Tag: mar-a-lago

QAnon Is Not Very Happy With Trump’s 2024 Announcement

Former President Donald Trump announced on November 15, 2022 that he was running for president in 2024. (Eva Marie Uzcategui / Bloomberg via Getty Images) Donald Trump, the twice-impeached former president who tried to overturn the 2020 elections and inspired the violent attack on the Capitol after he lost, tried his best to woo the […]

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Five questions hanging over Trump’s big Tuesday announcement

Former President Trump is seeking to reclaim the political stage with a Tuesday evening event at his Mar-a-Lago resort that he first teased a week ago, before the midterm elections. The expectation is that Trump will announce a 2024 campaign for the presidency — a quest that, if it succeeds, would make him the first […]

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Donald Trump Keeps Getting Rejected by the Supreme Court

Supreme Court lawyers often built their arguments around points to which they think the justices will be most receptive. If a lawyer thinks that the justices will be friendly to their case—if they represent, say, a religious person with a Free Exercise Clause claim or a state trying to carry out an execution—then they may […]

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What to Expect From the Newly ‘Feistier’ Merrick Garland

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the swearing in for the new Bureau of Prisons Director Colette Peters at BOP headquarters on August 2, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evelyn Hockstein-Pool/Getty Images) This content comes from the latest installment of our weekly Breaking the Vote newsletter out of VICE News’ D.C. bureau, tracking […]

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Trump objects to DOJ’s request to expedite special master appeal

Former President Trump on Monday objected to the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) request to expedite its appeal in the special master case regarding documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago residence. The Atlanta-based 11th Circuit Court of Appeals sided with the DOJ last month when it partially stayed a lower court’s ruling, allowing the department to continue […]

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National Archives says it is still missing some Trump administration records

The National Archives and Records Administration said on Friday that it is still missing some records from the Trump administration. “While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” Archivist Debra Steidel Wall said in a letter to the House Oversight and Reform […]

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The Loneliness of Donald Trump

Naturally, one of the ideas that those chaos agents are raising right now, as the investigations into the former president’s dealings advance on multiple fronts, is that the very act of bringing Trump to justice could plunge the country into turmoil. It’s an argument that Trump, in particular, hopes will be convincing, if only to […]

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Trump’s Legal Troubles Won’t End Well for Him—or Us

So that’s the first horrible, vicious, sick, terrifying thing. The second, of course, is that he’ll foment a civil war, or at least a mass violent insurrection. Trump is going to get more and more unhinged as the law bears down on him. Next month, on October 24, a trial is scheduled to start based […]

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Trump Says He Can Declassify State Secrets With His Mind

Then US President Donald Trump departs on Marine One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland on November 3, 2019. (Photo by ANDREW CABALLERO-REYNOLDS / AFP via Getty Images) Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, believes that he can pretty much declassify state secrets with his mind. “If you’re the president of the United States, […]

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Trump’s Legal Defense in the Mar-a-Lago Case Is Crumbling

It would be a scandal in and of itself if national secrets lost their legal protections simply because the president wanted to read them in bed. Overclassification is a perennial problem with the federal government. But it is safe to say that at least some of what reaches the president is classified for a very […]

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Judge Aileen Cannon Thinks Poor Donald Trump May Be Stigmatized

Here’s the kicker. Cannon says, “Plaintiff has claimed injury from the threat of future prosecution and the serious, often indelible stigma associated therewith.” Well, yes, Trump may be harmed—because there is probable cause to believe crimes have been committed and the FBI may have evidence of it. Trump is in a world of legal trouble […]

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DOJ pressure allegations lead to newest political quagmire facing Trump

Former President Trump is facing a new political quagmire as Senate Democrats open an investigation into allegations he pressured the Department of Justice (DOJ) to investigate his political opponents. Former U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman wrote in a new book that the Justice Department under Trump pushed his office to pursue criminal cases against former Secretary of […]

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It Turns Out There Are “Trump Judges” After All

Then again, Trump’s approach to the American legal system always comes down to two propositions. First, he consistently argues that he is above the law. Naturally, Trump and his lawyers are not quite foolish enough to argue this in so many words. But they come as close as they can to stating it. While president, […]

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Trump’s Latest Mar-a-Lago Court Order ‘Just Doesn’t Make Any Sense’

Former president Donald Trump speaks to supporters at a rally to support local candidates at the Mohegan Sun Arena on September 03, 2022 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) A chorus of legal experts declared themselves baffled and disturbed by a South Florida judge’s stunning decision Monday to raise a new roadblock in […]

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Trump Is Having a Nuclear Meltdown on His Sad Social Media Platform

In a 36-page filing released on Tuesday, the Department of Justice swatted away Trump’s flimsy defenses. They made it apparent that the former president’s attorneys had lied to them when they insisted that all classified documents had been returned and that Trump “lacks standing to seek judicial relief or oversight as to presidential records because those […]

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Here Are the Possible Outcomes of a Trump Prosecution. They’re All Bad.

While prosecutors are likely to point out that letting Trump go unpunished opens the door to dictatorship, the Supreme Court is also likely to accept the counter argument that the Constitution already provides a method to deal with wannabe dictators who break the law: impeachment. The Supreme Court would happily ignore the reality that in […]

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Biden condemns ‘sickening’ attacks on FBI after Mar-a-Lago search

President Biden on Tuesday forcefully condemned attacks on the FBI from some Republicans in the wake of the bureau’s search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property.   Speaking at an event on public safety in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Biden vowed his own support for law enforcement while casting conservatives as anti-police due to their stances on […]

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So, Why Exactly Did Trump Take All Those Documents Home? We’ve Got Some Ideas.

One theory Trump took the classified docs home? He likes to collect things. 2016 file photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images Former President Donald Trump has raised plenty of full-throated objections to the FBI search of his Mar-a-Lago club for classified government documents.  But he’s never said why he grabbed those files in the first place.  […]

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White House: US intel review of Mar-a-Lago docs ‘appropriate’

The White House said Monday it is not involved in the intelligence community’s damage assessment of classified documents recovered from former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate but said such a review is “appropriate.” “The White House is not involved in the damage assessment that the DNI is going to be conducting over these documents,” White House […]

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Donald Trump Is Increasingly Cornered, and Yes, This Should Terrify You

That, after all, is what Hitler’s brownshirts did. They were an explicitly Nazi Party militia. We saw that in an ad hoc way on January 6. That was a fascist militia that stormed the Capitol. It just wasn’t a standing one. If Trump is indicted, it is alas no longer farfetched to imagine that some […]

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Surprise! There Are Apparently Secret Tunnels Under Mar-a-Lago — And People Have Some Thoughts

If the FBI needs to return to Mar-a-Lago to retrieve more classified material, they might want to head underground. In what is largely a matter of pure coincidence, a new book reveals info that has been staring the world in the face for nearly a century: Donald Trump’s Palm Beach home and golf club has […]

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Trump Took ‘National Defense Information’ to His Beach Club, Affidavit Says

Former President Donald Trump took highly sensitive “national defense information” to his Mar-a-Lago resort, the affidavit said. File photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Former President Donald Trump took highly sensitive “national defense information” to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, according to a redacted affidavit released by the DOJ on Friday.  The filing says officials […]

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Trump Is Drowning in the Mar-a-Lago Scandal

Trump and his inner circle also got badly caught out on a foolhardy bluff. At first, the former president’s legal team demanded the Justice Department release the warrant, apparently believing they could scandalize the operation by insinuating a lack of transparency. Their plan backfired when Garland agreed. The warrant (unsealed only three days after the […]

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Looking for a Thankless Job Opportunity? Join the Trump Legal Team Today!

Criminal defense experience is particularly important. As of this writing, Trump faces a potential grand jury investigation in Georgia for tampering with election officials in 2020 and a probe by local Manhattan prosecutors into the Trump Organization’s shoddy accounting practices. The New York attorney general’s office is conducting a civil investigation into similar matters. The […]

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Looking for a Thankless Job Opportunity? Join the Trump Legal Team Today!

Criminal defense experience is particularly important. As of this writing, Trump faces a potential grand jury investigation in Georgia for tampering with election officials in 2020 and a probe by local Manhattan prosecutors into the Trump Organization’s shoddy accounting practices. The New York attorney general’s office is conducting a civil investigation into similar matters. The […]

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Bolton on FBI search: ‘There is no evidence there is a partisan motive here’

Ex-Trump White House national security adviser John Bolton argued in an interview on Wednesday that “there is no evidence there is a partisan motive” following the FBI’s execution of a search warrant at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. “There is no evidence there is a partisan motive here,” Bolton told Reuters in an interview. “I […]

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Trump’s Republican Defenders Inexplicably Forgot to Expect the Worst

This inclination to avoid commenting was strategic on two levels. For one, many Republicans apparently considered it unwise to criticize Trump lest they become victims of his wrath, as many other anti-Trump Republicans became over the four years of his presidency. As for defending Trump when they agreed with him, there was another strong point […]

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FBI, DHS warn of increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials after Mar-a-Lago search: reports

The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) warned in a joint bulletin that there is an increase in threats to federal law enforcement officials following the FBI search at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence last week. In a bulletin dated Friday, the agencies advised that possible threats toward law enforcement are coming from […]

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Trump is Being Investigated for Potentially Violating the Espionage Act

According to reports of the leaked contents of the FBI search warrant, former President Donald Trump is being investigated for potentially violating the Espionage Act. File photo by Getty Images Former President Donald Trump is being investigated by the FBI for potentially violating the Espionage Act, according to a copy of the search warrant used […]

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FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents in Trump search: report

The FBI recovered 11 sets of classified documents while conducting the search of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.  The Journal reviewed a three-page list of items that FBI agents took from the Palm Beach, Fla., property on Monday, revealing that they took about 20 boxes of items, binders […]

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Trump Had a Crap Week and the FBI Search Was Just the Beginning

Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to meet with the New York Attorney General for a civil investigation on Wednesday—the same week his home was searched by the FBI. Photo by James Devaney/GC Images Former President Donald Trump dismissed a report that the FBI searched for classified documents related to nuclear weapons at […]

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