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The Justice Department on Tuesday said that the classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in an effort to obstruct the federal investigation.
The FBI seized 33 boxes containing more than 100 classified records during its 8 August raid at the 45th president’s private residence in Florida, according to a court filing.
The Justice Department also released the first images of documents seized from the Mar-a-Lago estate, which show markers bearing the reading “secret” and “top secret” on classified documents.
And in one document marked “secret”, the heading indicates that the contents refer to human source intelligence.
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” read the late-night filing.
Why are Biden and Trump both going to a small Pennsylvania city?
On Tuesday, President Joe Biden travelled to Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, to discuss gun violence.
Then, on Saturday, former president Donald Trump will head to the same small town to hold a rally at the Mohegan Sun Arena to support Pennsylvania GOP Senate candidate Mehmet Oz and gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano.
On the surface, it might be surprising to see two presidents visit a city with less than 41,000 residents that is a two-hour drive from Philadelphia. Eric Garcia explains why it is not that surprising.
Why are Joe Biden and Donald Trump both going to this small Pennsylvania City?
Wilkes-Barre is located in Luzerne County, which historically voted for Democrats before Trump came along
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 09:30
Big tech ‘conspiracy to blame for failed voter fraud summit, Lindell claims
Another breathless voter fraud extravaganza hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell has come and gone.
Last week, Mr Lindell held yet another summit in which he promised he would provide evidence that massive voter fraud took place in 2020 and that former President Donald Trump should be the occupant of the Oval Office.
The results were no different than his three-day live documentary or his 2021 “Cyber Symposium” — lots of promises, zero evidence.
Mike Lindell blames failed voter fraud summit on Big Tech ‘conspiracy’
The MyPillow CEO believes big tech and media caused the poor performance of his election fraud event
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 08:30
Justice department sees evidence of obstruction in Trump documents case
The US justice department on Tuesday said it found evidence to suggest that documents removed from the White House when Donald Trump left office were later concealed at his Florida home to obstruct a federal investigation into their whereabouts.
A Trump lawyer “explicitly prohibited” FBI agents from looking in boxes in a storage room at Mr Trump’s property during a June search, the department said in a court filing, according to Reuters.
“The government also developed evidence that government records were likely concealed and removed from the Storage Room and that efforts were likely taken to obstruct the government’s investigation,” the department argued in a filing in US district court in Florida.
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 August 2022 07:30
Jan 6 rally organiser vows to return to Capitol in 2025
A far-right activist who helped organise the rally outside the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 says he will return to the site in 2025 regardless of the results of the upcoming presidential election.
Ali Alexander made the vow during an interview with the Nebraska Examiner amid a gathering of election deniers in Omaha.
He remains a vocal supporter of former president Donald Trump and the attempts to overturn the 2020 election, as Mr Trump himself called for as recently as Monday.
“I usually think of it in terms of, ‘Do I regret organizing on Jan. 6th or not?’ and I don’t,” Mr Alexander told the newspaper after being asked what he would have done “differently” in regards to Jan 6.
Jan 6 rally organiser vows to return to Capitol in 2025 regardless of election result
Ali Alexander hosted rally outside the Capitol where crowd turned into riot
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 August 2022 07:15
Trump hires ex-Florida solicitor general for Mar-a-Lago documents case
Former president Donald Trump has retained ex-Florida solicitor general Chris Kise to represent him in the ongoing Department of Justice probe into whether he violated US laws by taking sensitive government records back to his Palm Beach home at the end of his term and retaining them for nearly 18 months.
A source close to Mr Trump’s legal team confirmed Mr Kice’s hiring for The Independent. His addition to the former president’s defence was first reported by NBC News.
Trump hires ex-Florida solicitor general to represent him in Mar-a-Lago papers case
Ex-Florida solicitor general Chris Kise will represent Mr Trump at a Thursday hearing to determine whether a Florida federal judge will appoint a special master to review documents seized from his home
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 06:30
Photos released of top secret documents seized by FBI from Trump’s estate
The first images of documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate by FBI agents earlier this month have been released.
In images released as part of a Justice Department court filing late Tuesday evening, markers bearing the reading “secret” and “top secret” are clearly visible, removing all doubt as to whether Mr Trump had classified documents at the unsecured resort and residence where he currently lives.
Photos released of top secret documents seized by FBI from Mar-a-Lago
Human intelligence marking is clearly visible on one heading
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 August 2022 05:15
Trump falls for fake Ivanka Trump Truth Social account
Donald Trump promoted a fake anti-vaccine post attributed to his daughter Ivanka’s Truth Social account as he raged about the FBI and the Mar-a-Lago raid on Tuesday.
“Biden and his government are still trying to manipulate you with the useless vaccines. Don’t fall for his lies, it’s over,” the post read, before going on to encourage followers to purchase an anti-vax book.
The post was one of the dozens of “retruths”, memes and furious statements made by the former president on the social media platform overnight on Monday.
Trump falls for fake Ivanka Trump Truth Social account
Ex-president shares bogus post during Tuesday tantrum on Truth Social
Alisha Rahaman Sarkar31 August 2022 04:50
ICYMI: Trump demands ‘new election immediately’
Former president Donald Trump on Monday issued a bizarre demand that he be declared the winner of the 2020 election nearly two years after he lost his re-election bid to Joe Biden, or a new election be held in the alternative.
There is no mechanism in American law or history for a presidential election to be re-run, nor for the loser of an election to be declared the winner two years after the fact. But Mr Trump appeared to be ignorant of this fact when he took to his own Truth Social platform to make such an impossible demand Monday morning.
Andrew Feinberg reports for The Independent.
Trump demands ‘new election immediately’ in bizarre post on Truth Social
Mr Trump also claims he should be declared the winner of the 2020 election because, in his opinion, the FBI ‘buried’ a widely-publicised report on the contents of a laptop purportedly belonging to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 04:45
Drudge Report pictures Trump in orange jumpsuit amid mounting legal woes
The right-leaning news aggregation website the Drudge Report pictured former president Donald Trump in an orange jumpsuit in a photoshopped image as it linked to several articles outlining his mounting legal problems.
Under the headline “Trump indictment watch”, the site linked to a Daily Beast Op-Ed arguing “It’s Over: Trump Will Be Indicted”.
Gustaf Kilander has the story.
Right-leaning Drudge website pictures Trump in orange jumpsuit amid legal woes
Former president pictured in inmate outfit under headline ‘Trump indictment watch’
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 03:45
Lindsey Graham labelled ‘incredibly irresponsible’ over riot comments
A former top official in the US Department of Justice has condemned Republican Senator Lindsey Graham for suggesting there would be “riots in the streets” if former President Donald Trump is prosecuted in connection to a trove of sensitive US government documents recovered from his Mar-a-Lago resort.
Former DOJ official slams Lindsey Graham’s ‘riots in the streets’ comments
The former DOJ official said Mr Graham should be ‘ashamed of himself’ for what she called a ‘veiled threat’
Oliver O’Connell31 August 2022 02:45