Rolling coverage of the latest developments following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago
Justice Department asks court to unseal Trump Mar-a-Lago estate FBI search warrant
He wrote on Truth Social: “Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents.”
Hy het bygevoeg: “Release the documents now!”
FBI agents were looking for “classified nuclear documents” during the raid, volgens 'n nuwe verslag. Die Departement van Justisie has filed a motion to unseal the search warrant used by federal agents to seize documents from the former president’s Florida home.
Attorney general Merrick Garland announced the move earlier on Thursday, stressing that the decision was not taken lightly and that he personally authorised the decision to seek the warrant.
The former president and some members of his legal team have claimed without providing proof that agents may have planted evidence at his home.
What is the growing ‘Dark Brandon’ meme phenomenon?
During a post-race interview with Nascar driver Brandon Brown in October 2021, newscaster Kellie Stavast believed the crowd behind him – clearly chanting “f*** Joe Biden” – was instead cheering him on with “let’s go, Brandon”.
“Let’s go, Brandon” or even just “Brandon” quickly became shorthand on the American right to broadcast a middle finger to the president, a rallying cry plastered on T-shirts, bumper stickers, yard signs and across the internet.
It was later adopted broadly to criticise the administration and express disappointment with a president critics perceived as woefully ill-equipped for reality.
After a string of “good news” for the Biden agenda, wit Huis officials elevated a meme from terminally online obscurity, reclaiming ironic images of a tired and gaffe-prone president cast as a demi-god-like figure.
Alex Woodward takes a look at the meme.
The fascist ‘Dark MAGA’ aesthetic flourished in fringe online spaces with explicit calls for violence. Liberals embraced Joe Biden’s ironic transformation as a laser-eyed antidote, Alex Woodward berig
Scott Perry claims he is not target of investigation after his phone is seized
A Republican congressman who recently had his phone seized by the FBI is running damage control and insisting that he is not accused of wrongdoing.
Rep Scott Perry went on Fox News on Wednesday to tell viewers that he is not a “target” of the FBI’s investigation — which apparently is centred at least for now around former President Donald Trump’s supposedly illegal obtention of classified documents from the White House.
John Bowden reports.
GOP congressman informed he is a ‘witness’, not a ‘target’, of FBI investigation
Trump says he won’t contest publication of Mar-a-Lago search warrant
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Trump says he is encouraging justice department to ‘release the documents now’
Beto O’Rourke calls voter a ‘motherf***er’
Mr O’Rourke was briefly describing horrific details from the May shooting that claimed the lives of 19 children and two teachers on Wednesday in Mineral Wells when laughter arose from a heckler in the audience.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
“It may be funny to you, motherf***er, but it’s not funny to me,” Democrat tells man laughing during school shooting discussion
Donald Trump won’t oppose the move by Justice Department to make the warrant public
Donald Trump said late on Thursday that he won’t oppose the move by the Justice Department to make the warrant public.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said that he had “personally approved the decision to seek a search warrant” for former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Florida.
Mr Trump wrote on his social media platform Truth Social late on Thursday that “not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents.”
Insiders say Trump is panicking as Kushner and Melania pointed to as possible moles in FBI raid
Donald Trump is reportedly trying to hunt down someone who could’ve communicated with federal authorities, writes Gustaf Kilander.
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Donald Trump is reportedly trying to hunt down someone who could’ve communicated with federal authorities
How the lawyerly Merrick Garland just called Donald Trump’s bluff
“The property receipt is a document that federal law requires law enforcement agents to leave with the property owner,” Merrick Garland said on Thursday.
“The Department filed the motion to make public the warrant and receipt, in light of the former president’s public confirmation of the search, some of the surrounding circumstances, and the substantial public interest in this matter," hy het bygevoeg.
Or to put it another way, either put up or shut up, Mr Trump, skryf Andrew Buncombe.
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Analise: Pretty soon we will learn who is telling the truth
Trump wyk af met nog 'n sameswering oor Truth Social terwyl Merrick Garland 'n beroep doen om Mar-a-Lago lasbrief te ontseël
In a Truth Social post that came as Merrick Garland publicly addressed the search of Donald Trump’s Florida home, the former president questioned why the Justice Department was not investigating Barack Obama for presidential records that the Obama presidential library is digitising for later publication.
“Ek hou aan om te vra, wat het gebeur met die 33 miljoen bladsye wat deur president Obama na Chicago geneem is?” Mr Trump complained.
“Die Fake News Media weier om daaroor te praat,”Gaan hy voort. “Hulle wil hê dit moet GEKANSELLEER word!”
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Former president lashes out at one of his favourite targets as feds call his bluff
Trump’s former transportation secretary met with Jan 6 komitee, verslag sê
The House select committee investigating the January 6 riots of last year has recently interviewed former transportation secretary Elaine Chao.
The committee has also been in talks with former education secretary Betsy DeVos and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, CNN berig.
Quoting multiple sources, it reported that Mr O’Brien is expected to appear virtually before the panel on Friday.
Ms Chao and Ms DeVos resigned a day after the attack on the US Capitol and called for removing the former president Donald Trump from power.
Trump faces multiple investigations
Donald Trump is under several congressional, civil and criminal investigations, which range from his business interests and allegations of tax fraud to his efforts to undermine the 2020 presidential election and fuel violence at the US Capitol.
The former president, his family business, real estate interests and political allies are under scrutiny from federal investigators, state attorneys and members of Congress.
Alex Woodward has put together a list of the key probes involving Mr Trump and where they currently stand following an unprecedented FBI raid at his Palm Beach, Florida home at Mar-a-Lago aan 8 Augustus.
The former president, his business and allies are under scrutiny for tax fraud allegations, real estate practices and a plot to steal the 2020 verkiesing