Trump News Today: Justice Department Resists Release of Mar-a-Lago Raid Evidence

What happened during the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago?

The Justice Department on Monday rejected efforts to release the affidavit in support of the search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

The DoJ said the investigation “implies highly classified material” and that the document contained confidential information about witnesses.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump has given his first interview since the raid, a discussion with Fox News Digital in which he conceded that the temperature of public discourse “needs to be lowered” while angry supporters rage over the FBI crackdown.

However, he continued to portray the raid as part of a political witch hunt against him, rather than a law enforcement action carried out under due process.

“The country is in a very dangerous position,” Mr Trump warned the outlet. “There’s tremendous anger like I’ve never seen before over all the scams and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts and now this.”

The FBI has warned that threats against federal law enforcement officers will increase dramatically after the raid.

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The Justice Department is resisting the release of the FBI’s affidavit behind the Mar-a-Lago raid

The Justice Department has denied efforts to release the affidavit in support of the search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.

The DoJ said the investigation “implies highly classified material” and that the document contained confidential information about witnesses.

The government’s opposition came in response to court filings from several news organizations attempting to unseal the underlying affidavit.

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Rand Paul ridiculed the call to repeal the Espionage Act

“The Espionage Act was abused from the start to imprison World War I dissidents. It is high time to end this egregious affront to the 1st amendment,” Mr. Paul tweeted Saturday night.

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Trump asked Merrick Garland how he could “turn down the heat” before the FBI warrant was unsealed, the report said

Donald Trump personally appealed to Attorney General Merrick Garland before the FBI warrant behind the Mar-a-Lago raid was unsealed, a new report says.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday he had consented to the search at Mar-a-Lago, and he indicated the Department of Justice (DOJ) would not have done so without first taking less intrusive action.

The New York Times reports that a message was sent to Mr Garland just before he made his statement on Thursday.

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Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage subpoenaed by US Department of Justice

Surveillance video subpoenaed by the Justice Department has raised concerns that Donald Trump may still have some classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

DOJ investigators subpoenaed a 60-day period of video “including views from outside the storage room,” reported The New York Times.

Graeme Massie has the details.

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Polls show the FBI crackdown gave Trump a 10-point lead over DeSantis

The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate gave the former president a 10-point lead over likely 2024 rival Ron DeSantis among GOP primary voters, according to a new poll.

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Trump demands FBI return documents from Mar-a-Lago

Donald Trump is asking the Justice Department to release some of the documents seized Monday in a raid at his Mar-a-Lago, Florida resort and residence.

In a Truth Social post, the former president was responding to a Fox News report on Saturday that said the FBI had informed Mr Trump’s team after the raid that some of the documents seized were protected by attorney-client privilege.

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The report states that Trump’s attorney notified the US Department of Justice that all classified information had been returned

An attorney for former President Donald Trump reportedly told the Justice Department that all classified material at Mar-a-Lago was returned in June.

At least one member of Mr Trump’s legal team signed a written statement earlier this summer saying all materials marked confidential held in boxes at Mr Trump’s private club and home in Florida were handed over to the government, according to four people were handed over to the one who was spoken to The New York Times.

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Did Trump leak the Mar-a-Lago search warrant?

Donald Trump is under fire for allegedly disclosing the entire unredacted warrant and “endangering” FBI agents who raided his Mar-a-Lago home as part of an investigation to remove official records from the White House.

A judge unsealed a redacted version of Mar-a-Lago search warrant documents, showing the Justice Department seized 11 sets of classified documents, including some with the highest classifications.

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ICYMI: Trump’s attorney claims the investigation would be dropped if he says he won’t run in 2024

Donald Trump’s lawyer has claimed all investigations into him will be dropped if he says he will not run in 2024.

“I’ve said it 100 times – when he’s not leading in the polls – I’ve sat across from him, every time he gets frustrated I say to him, ‘Mr President, if you want me to settle all your litigation, You should announce you’re not running for office and all of this will stop,'” the former president’s attorney, Alina Habba, told Real America’s Voice.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

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John Bolton: Trump’s excuses about secret papers show ‘desperation’

Many Republicans appear to buy into Donald Trump’s baseless allegations about the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home, but his former national security adviser is not one of them.

John Bolton spoke along The New York Times for an interview published on Sunday and said clearly that Mr Trump’s claims that FBI agents had planted evidence and only taken declassified documents were untrue.

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