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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...

Aides Told National Archives Trump Only Had News Clippings

Former White House lawyer said his information came from Mark Meadows

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump's team assured National Archives officials a year ago that there were no classified or even sensitive documents at Mar-a-Lago—just a dozen boxes of news clippings. The claim was made by a former White House lawyer, Pat Philbin, in a phone call with Archives lawyer...

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...

Report: Trump Lawyer Secured $3M Advance

Chris Kise is being paid by Save America PAC, sources say

(Newser) - A recently hired member of Donald Trump's legal team apparently has some formidable negotiating skills. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that Chris Kise, a respected Florida lawyer who has served as the state's solicitor general, secured a $3 million advance to represent Trump in the Justice Department'...

Book: Trump Wanted to Trade Puerto Rico for Greenland

Idea to purchase Danish territory wasn't actually his, according to reporters

(Newser) - In an interview for a new book, Donald Trump insisted the idea to buy Greenland from Denmark was all his. Looking at a map, the president wondered, "Why don't we have that?" Trump told husband-and-wife journalists Peter Baker of the New York Times and Susan Glasser of the...

Trump's Endorsement Record Is More Mixed Than It Looks

He had a 92% success rate, but many of his chosen candidates ran unopposed

(Newser) - Former President Trump's endorsement definitely carried weight in GOP primaries ahead of this year's midterm elections—he endorsed more than 200 candidates and 92% of them won, though many of them ran unopposed or against little-known opponents, the BBC reports. Trump generally favored incumbent GOP candidates and only...

Trump to Ashli Babbitt's Mom: 'We Can't Let This Happen'

Call to Micki Witthoeft took place during protest outside DC jail in support of Jan. 6 rioters

(Newser) - A rally in support of the rioters involved on the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol was held outside a DC prison on Tuesday, and Micki Witthoeft, the mother of Ashli Babbitt —the late 36-year-old Air Force veteran who was fatally gunned down by a Capitol Police officer...

Texas Woman Allegedly Threatened to Kill Judge in Trump Case

Tiffani Gish arrested, accused of making death threats

(Newser) - The judge presiding over the court battle between Donald Trump and the Justice Department over the documents seized during an FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago has been getting threatening voicemails, and now a Texas woman is charged with leaving them. Tiffani Gish, who was arrested last week, allegedly confessed to federal...

Rare Point of Agreement in Fight Over Mar-a-Lago Docs

Justice Dept. is OK with one of the Trump team's picks for special master

(Newser) - The Justice Department said Monday that it was willing to accept one of Donald Trump's picks for an independent arbiter to review documents seized during an FBI search of the former president's Florida home last month, the AP reports. The accommodation could help accelerate the selection process and...

Justice Department Subpoenas 40 Trump Aides

As it expands the scope of its Jan. 6 probe

(Newser) - In a marked expansion of its probe into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol, the Justice Department subpoenaed about 40 of Donald Trump's aides last week, sources tell multiple outlets including the New York Times , CNN , and CBS News . DoJ officials also last week seized the...

Haberman: Trump Vowed Not to Leave White House

Her book quotes him as saying, 'How can you leave when you won an election?'

(Newser) - New York Times reporter and frequent Trump foil Maggie Haberman has a book coming out about the former president next month, and CNN has revealed some new details. Haberman writes that while Trump seemed to accept his loss to Joe Biden in the immediate aftermath of the election, his tone...

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...

GOP Senators Slam Trump's 'Inappropriate' Pardons Remark

Graham, Romney, others blast Jan. 6 comment; Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley thread the needle

(Newser) - Earlier this month, former President Trump told a conservative radio host that, if he were elected to the Oval Office again, he'd offer "full pardons," along with a public apology to many of those who'd stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. Turns out a few GOP...

Republicans Dismissing Trump Are Lying, Cruz Says

'The whole world will change' when former president announces whether he'll run, senator argues

(Newser) - Sen. Ted Cruz is thinking about running for president in 2024 and already seems weary of tough talk from his potential rivals. "There are a lot of candidates out there feeling their oats and boasting, 'I'm running no matter what. I don't care what Donald 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 ...

Judge Ousts County Official From Office Over Jan. 6 Role

Cowboys for Trump's Couy Griffin calls ruling a 'total disgrace'

(Newser) - A New Mexico state district court judge on Tuesday disqualified county commissioner and Cowboys for Trump cofounder Couy Griffin from holding public office for engaging in insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. The decision by Judge Francis Mathew permanently bars Griffin from federal and local public office,...

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...

Bill Barr: Special Master Decision Was 'Deeply Flawed'

Former attorney general says government should appeal it

(Newser) - Bill Barr, already the subject of Donald Trump's ire because the Trump-era attorney general doesn't think the 2020 election was rigged, is now making no secret of his disagreement with a judge's decision to grant Trump's request to appoint a special master to review the documents...

Footage Offers Clues to Breach at Ga. Elections Office

Head of local GOP escorted data forensics experts said to be hired by pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell

(Newser) - Computer experts who allegedly copied sensitive software and data from voting equipment following the 2020 election spent hours at an elections office in rural Georgia on Jan. 7, 2021—the day after the Capitol insurrection—where they were greeted by the then-head of the local Republican party. Footage reviewed by...

Biden Praises Unions, Refines MAGA Criticism

Democrats and other Republicans must act, president says

(Newser) - President Biden celebrated unions on Monday, while leaving time for attacks on "MAGA Republicans, the extreme right, and Trumpies" in his Labor Day speeches. "The middle class built America," Biden told workers in Milwaukee, CNBC reports. "Everybody knows that. But unions built the middle class."...

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