declined to comment on this, but Eric Trump said the search could be related to the mismanagement of government secrets within the White House.

The younger Trump said that he received a call about the raid and informed his father early Monday morning.

Apparently, the former President is under a lot more scrutiny from federal investigations than we know.

Trump’s political action committee has issued a statement saying Mar-a-Lago was raided by FBI agents.

Trump believes that the Democrats are behind this and that they want to prevent him from running for president in 2024.

The National Archives said it had retrieved 15 boxes of papers from Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property, including “items marked as classified national security information”.

Some of Donald Trump’s supporters have expressed their anger at the search of his property. Kevin McCarthy said the search was an example of weaponised politicisation.

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Magnum, P.I. star Roger E. Mosley dies in a car crash at 83

Roger E. Mosley, famous for his role as TC from “Magnum, P.I. “, died on Sunday at 83. Last week, a car crash left Mosley severely injuired. Suffering from paralysis, he was seen last Saturday surrounded by his family who were mourning the loss of their loved one.

Magnum P.I. star Roger Mosley dies at 83, the family announces

As his daughter announced his death, she said he would dislike tears shed in his memory. Now is the time to celebrate the legacy he left behind; he was an amazing man.

More than 150 episodes of Magnum, P.I. featured Mosley as a hit character alongside Tom Selleck.

Along with “Magnum, P.I.,” the Los Angeles-born actor played the role of Coach Ricketts in the 1990s sitcom “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper.”

He has appeared on numerous popular TV series such as “Sanford and Son,” “Love Boat,” “Kojak,” “The Rockford Files,” and “Starsky and Hutch.”

Born in LA, Mosley grew up in the Imperial Courts public housing in Watts and appeared in a number of films throughout the ’70s, including the crime drama “Hit Man” and the John Wayne drama “McQ”.

Mosley’s character on “Magnum, P.I.” provided representation to the Black community, and he refused to smoke and drink on the show or in real life. Many shared fond memories of watching Mosley onscreen, and one writer said the show wouldn’t be the same without him.