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Attorney General Merrick Garland is a decent man, and he said the right things in his statement regarding the search of Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago: “All Americans are entitled to the evenhanded application of the law, to due process of the law, and to the presumption of innocence.”It is what he didn’t say that raises disturbing questions about the process. Why didn’t the Justice Department seek to enforce the subpoena it apparently had issued, rather than seek a search warrant? Was this consistent with the “standard practice” Mr. Garland articulated in his statement—“to seek less intrusive alternatives to a search” whenever possible?
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WASHINGTON—The FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property dealt with the Justice Department’s most urgent priority in the monthslong showdown, according to officials, which was retrieving classified information. Investigators are now pursuing the next steps of the department’s criminal investigation into the handling of national security material and presidential records, a process that may take many months to play out, and will be shaped by several factors.
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The DOJ is investigating efforts to overturn the 2020 election and confiscated Rep. Scott Perry's phone. Rep. Adam Schiff said the seizure suggests the department views the fake elector's scheme as criminal. The DOJ is investigating Republican efforts to overturn the 2020 election and Rep. Scott Perry, an ally of former President Donald Trump, is apparently a key figure in the probe. Perry has said he introduced Trump to Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who believed the election was inaccurate. Perry called the seizure of his phone an "abuse of power" on Fox News' "Sunday Morning Futures."
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REUTERS/Marco Bello/File PhotoWASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - The FBI and U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) have warned law enforcement agencies of an increase in threats following a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home last week. "The FBI and DHS have observed an increase in threats to federal law enforcement and, to a lesser extent, other law enforcement and government officials following the FBI's recent execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida," the bulletin said, according to a CBS report. U.S. agencies have identified "multiple articulated threats and calls for the targeted killing of judicial, law enforcement, and government officials associated with the Palm Beach search, including the federal judge who approved the Palm Beach search warrant." read moreThe FBI declined to confirm the existence of the bulletin on Sunday, but said "The FBI is always concerned about violence and threats of violence to law enforcement." Let’s be clear: this is the direct result of irresponsible, inflammatory rhetoric demonizing law enforcement from right-wing politicians and commentators."
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Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in New York City, U.S., August 9, 2022. A search warrant released last week after the unprecedented search showed that Trump had 11 sets of classified documents at his home, and that the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations. "The Justice Department should "show that this was not just a fishing expedition, that they had due cause to go in and to do this, that they did exhaust all other means," Rounds said. The Department of Justice did respond to a request for comment on the FBI affidavit. "This is going to be up to the Justice Department to make a decision about what happened here, why it happened, and if it rises to the level of a crime," Klobuchar said.
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The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security have issued an unclassified joint intelligence bulletin warning of a spike in threats to federal law enforcement officials since the search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-lago club in Florida, two senior law enforcement officials told NBC News. “The FBI and DHS have observed an increase in threats to federal law enforcement and to a lesser extent other law enforcement and government officials following the FBI’s recent execution of a search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida," the bulletin, dated Friday, reads, according to one official. Pro-Trump internet forums erupted with violent threats and calls for civil war in the hours and days after the Mar-a-Lago search. An incident in which a man fired a nail gun into the FBI Cincinnati field office is cited in the FBI and DHS bulletin as one of the attacks on federal law enforcement, the law enforcement officials said. The man, who was identified by two law enforcement sources as Ricky Shiffer, died in a confrontation with police.
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Donald Trump arrives at Trump Tower the day after FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago Palm Beach home, in New York City, U.S., August 9, 2022. REUTERS/David 'Dee' DelgadoWASHINGTON, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Republicans stepped up calls on Sunday for the release of an FBI affidavit showing the underlying justification for its seizure of documents at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. A search warrant released last week after the unprecedented search showed that Trump had 11 sets of classified documents at his home, and that the Justice Department had probable cause to conduct the search based on possible Espionage Act violations. "The Justice Department should "show that this was not just a fishing expedition, that they had due cause to go in and to do this, that they did exhaust all other means," Rounds said. He said it was "most disturbing" that Trump continued to hold the classified documents after the Justice Department sought their return.
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Federal agents took classified documents from former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. On Monday, federal agents took 11 sets of classified documents after searching former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home. In a statement released Friday, Trump didn't deny a Washington Post report saying documents with information about nuclear weapons were part of the search. "Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more. "It really underscores the fact that nuclear weapons are too dangerous for any country or person to be able to control," she told Insider.
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Sources told NBC News that in the last days of Trump's presidency aides rushed to pack up documents. One source said Trump didn't seriously start preparing to exit the White House until after January 6. But, given the recovery of additional classified documents on Monday, the report raised questions about how cooperative and forthcoming the former president and his team have been with investigators. Trump's office did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment. During his four years in office, Trump developed a reputation for being flippant with presidential records, which are required by law to be preserved.
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The FBI recovered 11 boxes of classified documents during its raid of Mar-a-Lago on Monday. A Trump lawyer told the Justice Department in June there were no classified materials on the property, The New York Times reported. The statement was given to the Justice Department after a counterintelligence official had visited Mar-a-Lago on June 3, the outlet reported. The court documents revealed the Justice Department was investigating possible violations of three laws that related to the handling of government documents, including part of the Espionage Act. The written statement reported by the Times provides additional insight into the events that led to the Justice Department taking such an unprecedented step.
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A former DOJ official who oversaw Hillary Clinton's emails said documents retrieved at Mar-a-Lago were "egregious." FBI agents found Trump with 11 sets of highly sensitive government information. On Monday, the FBI searched former President Donald Trump's Palm Beach, Florida, home and seized 11 sets of classified documents from the former president. The release of Top Secret information can cause "exceptionally grave damage" to national security, according to Executive Order 13526. Laufman also said the discovery of the documents during the FBI's search "completely validates the government's investigation" into the former President.
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Armed supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside the FBI office in Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday. The FBI has had an "unprecedented" number of threats against bureau property since the Mar-a-Lago raid. Outside the FBI office, CNN reported that Trump supporters were carrying handguns and "assault-style weapons." An FBI spokesperson told CNN that the Phoenix protest, which around 25 people attended, was lawful and was disbanded by around noon. They did not cross into FBI property.
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Rand Paul, a Republican senator for Kentucky, called for the repeal of the Espionage Act on Saturday. Following the Mar-a-Lago raid, the DOJ is investigating if Trump violated the Espionage Act. "The Espionage Act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI," tweeted Paul. A conviction under the Espionage Act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison. "Rand Paul is now calling to repeal the Espionage Act after the world learned Donald Trump is under investigation for violating it," Booker tweeted on Saturday night.
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Trump wanted to tell AG Garland that people around the US were enraged by the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago. According to The New York Times, Trump wanted Garland to know that he had been speaking with people around the country and that they were enraged by the FBI search. was the message Trump wanted to be conveyed to Garland, a person familiar with the exchange told the paper. Several people took to social media to suggest that Trump's message to Garland could be interpreted as a veiled threat. The following day, the search warrant was unsealed by a federal judge.
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Trump was initially "upbeat" about the FBI Mar-a-Lago raid as he believed it would benefit him, per The Washington Post. GOP support began to wane following reports that Trump might have taken classified documents about nuclear weapons. In response, Trump's formerly buoyant mood has at times turned dark, the report says. Sources told The Washington Post that Trump believed the FBI raid would benefit him as it looked like the Justice Department had overreached. Following this shift in support, Trump's buoyant mood has at times turned dark, The Post reported, according to people who had been around him.
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Sen. Amy Klobuchar described the strict, secretive process for viewing classified government documents. The agency seized about a dozen boxes of classified documents from the Florida property. The FBI seized about a dozen boxes of classified documents from the Florida property last week. "As a senator, I know when I look at classified documents, I've got to go in a special room," Klobuchar said on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday. "You can't destroy federal documents or you can't take federal documents out of secure locations," Klobuchar said.
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“What he doesn’t have the right to do is possess the documents; they are not his,” Jason R. Baron, a former director of litigation at the National Archives for more than a decade, said. A spokesman for Mr. Trump did not respond to a message seeking comment. Mr. Trump used Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified material, as seen in a Justice Department investigation into her email practices in 2015 and 2016, as political fodder during his first campaign. After officials with the National Archives tried for several months to retrieve material from Mr. Trump, he turned over 15 boxes of documents in January. The next month, the National Archives confirmed the discovery of the classified information and referred the matter to the Justice Department.
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Trump’s style of handling White House documents has been described by people who worked for him as slapdash and ad hoc, contributing to the debacle he now faces. The source said that it was only after Jan. 6 — two weeks before Biden’s swearing-in — that he began to make serious preparations to vacate the White House. But the FBI collected subsequent information that indicated there were more sensitive documents, leading it to get a warrant to search Mar-a-Lago Monday. At least two dozen FBI agents executed the search warrant and carted off more boxes and records, according to the search warrant’s property receipt. But when media organizations tried to gain access to the records, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows argued in court that the records were not instantly declassified.
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If anything, Clinton suffered more mistreatment from violations of Justice Department protocols and politicization of her case than Trump has. The investigation that currently embroils the former president involves three criminal statutes as listed in the search warrant. While we seem to be far from the conclusion of the Trump investigation, we know that the Clinton investigation was lengthy and extensive. Therefore, there was no need for the issuance of a subpoena or for executing a search warrant. But we do know that investigators executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago because the Trump camp failed to respond to less-intrusive investigative efforts.
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WASHINGTON — The Republican Party’s post-FBI-raid rally around former President Donald Trump could provide an inadvertent boost to another politician: President Joe Biden. Biden wouldn’t dare touch the politics of a criminal investigation, according to White House officials and party operatives. “It only diminishes the credibility of the professional investigations that are going on.”That’s a view shared by the White House. And, most important to the White House, many are tying Republicans’ defense of Trump to Biden’s case that the party is too extreme. One Democratic lawmaker who is close to the Biden White House has a different set of mixed feelings about the raid.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention said Friday that several of the denomination’s major entities are under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in the wake of its multiple problems related to clergy sex abuse. The SBC’s Executive Committee has received a subpoena, but no individuals have been subpoenaed at this point, according to the committee’s lawyers. Earlier this year, an SBC sex abuse task force released a blistering 288-page report from outside consultant, Guidepost Solutions. The firm’s seven-month independent investigation found disturbing details about how denominational leaders mishandled sex abuse claims and mistreated victims. Southern Baptist sex abuse survivor Christa Brown, who has long called for the SBC to do more to address sex abuse across its churches, celebrated the news of the DOJ investigation.
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The bombshell disclosures were made in a search warrant approved by a U.S. magistrate judge and accompanying documents released four days after agents searched Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach. As such, Trump's claims that he declassified the documents would have no bearing on the potential legal violations at issue. LEVELS OF CLASSIFICATIONThere are three primary levels of classification for sensitive government materials: Top secret, secret and confidential. FBI agents on Monday collected four sets of top secret documents, three sets of secret documents and three sets of confidential documents, it was disclosed on Friday. Agents were revealed to have collected a set of documents labeled "classified/TS/SCI documents," a reference to top secret and sensitive compartmented material.
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Federal officials seized 11 boxes of classified information, though Trump has denied wrongdoing. Hillary Clinton and Richard Nixon are among the officials who have also been accused of mishandling records. The agency is investigating if Trump broke three federal laws related to the handling of national security information. From former President Richard Nixon to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, here are some examples that include documents, emails, and audio tapes. Berger was found to have smuggled out highly classified documents, destroying some, and lying about possessing them.
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Despite that threat, one day later, when the right-wing media outlet Breitbart News published the warrant underlying the Mar-a-Lago search, it did not redact the names of the F.B.I. Still, Ms. Kleinfeld said, there are ways of lowering the average person’s tolerance for violence. Political violence can also be made more palatable by couching it as defensive action against a belligerent enemy. “The right, at this point, is doing all three of these things at once,” Ms. Kleinfeld said. There is little evidence that Republicans and right-wing media figures have tempered their rhetoric, even as Congress and the Justice Department investigate the Jan. 6 attack.
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Breitbart and a former Trump aide have been accused of doxxing the FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid. Breitbart published an unredacted search warrant and Garrett Ziegler shared the agents' names on social media. The post is no longer available on Truth Social, but parts are still up on his Telegram channel at the time of writing. Providing agents' work emails is not doxing, nor a violation of 18 USC 119," he wrote on Truth Social. On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that he had asked a court to unseal the search warrant the FBI received before searching Trump's Florida estate.
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