Trump news – live: Trump says FBI stole his passports, ignoring calls to tone down Mar-a-Lago raid rhetoric

Trump news – live: Trump says FBI stole his passports, ignoring calls to tone down Mar-a-Lago raid rhetoric
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Donald Trump has given his first interview since the Mar-a-Lago raid, a discussion with Fox News Digital in which he acknowledged that the temperature of public discourse “has to be brought down” as angry supporters fume at the FBI raid on his Mar-a-Lago home.

However, he continued to frame the raid as part of a political witch hunt against him rather than a law enforcement action executed according to due process.

"The country is in a very dangerous position,” Mr Trump warned the outlet. “There is tremendous anger, like I've never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts, and now this."

The FBI has warned that threats against federal law enforcement personnel are spiking dramatically in the wake of the raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home last week.

A memo issued jointly by the bureau and the Department of Homeland Security warns of “the potential for domestic violent extremists to carry out attacks...in reaction to the FBI's recent execution of a court-authorised search warrant in Palm Beach, Florida”.

The bulletin even warns of a threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters”.

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ICYMI: Trump accuses FBI of stealing his passports

08:15 , Stuti Mishra

Former president Donald Trump accused the FBI of taking his three passports when it executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida last week.

Mr Trump made the accusation on Truth Social, his social networking plaform, on Monday afternoon.

Eric Garcia reports.

Trump accuses FBI of stealing his ‘three’ passports in Mar-a-Lago search

Former Trump administration adviser says she found classified documents in ladies’ room

07:45 , Stuti Mishra

As the fallout from the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid continues, a former Trump administration staffer-turned-critic has described finding classified documents in a bathroom during the former president’s tenure.

Olivia Troye, who served as a counterterrorism adviser in the Department of Homeland Security and in the office of vice president Mike Pence before leaving the administration in 2020, told the story on MSNBC.

Former Trump administration adviser ‘found classified documents in ladies’ room’

Giuliani told he’s a target of Georgia criminal election probe

07:15 , Stuti Mishra

Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation being led by authorities in Georgia over the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The former New York City mayor and atttorney to Donald Trump was one of the top pushers of bogus conspiracies about the 2020 election and appeared before several panels of state lawmakers in Georgia to demand that they decertify the results showing Joe Biden the winner. Now, his actions could make him the first Trump associate to be criminally indicted for the scheme to thwart Mr Biden from becoming president.

John Bowden has the latest.

Rudy Giuliani told he’s a target of Georgia criminal election probe, report says

Former Trump White House attorney subpoenaed in DoJ Capitol riot investigation

06:45 , Stuti Mishra

A former White House attorney who opposed the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election has received a subpoena in the Justice Department’s investigation into January 6.

Eric Herschmann was subpoenaed on Monday with an order to testify before a grand jury. He previously testified under oath to the House select committee investigation January 6.

Politico first reported news of the subpoena.

John Bowden has the latest.

Former Trump White House attorney subpoenaed in DoJ Jan 6 investigation

Trump's longtime CFO expected to plead guilty, says report

06:15 , Stuti Mishra

Donald Trump’s longtime finance chief is expected to plead guilty as soon as Thursday in a tax evasion case that is the only criminal prosecution to arise from a long-running investigation into the former president’s company, three people familiar with the matter told Associated Press.

The Trump Organization’s CFO Allen Weisselberg was scheduled to be tried in October on allegations he took more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the company, including rent, car payments and school tuition.

The AP has reported, quoting unnamed sources in the knowledge of the matter, that a hearing scheduled for 9am on Thursday was for Mr Weisselberg to enter a guilty plea, but cautioned that plea deals sometimes fall apart before they are finalised in court.

Mr Weisselberg’s lawyer, Nicholas Gravante Jr, told The New York Times on Monday that he has been engaged in plea negotiations to resolve the case, but did not specify terms of a potential plea deal.

FBI calls threats to law enforcement ‘reprehensible’

05:45 , Stuti Mishra

The FBI is warning of “reprehensible” rhetoric and threats targeting FBI agents and personnel and urging the public’s assistance in stopping domestic extremism after the bureau’s office in Ohio was attacked and it continues to face the wrath of Donald Trump’s supporters, writes John Bowden.

A statement from the agency was provided by a spokesperson to The Independent on Monday, days after it joined with the department of homeland security in a joint internal memo warning that threats of violence against FBI and law enforcement personnel were on the rise after the execution of a search warrant last week at Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate and resort.

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FBI calls threats to law enforcement ‘reprehensible’ and urges public to be vigilant

Trump attorney: 'We don't know exactly what they took'

05:15 , Stuti Mishra

Lindsey Halligan, an attorney representing former president Donald Trump, told Fox News in an interview a while ago that the justice department has not revealed what the FBI took from Mar-a-Lago, calling the inventory description provided by them “borderline worthless”.

Ms Halligan was questioned by Sean Hannity on what other items “besides the passport” were taken during the raid ‘that should never have been taken”, to which she said the FBI did not say “where the documents were located or what specifically was taken.”

“We’ve asked multiple times for a real inventory description of what was taken, but the inventory list they gave us is borderline worthless,” she said.

“But we have real concerns in terms of whether they were right to take certain things. The Department of Justice is not communicating with us as to what the evidence is and what their intentions are, but we will continue to try to get to the bottom of it.”

Lindsey Halligan, an attorney representing former president Donald Trump, speaks on Fox News (Screengrab/Fox News)
Lindsey Halligan, an attorney representing former president Donald Trump, speaks on Fox News (Screengrab/Fox News)

Justice department opposes release of FBI affidavit behind Mar-a-Lago raid

04:27 , Stuti Mishra

The justice department has rebuffed efforts to make public the affidavit supporting the search warrant for former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida.

The DoJ stated the investigation “implicates highly classified material” and the document contains sensitive information about witnesses.

The government’s opposition came in response to court filings by several news organisations seeking to unseal the underlying affidavit.

Read more details of the response here:

Feds oppose unsealing affidavit for Mar-a-Lago warrant

Rand Paul mocked for call to repeal Espionage Act

04:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul has called to repeal of the Espionage Act, the law cited in the search warrant for former President Donald Trump’s southern Florida club Mar-a-Lago.

“The espionage act was abused from the beginning to jail dissenters of WWI. It is long past time to repeal this egregious affront to the 1st Amendment,” Mr Paul tweeted on Saturday night.

Rand Paul mocked for call to repeal Espionage Act cited in Trump FBI warrant

Trump asked Merrick Garland how he could ‘reduce the heat' before FBI warrant was unsealed, report says

03:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump personally appealed to Attorney General Merrick Garland before the FBI warrant behind the raid at Mar-a-Lago was unsealed, a new report says.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said on Thursday that he had approved the search at Mar-a-Lago, and he implied that the Department of Justice (DOJ) wouldn’t have done so without attempting less intrusive actions first.

The New York Times reports that a message was passed to Mr Garland shortly before he gave his statement on Thursday.

Trump reportedly asked Garland ‘What can I do to reduce the heat?’ after FBI raid

Mar-a-Lago surveillance footage subpoenaed by DoJ

02:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Surveillance video subpoenaed by the Department of Justice has raised concerns that Donald Trump may still have some classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.

Investigators from the DOJ subpoenaed video from a 60-day period “including views from outside the storage room”, reported The New York Times.

Graeme Massie has the details.

Mar-a-Lago footage sparks speculation Trump may still have some classified documents

Poll shows FBI raid gave Trump a 10-point boost over DeSantis

02:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The FBI raid on Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate gave the former president a 10-point boost over likely 2024 rival Ron DeSantis among GOP primary voters, according to a new poll.

Graeme Massie reports.

FBI raid gave Trump a 10-point boost over DeSantis, poll shows

Trump demands FBI return documents taken from Mar-a-Lago

01:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump is calling on the Justice Department to hand over some of the documents seized on Monday in a raid of his Mar-a-Lago resort and residence in Florida.

In a Truth Social post, the former president reacted to a Fox News report which stated on Saturday that the FBI had informed Mr Trump’s team following the raid that some of the documents they seized were protected under attorney-client privilege.

John Bowden reports.

Trump demands FBI return documents to Mar-a-Lago

Report says Trump lawyer told DoJ all classified material had been returned

Tuesday 16 August 2022 00:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A lawyer for former President Donald Trump reportedly told the Department of Justice that all classified material at Mar-a-Lago had been returned in June.

At least one member of Mr Trump’s legal team signed a written statement earlier this summer stating that all of the materials marked as classified which were stored in boxes at Mr Trump’s private Florida club and home had been handed over to the government, according to four individuals who spoke to The New York Times.

Gustaf Kilander reports.

Trump lawyer ‘told DoJ all classified material at Mar-a-Lago had been returned’

Did Trump leak Mar-a-Lago search warrant?

Monday 15 August 2022 23:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump is under fire for allegedly leaking the entire unredacted warrant and “endangering” FBI agents who searched his Mar-a-Lago home as part of an investigation into the removal of official records from the White House.

A judge unsealed a redacted version of the Mar-a-Lago search warrant documents, which show the Justice Department recovered 11 sets of classified documents, including some marked with the highest levels of classification.

Peony Hirwani reports.

Did Trump leak Mar-a-Lago warrant revealing names of FBI agents?

ICYMI: Trump lawyer claims investigations will be dropped if he says he won’t run in 2024

Monday 15 August 2022 23:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump’s lawyer has claimed that all investigations into him will be dropped if he says he won’t run in 2024.

“I’ve said it 100 times – if he’s not leading in the polls – I’ve sat across from him, every time he gets frustrated I say to him, ‘Mr President, if you would like me to resolve all your litigation, you should announce that you are not running for office, and all of this will stop,’” the former president’s attorney Alina Habba told Real America’s Voice.

Gustaf Kilander has the story.

Trump’s lawyer says all probes will be dropped if he says he won’t run in 2024

John Bolton: Trump’s excuses over classified papers show ‘desperation’

Monday 15 August 2022 22:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Many Republicans appear to be buying Donald Trump’s baseless accusations about the FBI raid at his home at Mar-a-Lago, but his former national security adviser is not one of them.

John Bolton spoke with The New York Times for an interview published on Sunday and said plainly that Mr Trump’s claims that FBI agents were planting evidence and taking only declassified documents were untrue.

John Bowden reports.

John Bolton mocks Trump’s ‘desperation’ after Mar-a-Lago raid

Fox News host says Trump should tell supporters to tamp down ‘violent rhetoric’ against FBI

Monday 15 August 2022 22:30 , Oliver O'Connell

Fox News host Steve Doocy has said that former President Donald Trump should tell his supporters to “tamp down the rhetoric” against the FBI as the agency and the Department of Homeland Security issued a joint bulletin outlining the spike in threats to law enforcement following the search of Mar-a-Lago.

Gustaf Kilander reports for The Independent.

Fox News host says Trump should tell supporters to tamp down ‘violent rhetoric’

Stephen King calls Trump a ‘horrible president’ and a ‘horrible person’

Monday 15 August 2022 22:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Stephen King has offered his thoughts on the current political situation in the US, claiming it’s “easy to overestimate” the rise of fascism.

The Carrie author has been an outspoken critic of the Republican party in recent years, and particularly of former president Donald Trump.

Louis Chilton reports on what the author said in a recent interview.

Stephen King calls Donald Trump a ‘horrible president’ and a ‘horrible person’

The head-spinning excuses for Mar-a-Lago documents are already piling up, which could be bad news for Trump

Monday 15 August 2022 22:00 , Oliver O'Connell

The shifting litany of excuses and explanations that former president Donald Trump and his allies have offered to justify the presence of highly classified documents at his Palm Beach, Florida, home reflects his inability to understand the legal peril he could be facing, according to current and former associates of the ex-president.

Andrew Feinberg has the latest.

Trump’s head-spinning excuses for Mar-a-Lago documents are already piling up

DoJ opposes release of underlying FBI search warrant affidavit

Monday 15 August 2022 21:49 , Oliver O'Connell

The Department of Justice says that while more documents relating to the search of Mar-a-Lago will be unsealed, it opposes the release of the underlying affidavit, given that it would need to be redacted to such as extent as to render it meaningless.

The government has carefully considered whether the affidavit can be released subject to redactions. For the reasons discussed below, the redactions necessary to mitigate harm to the integrity of the investigation would be so extensive as to render the remaining unsealed text devoid of meaningful content, and the release of such a redacted version would not serve any public interest.

Nevertheless, should the Court order partial unsealing of the affidavit, the government respectfully requests an opportunity to provide the Court with proposed redactions.

The affidavit could also “serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps.”

Further, “the fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation.”

Footage of Trump condemning classified document sharing in 2016 goes viral

Monday 15 August 2022 21:30 , Oliver O'Connell

A clip of former President Donald Trump claiming he would protect classified information has gone viral in light of a FBI raid at his Mar-a-Lago residence to recover sensitive government documents he allegedly was hiding.

According to Mediaite, Mr Trump made the claims during a presidential campaign stop in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 2016.

Graig Graziosi reports.

Video of Trump condemning classified document sharing goes viral in wake of raid

Vote ‘one, two, three times, whatever’

Monday 15 August 2022 21:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene encouraged supporters to get out to the polls during the November midterms and went one step further during a video address to advocate that they exercise their right to vote “one, two, three times”.

In the video clip, shared online by the left-wing Twitter account PatriotTakes, an account with more than 450,000 followers, the Georgia Republican is seen standing alongside Mallory Staples, who ran to represent Georgia’s 6th Congressional District in the spring but lost in the Republican primary to Rich McCormick.

Marjorie Taylor Greene tells supporters to vote ‘one, two, three times, whatever’

Watch: Fox & Friends hosts defend FBI from Trump supporters ‘harmful rhetoric’

Monday 15 August 2022 21:00 , Oliver O'Connell

Dr Oz mocked for ‘grocery shopping’ campaign ad

Monday 15 August 2022 20:45 , Oliver O'Connell

A recent attempt by Dr Mehmet Oz to appeal to the average Joe voter is having a second life on social media and the response is likely not going to bolster his likeability in his campaign for Pennsylvania Senate.

In the brief campaign video, shared by the Republican candidate in April before he won the GOP primary, Dr Oz is seen shopping in a Pennsylvania store for a list of grocery items to help his wife, Lisa Oz, make crudité for the evening.

Joanna Chisholm reports.

Dr Oz mocked for ‘grocery shopping’ for wife and expressing shock over prices

Senate intelligence committee asks for briefing on Trump’s secret papers

Monday 15 August 2022 20:22 , Oliver O'Connell

Former President Donald Trump‘s alleged mishandling of sensitive documents has reportedly prompted the Senate Intelligence Committee to request an assessment of possible national security threats resulting from the incident.

NBC News’ Kyle Griffin reports that the committee has requested the Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to “provide the Committee with the classified documents that were seized in the search of Mar-a-Lago, and an assessment of potential risks to national security as a result of their mishandling.”

Graig Graziosi reports.

Senate asks for briefing on potential security risks from Trump’s secret papers haul

Pro-Trump FBI protest cancelled after no one showed up

Monday 15 August 2022 20:15 , Oliver O'Connell

A pro-Trump protest that was scheduled to be held outside the FBI headquarters in Washington DC over the weekend was cancelled after it was promoted on far-right blogs as a suspected “trap”, The Daily Beast reported.

Pro-Trump FBI protest cancelled after not one demonstrator showed up

ICYMI: Classified documents ‘found in Trump administration bathroom'

Monday 15 August 2022 19:45 , Oliver O'Connell

As the fallout from the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago raid continues, a former Trump administration staffer-turned-critic has described finding classified documents in a bathroom during the former president’s tenure.

Olivia Troye, who served as a counterterrorism adviser in the Department of Homeland Security and in the office of vice president Mike Pence before leaving the administration in 2020, told the story on MSNBC.

“I found classified information in the ladies’ room of the White House onetime,” she said, “in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building. And I immediately walked it right up to security and said, ‘I just found this in the bathroom’, I covered it up, I put it in a folder.

“It wasn’t marked properly, the folder wasn’t, because I was not expecting to walk in the ladies’ room and find a document like that.”

Read more:

Former Trump administration adviser ‘found classified documents in ladies’ room’

Former Trump White House attorney subpoenaed in DoJ Jan 6 probe

Monday 15 August 2022 19:26 , Oliver O'Connell

A former White House attorney who opposed the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election has received a subpoena in the Justice Department’s investigation into January 6.

Eric Herschmann was subpoenaed on Monday with an order to testify before a grand jury. He previously testified under oath to the House select committee investigating January 6.

John Bowden reports.

Former Trump White House attorney subpoenaed in DoJ Jan 6 investigation

Trump accuses FBI of stealing his ‘three’ passports

Monday 15 August 2022 19:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Former president Donald Trump accused the FBI of taking his three passports when it executed a search warrant at his Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida last week.

Eric Garcia reports.

Trump accuses FBI of stealing his ‘three’ passports in Mar-a-Lago search

Trump says FBI raid will help Republicans win seats

Monday 15 August 2022 19:04 , Oliver O'Connell

...and misspelled the name of his own home.

The former president wrote on Truth Social:

Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mat-a-Lago. Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced Break In by the FBI, which should never have happened!

‘Terrible things are going to happen’ says Trump

Monday 15 August 2022 18:45 , Oliver O'Connell

Donald Trump has warned that “terrible things are going to happen” as he faces the blame for violence and threats directed at FBI agents.

“The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I’ve never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one, years of scams and witch hunts, and now this,” Mr Trump told Fox News Digital.

Gustaf Kilander reports.

Trump says ‘terrible things are going to happen’ as he’s blamed for anti-FBI violence

Report: Giuliani told he’s a target of Georgia criminal election probe

Monday 15 August 2022 18:15 , Oliver O'Connell

Rudy Giuliani is a target of the criminal investigation being led by authorities in Georgia over the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s 2020 election results, The New York Times reported on Monday.

The former New York City mayor and atttorney to Donald Trump was one of the top pushers of bogus conspiracies about the 2020 election and appeared before several panels of state lawmakers in Georgia to demand that they decertify the results showing Joe Biden the winner. Now, his actions could make him the first Trump associate to be criminally indicted for the scheme to thwart Mr Biden from becoming president.

John Bowden reports.

Rudy Giuliani told he’s a target of Georgia criminal election probe, report says

Pro-Trump candidate confused about meaning of “banana republic”

Monday 15 August 2022 17:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Republican candidate Bo Hines, who is running to fill the heavily red North Carolina district being vacated by incumbent Ted Budd, gave a strange interview recently in which he was asked to opine on the Mar-a-Lago raid – and in the course of the discussion, it became clear that the term “banana republic”, so often thrown around by right-wing FBI critics, has gone somewhat over his head.

Andrew Yang embarrassed by own tweets on Trump raid

Monday 15 August 2022 17:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Andrew Yang found himself cornered during a CNN interview when asked to explain tweets he sent that appeared to let Mr Trump “off the hook” for his removal of classified documents when he left office.

On 9 August, the morning after federal agents spent the day searching the Palm Beach home of the former president, Mr Yang tweeted: “The FBI raid of Trump’s home has fired up his base of support in the GOP – and has seemingly increased the odds of his running in ‘24.”

In a later post, he wrote that he didn’t think that the mishandling of official documents seemed like a good enough reason for the search warrant.

Oliver O’Connell has the story.

Awkward Andrew Yang cornered for ‘giving Trump a pass’ with Mar-a-Lago raid tweets

Lindsey Graham on Fulton County subpoena defeat

Monday 15 August 2022 16:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Lindsey Graham has lost his attempt to fend off a subpoena from the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, but he apparently still has no intention of complying until he’s exhausted his options.

Here’s a statement just put out by his office:

Trump complains of “scams” while warning of dangerous anger at Mar-a-Lago raid

Monday 15 August 2022 16:15 , Andrew Naughtie

Donald Trump has warned that “terrible things are going to happen” as he faces the blame for violence and threats directed at FBI agents.

In his first post-raid interview, the former president told Fox News Digital this morning that "The country is in a very dangerous position. There is tremendous anger, like I've never seen before, over all of the scams, and this new one – years of scams and witch hunts, and now this.”

Despite the FBI’s warnings and his own professed intention to help lower the temperature, Mr Trump continues to describe the raid as an act of political persecution.

"There has never been a time like this where law enforcement has been used to break into the house of a former president of the United States, and there is tremendous anger in the country – at a level that has never been seen before, other than during very perilous times," he said.

Gustaf Kilander writes:

Trump says ‘terrible things are going to happen’ as he’s blamed for anti-FBI violence

Armed Trump supporters protest at FBI office in Phoenix

Monday 15 August 2022 15:45 , Andrew Naughtie

Armed supporters of former president Donald Trump protested outside the FBI’s office in Phoenix, Arizona, amid the news of the FBI’s search of Mr Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida.

Some the protesters on Friday held signs saying “Honor your oath: Arrest all traitors”. Others were dressed in military fatigues with bullet-proof vests with rifles, according to Fox 10, the Fox affiliate in Phoenix.

Arizona has become a hotbed of pro-Trump acolytes. After the search on Mr Trump’s home, far-right Representative Paul Gosar called for “a complete dismantling and elimination of the democrat brown shirts known as the FBI”.

Eric Garcia writes:

Armed Trump supporters protest outside FBI office in Phoenix

Lindsey Graham loses fight against subpoena

Monday 15 August 2022 15:15 , Andrew Naughtie

South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has been fighting hard against a subpoena from the district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, who has convened a grand jury to hear evidence on Donald Trump and his associates’ efforts to pressure state officials into overturning the 2020 election.

Now, a judge has dealt Mr Graham a blow: despite his best efforts, he will have to testify after all.

Mr Graham is in the frame because of a phonecall he made to Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, in November 2020, a conversation in which he reportedly asked Mr Raffensperger whether he had the power to toss out mail-in ballots from certain counties.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

Lindsey Graham must testify in Georgia election probe, judge says