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Evacuation Orders Ahead of Hurricane Include Mar-a-Lago

Nicole could erode Florida beaches already damaged by Ian

(Newser) - A Florida-bound storm strengthened into Hurricane Nicole on Wednesday after pounding the Bahamas, as US officials ordered evacuations that included former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club. It's a rare November hurricane for storm-weary Florida, where only two such hurricanes have made landfall since recordkeeping began in 1853—the...

Report: Trump Aide Granted Immunity in Mar-a-Lago Case

Kash Patel invoked the Fifth Amendment in grand jury appearance last month

(Newser) - A top adviser to former President Trump has been granted immunity and ordered to testify before a grand jury investigating Trump's handling of classified documents after leaving office, sources tell outlets including the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times . Former Defense Department official Kash Patel appeared before...

Supreme Court Turns Down Trump's Request on Files

Justices stay out of fight over criminal investigation of former president

(Newser) - Update: This file has been updated with the context of the Supreme Court's earlier ruling allowing a House committee access to certain White House documents. Former President Trump failed Thursday in his attempt to pull the Supreme Court into the legal fight over classified documents seized by the FBI...

Employee Says Trump Ordered Boxes Moved After Subpoena

And security camera footage may show exactly that happening at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Former President Trump directed employees to move boxes of documents after he was subpoenaed in May for any classified documents still in his possession, according to a Trump employee who spoke to federal agents. Sources familiar with the FBI investigation into Trump's handling of classified documents talked to the...

Justice Department to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No
DOJ to Supreme Court:
Tell Trump No

DOJ to Supreme Court: Tell Trump No

DoJ asks high court to deny Trump's appeal in Mar-a-Lago raid case

(Newser) - The Justice Department on Tuesday responded to the bid by former President Trump's legal team last week requesting that the Supreme Court intervene in the Mar-a-Lago raid case. In its filing, the DoJ asked the high court to deny the Trump team's appeal to the SCOTUS requesting that...

Trump, Bush, a Bowling Alley, and a Chinese Restaurant

Here is what the former president was talking about

(Newser) - A lot of headlines have been floating around the last few days about former President George HW Bush, a bowling alley, and a Chinese restaurant. The weird combination stems from comments made by former President Trump at a political rally, where he was defending his handling of presidential documents and...

Trump Wants SCOTUS to Intervene in Mar-a-Lago Case

He wants special master to review classified documents seized from his estate

(Newser) - Lawyers for former President Donald Trump asked the Supreme Court on Tuesday to step into the legal fight over the classified documents seized during an FBI search of his Florida estate, escalating a dispute over the powers of an independent arbiter appointed to inspect the records. The Trump team asked...

Judge: Trump Doesn't Have to Declare FBI Planted Evidence

Federal judge overrules special master

(Newser) - The federal judge who granted Donald Trump's request to have a special master review documents seized from Mar-a-Lago has overruled the special master. US District Court Judge Aileen Cannon issued an order Thursday rejecting the faster timeline the independent arbiter had proposed for the review, Politico reports. She also...

Trump: Presidents Can Declassify Info Just by Thinking It

Former president tells Hannity all Mar-a-Lago papers were declassified

(Newser) - As the Justice Department moves ahead with a possible criminal case against Donald Trump over his handling of classified documents, the former president is doubling down on a basic line of defense. Trump told Sean Hannity of Fox News Wednesday that everything at Mar-a-Lago was, in fact, declassified because he...

'Overwhelming Victory' for Justice Dept. in Trump Probe

Court lifts hold on Mar-a-Lago records

(Newser) - In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump's legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president's Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation, the AP reports. The ruling from a three-judge...

Biden Says 'the Pandemic Is Over'
Biden Says
Is Over'
'60 minutes' interview

Biden Says 'Pandemic Is Over'

And more from president's '60 Minutes' interview

(Newser) - President Biden appeared on 60 Minutes Sunday night in what the AP refers to as a "rare" interview, discussing the COVID-19 pandemic and the raid on former President Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence, among other things. His declaration on the state of the pandemic in the US was fairly bold:...

DOJ to Appeals Court: Probe Delay May Cause 'Irreparable Harm'

Agency asks court to block judge's ruling keeping it from classified records seized at Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - Update: As anticipated, the Justice Department on Friday put in a request with a federal appeals court to temporarily put on hold a Trump-appointed judge's order that's keeping it from reviewing hundreds of pages of classified materials seized during the August raid of the former president's estate...

Trump Warns of 'Problems' in US if He's Indicted

'That’s not inciting. I'm just saying what my opinion is,' says the former president

(Newser) - Donald Trump is predicting big, if unspecified, trouble in the US if he is indicted over his handling of classified documents. "I think if it happened, I think you'd have problems in this country the likes of which perhaps we’ve never seen before," he said on...

Trump Lawyers: 'Misguided' Inquiry Is a Mess

They urge judge to keep directive in place against inquiry into Mar-a-Lago documents

(Newser) - A criminal investigation into the presence of top-secret information at former President Trump's Florida home has "spiraled out of control," his lawyers said Monday in urging a judge to leave in place a directive that temporarily halted core aspects of the Justice Department's probe. The Trump...

Justice Department to Fight Judge on Trump Special Master

Prosecutors will appeal ruling to have outside party review documents taken from Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - The Justice Department has decided to appeal a Florida judge's decision to have an outside party, called a special master, assess the documents FBI agents removed from former President Donald Trump's home. The department plans to take the case to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the Washington ...

Sources: Some Papers Seized at Mar-a-Lago Were Beyond Top Secret

Sources say at least one describes nuclear capabilities of a foreign government

(Newser) - The FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago last month recovered a document describing the military defenses—including nuclear capabilities—of a foreign government, according to sources who spoke to the Washington Post . The sources did not name the government. The Post previously reported that agents were specifically looking for documents related to...

Judge Grants Trump's Special Master Request

Outside expert will review classified documents seized from Mar-a-Lago

(Newser) - In a move that will slow down the Justice Department's investigation of classified material found at Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, a federal judge has granted the former president's request to have a "special master" review the seized documents. US District Judge Aileen M. Cannon, who was...

On Unsealed FBI Inventory List: 90 Empty Folders at Mar-a-Lago

48 of them were marked 'classified'; it's not clear where the contents are, or when they vanished

(Newser) - As more details continue to emerge in the wake of the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago last month, a federal judge gave the green light Thursday to unseal a more detailed list of inventory recovered from former President Trump's resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Among the revelations this newly...

Judge Looks to Be Siding With Trump on 'Special Master'

She gives an indication she's willing to appoint one, but hasn't ruled yet

(Newser) - Update: At a hearing Thursday, a federal judge "appeared to give a boost" to the Trump legal team's request for a special master, as the AP puts it. Though the judge said she would issue a ruling later, she pondered, "Ultimately, what is the harm" in appointing...

DOJ: Efforts Were Made to Obstruct Mar-a-Lago Probe

Court filing responds to Trump team's request for a special master to be appointed

(Newser) - The Justice Department said Tuesday it had uncovered efforts to obstruct its investigation into the discovery of classified documents at former President Trump's Florida estate, saying “government records were likely concealed and removed” from a storage room even after Trump's representatives had assured officials that they'd...

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