White House makes first official comments on raid at Trump’s Florida residence
Trump supporters rally outside Mar-a-Lago after news of FBI raid
“The president was not briefed, was not aware of it, no. No one at the White House was given a heads-up,” she said in the first remarks from the White House on the raid.
Mr Biden learned about the search at Mr Trump’s private property through public reports, she said, adding that the administration “learned about this just like the American people did.”
Mr Trump accused his successor at the White House, in an unevidenced claim, that Mr Biden “knew” that his plush estate was going to be raided by the FBI.
“Biden knew all about this, just like he knew all about Hunter’s ‘deals,’” Mr Trump posted on his Truth Social website on Tuesday night, the day after federal agents executed a search warrant at his sprawling estate in Palm Beach while he was in New York.
ICYMI: FBI seized 10 boxes of evidence in raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home – report
About 10 boxes of material were seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s home at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources familiar with the matter.
The late Monday search is related to the Justice Department’s investigation into how the former president handled sensitive documents at the end of his administration.
It is believed that the raid was likely approved by top law enforcement officials like Attorney General Merrick Garland, a Biden appointee, and FBI chief Christopher Wray, a Trump appointee.
Read the full report here:
Seizure reportedly not part of January 6 investigation
Giuliani caught lying about inability to fly in attempt to delay grand jury appearance
Former Trump attorney Rudolph Giuliani was caught lying to Georgia prosecutors in an attempt to get out of travelling to Atlanta to appear before a grand jury that is investigating former president Donald Trump’s attempt to pressure Georgia officials into overturning Joe Biden’s 2020 election win there.
Last month, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ office issued a subpoena for Mr Giuliani to appear before a special grand jury she convened earlier this year. The panel is probing whether Mr Trump or his associates broke Georgia law by pressuring Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp to “find” enough non-existent votes to reverse the ex-president’s loss to Mr Biden.
Mr Giuliani was set to appear before the grand jury on 9 August, but in court documents, the ex-New York City mayor’s lawyers argued that a recent cardiac procedure left him unable to travel on the advice of his physicians.
Prosecutors say Mr Giuliani purchased airline tickets after his lawyers claimed he was unable to fly because of a recent cardiac procedure
Trump’s ex-press secretary denies being source of flushed documents images
Former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham has claimed that former president Donald Trump “did not handle classified documents properly” while in office – but has denied speculation that she was the source of images showing papers he had torn up floating in toilets.
Andrew Naughtie reports.
‘I would def not have followed that guy into the bathroom after he used it,’ wrote former-aide-turned-critic
How GOP plans to weaponise FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid for midterms
There may not be a lot that is clear about the Florida raid — how many FBI agents carried it out, what materials were recovered and who signed off the order to carry out the raids at Mar-a-Lago.
But it is immediately clear that Republicans will seek to use it to their advantage.
Nobody was more dramatic in their description of what had happened than Donald Trump himself.
“Nothing like this has ever happened to a president of the United States before. After working and cooperating with the relevant government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate,” he claimed. “It is prosecutorial misconduct, the weaponisation of the justice system.”
In the first sign of Mr Trump’s supporters seizing on the issue, they have vowed to try and put pressure on both Joe Biden and attorney general Merrick Garland if they win control of the House in November.
House Minority leader Kevin McCarthy, who wants to take Nancy Pelosi’s job as speaker, vowed Republicans would establish their own hearings.
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There’s lots not clear about Florida raid, but we do know Republicans will seek to use it to their advantage, writes Andrew Buncombe
‘He didn’t have anything in the safe’ insist Trump’s adult kids
Meanwhile, Donald Trump Jr took to Twitter to slam the measures taken by federal authorities.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
‘All they want to do is they want to get Donald Trump. They raise money on it, they send fundraising emails about it, they brag on camera about it’
Republican who voted for impeachment concedes to Trump-backed challenger
“Ever since I was first elected to this seat I have done my very best to serve my home region and our country,” Ms Herrera Beutler said in a statement released to the media on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old said: “Though my campaign came up short this time, I’m proud of all we’ve accomplished together for the place where I was raised and still call home.”
She was one of 10 Republicans in the House who backed impeaching Mr Trump for his role in the Jan 6 riots, and establishing a committee to investigate what happened that day and the events leading up to them.
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Jaime Herrera Beutler does not mention Joe Kent in statement
Hillary Clinton reacts after FBI raid on Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate
Former secretary of state and first lady has coopted one-time criticism into fundraiser for progressive causes
Trump mocked for picking the FBI director who raided his home
The former US president issued a statement late on Monday night attacking FBI boss Christopher Wray and the US Justice Department for the raid, which he said had been “not necessary or appropriate” and noted that “Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.”
Gin o Spocchia has the story.
Former president hit-out at ‘weaponised’ Justice Department and Democrats over search on Mar-A-Lago
GOP backs Trump’s 2024 election pitch after FBI raid
A call for support made by Donald Trump in a campaign-style video on social media where he said “the best is yet to come” is now seeing resounding backing from many Republicans, who cannot wait for the former president’s expected third run for the White House.
“One thing I can tell you. I believed he was going to run before. I’m stronger in my belief now,” said South Carolina’s senator Lindsey Graham from Columbia, who said that he spoke with Mr Trump and is certain another campaign is coming.
Indiana GOP representative Jim Banks said that “the sooner he kicks off his campaign, the better”.
Mr Banks, who is also the chair of the Republican Study Committee, was among about a dozen Republican lawmakers who spent several hours on Tuesday evening with Mr Trump at his summer home in Bedminster, New Jersey.
The meal with the former president included steak, scallops, mashed potatoes, salad and a Trump cookie.
In the get-together, Mr Banks said that the group talked about the upcoming midterm elections and the 2024 presidential race.
Florida lawmaker calls for arrest of FBI agents
Following the FBI raid on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in southern Florida, state lawmaker Anthony Sabatini called for the arrest of federal agents and urged the state to “sever all ties” with the Department of Justice.
Gustaf Kilander reports.
‘It’s time for us in the Florida Legislature to call an emergency legislative session and amend our laws regarding federal agencies’