Trump said the FBI found classified documents at his home because federal workers packed them. But emails Bloomberg got show boxes were already packed when movers arrived.
Emails show a GSA agent repeatedly telling Trump's team they can't use tax dollars to ship personal items, including gifts and a Trump painting.news.yahoo.com
DOJ Wins Faster Schedule for Mar-a-Lago Special Master Appeal
(Bloomberg) -- A federal appeals court granted the Justice Department’s request to expedite its challenge to a Florida judge’s appointment of a so-called special master to review thousands of White House documents seized from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.Most Read from BloombergMusk Revives $44 Billion Twitter Bid, Aiming to Avoid TrialLoretta Lynn, Coal Miner's Daughter And Country Queen, DiesElon Musk Sets Off Uproar in Ukraine by Tweeting His ‘Peace’ PlanMar-a-Lago Documents Included Pardnews.yahoo.com
Trump Asks Court to Push Special Master Appeal Hearing to 2023
(Bloomberg) -- Donald Trump doesn’t want a federal appeals court to hear the US Justice Department’s challenge to the appointment of a special master to review thousands of documents seized from his Mar-a-Lago estate until January at the earliest, his lawyers said.Most Read from BloombergCredit Suisse Turmoil Deepens With Record Stock, CDS LevelsTesla Slumps as Deliveries Disappoint Due to Shipping SnarlsOPEC+ Set to Discuss 1 Million-Barrel Output Cut as Demand SlowsCredit Suisse Market Turmoilnews.yahoo.com
Supreme Court declines to hear case on DOJ ‘filter teams’ used in Trump search
The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a case about whether the Justice Department (DOJ) can use “filter teams,” such as the one enlisted by the DOJ to begin a review of evidence collected at former President Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago to determine whether they are privileged. The Justices denied a writ of certiorari…news.yahoo.com
Judge overrules special master order for Trump to give 'final' objections on FBI search inventory
A district judge overruled an order by Trump Mar-a-Lago raid case Special Master Raymond Dearie that said Trump needed to provide any “final” objections or disputes regarding seized materials.foxnews.com
Trump records probe: Tensions flare over special master
The FBI search of Donald Trump’s Florida estate has spawned a parallel “special master” process that has slowed the Justice Department's criminal investigation and exposed simmering tensions between department prosecutors and lawyers for the former president.
DOJ can use documents taken from Mar-a-Lago, appeals court rules: CBS News Flash Sept. 22, 2022
A federal appeals court has lifted a hold on the Justice Department’s use in a criminal probe of sensitive documents retrieved in the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife, Ginni Thomas, has agreed to be interviewed by the House Jan. 6 panel. And the two winners of the third largest jackpot in U.S. history have finally claimed their prize, two months after the drawing for the $1.3 billion Mega Millions jackpot. They’ll split it.news.yahoo.com
Rep. Taylor Greene (R-GA) calls for a government shutdown over the FBI's lawful seizure of documents from Mar-a-Lago.
Representative Taylor Greene is an extremist in the Republican Party and has been a loyal Trump supporter. Former President Trump had documents seized in a FBI raid at Trump’s resort in Florida, Mar-a-Lago, due to his unlawful possession of highly classified and top secret documents.news.yahoo.com
President Biden nominates US attorney for Florida Mar-a-Lago district
President Joe Biden has nominated a Miami litigator and longtime government lawyer to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the office currently involved in the search warrants at the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trumpsun-sentinel.com
Biden nominates US attorney for Florida Mar-a-Lago district
President Joe Biden has nominated a Miami litigator and longtime government lawyer to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the office currently involved in the search warrants at the Mar-a-Lago home of former President Donald Trump.
Judge unseals additional portions of Mar-a-Lago affidavit
A federal judge Tuesday unsealed additional portions of an FBI affidavit laying out the basis for a search of former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach estate, showing that agents earlier obtained a hard drive after issuing a subpoena for surveillance footage recorded inside Mar-a-Lago.sun-sentinel.com
Judge unseals additional portions of Mar-a-Lago affidavit
A federal judge Tuesday unsealed additional portions of an FBI affidavit laying out the basis for a search of former President Donald Trump's Florida home, showing that agents earlier obtained a hard drive after issuing a subpoena for surveillance footage recorded inside Mar-a-Lago. A heavily redacted version of the affidavit was made public last month, but the Justice Department requested permission to show more of it after lawyers for Trump revealed the existence of a June grand jury subpoena that sought video footage from cameras in the vicinity of the Mar-a-Lago storage room.news.yahoo.com
Abortion rights becoming key issue in Michigan elections
NBC's Yamiche Alcindor reports on how abortion rights are becoming a key issue in Michigan's upcoming election. Voters will consider a ballot referendum that would enshrine abortion rights into the state constitution as well as a competitive race for governor.news.yahoo.com
Mike Pence's former chief of staff chides Trump's lawyers for 'potentially lying' to DOJ: 'There's a difference between playing a lawyer on TV' and 'good legal counsel'
Marc Short criticized Trump's defense team in an interview with Fox News as the former president's lawyers have also been mocked by legal experts.news.yahoo.com
Chris Christie: DOJ’s chances of succeeding in challenge of special master in Trump case ‘pretty good’
Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) on Sunday said the Department of Justice (DOJ) has “a pretty good chance” in its appeal of an order for a special master to look over the documents seized by the FBI at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home. “I think the Justice Department’s chances are pretty good,” Christie…news.yahoo.com
Private citizens are throwing their hats in the ring to be the special master and review the classified documents Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago
"I'm not quite sure what the job specifications are for such an assignment but I would like to offer my services for this task," one person wrote.news.yahoo.com
Trump secret-documents judge was briefly a Miami journalist. She wrote about tomatoes, yoga
Before she became a federal judge — not just any judge, but the Donald Trump-appointed judge who slammed the brakes on the high-profile investigation into the former president’s stash of secret documents at Mar-a-Lago — Aileen Mercedes Cannon was for the blink of an eye a working journalist. And a productive one at that.news.yahoo.com
Former FBI assistant director says Trump could have kept hold of a foreign country's nuclear secrets because it had 'the highest price tag' for classified info
A foreign country, or its adversaries, would pay astronomical prices to find out what the US knew about its nuclear power, said Frank Figliuzzi.news.yahoo.com
Trump search inventory reveals new details from FBI seizure
Along with highly classified government documents, FBI agents who searched former President Donald Trump’s Florida home last month found dozens of folders marked classified but with nothing inside and no explanation of what might have been there.
DOJ alleges former President Trump ‘obstructed their investigation’ by hiding classified documents
“US classified documents were ‘likely concealed and removed from a storage room at Mar-a-Lago as part of an effort to "obstruct" the FBI's investigation into former President Donald Trump’s potential mishandling of materials.”
Feds cite efforts to obstruct probe of docs at Trump estate
The Justice Department says classified documents were “likely concealed and removed” from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate as part of an effort to obstruct the federal investigation into the discovery of the government records.
Hundreds drive from Hialeah to Palm Beach to support Trump after FBI search
Hundreds of people departed a Hialeah Publix headed to Palm Beach in a caravan showing support for former President Donald Trump Saturday in the wake of federal agents executing a search warrant on his Mar-a-Lago estate Monday.
EXPLAINER: How does the FBI get a warrant to search a home?
News that FBI agents descended on former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home and searched it has spawned accusations of a politicized law enforcement organization doing the bidding of the Biden administration in targeting political enemies.
Did Trump break the law? FBI search raises fresh questions
Whether an FBI search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence is a prelude to criminal charges is unknown — especially unclear since other investigations into mishandling of classified information have ended without prosecution or in misdemeanor plea deals.
Trump’s Mar-a-Lago partially closed because of COVID outbreak, reports say
PALM BEACH, Fla. – Former President Donald Trump’s Palm Beach club has been partially closed because of a COVID outbreak. That’s according to several people familiar with the situation, including a club member who received a phone call about the closure Friday. A receptionist at the Mar-a-Lago club confirmed the news, saying it was closed until further notice, but declined to comment further. A person familiar with club operations said that, out of an abundance of caution, the club had partially closed a section “for a short period of time” and quarantined some of its workers. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation by name.
No more presidential helipad at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
US President Donald Trump's helicopter rest on a helipad on the lawn of the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida, April 9, 2017. No more presidential helipad at Mar-a-Lago. A permit was pulled Tuesday by Pyramid Builders for the “removal of existing helipad,” the only helipad in Palm Beach. Town Manager Kirk Blouin told the Palm Beach Daily News that keeping the helipad post-presidency was never an issue. In other news at Mar-a-Lago, Palm Beach had been looking into an agreement that Trump signed with the town, which regulated who could live at the resort.
Trump rejects Dems' request to testify at impeachment trial
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)WASHINGTON – House Democrats on Thursday asked Donald Trump to testify under oath for his Senate impeachment trial, challenging him to respond to their charge that he incited a violent mob to storm the Capitol. Hours after the Democrats' request was revealed, Trump adviser Jason Miller dismissed the trial as “an unconstitutional proceeding” and said the former president would not testify. Separately, Trump’s lawyers denounced the request as a “public relations stunt.”AdThe impeachment trial starts Feb. 9. He asked that Trump provide testimony about his conduct “either before or during the Senate impeachment trial,” and under cross-examination, as early as Monday, Feb. 8, and not later than Thursday, Feb. 11. The Senate could vote to subpoena Trump, or any other witnesses, on a simple majority vote during the trial.
AP Exclusive: GOP to stay neutral should Trump run again
FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2020 file photo, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee in Washington. The head of the Republican National Committee is declining to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)NEW YORK – The head of the Republican National Committee on Wednesday declined to encourage former President Donald Trump to run for the White House in 2024, saying the GOP would stay “neutral” in its next presidential primary. I’m not telling anybody to run or not to run in 2024,” McDaniel told The Associated Press when asked whether she wanted to see Trump run again in the next presidential election. I think it’s dangerous.”Moving forward, she said that voters, not Trump, are the head of the Republican Party, though Trump continues to maintain “a huge, huge presence” with his base.
Supreme Court ends Trump emoluments lawsuits
President Donald Trump speaks with reporters as he walks to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, in Washington. Trump is en route to his Mar-a-Lago Florida Resort. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court on Monday brought an end to lawsuits over whether Donald Trump illegally profited off his presidency. The justices threw out Trump’s challenge to lower court rulings that had allowed lawsuits to go forward alleging that he violated the Constitution’s emoluments clause by accepting payments from foreign and domestic officials who stay at the Trump International Hotel and patronize other businesses owned by the former president and his family. The high court also ordered the lower court rulings thrown out as well and directed appeals courts in New York and Richmond, Virginia, to dismiss the suits as moot now that Trump is no longer in office.
Trump returns to a business empire ravaged by pandemic
“The golf business has never been stronger. Revenue at the family's golf club in Aberdeen dropped by roughly the same proportion. The financial blow from former clients and business partners cutting ties to Trump is unclear, but it could be sizable. Revenue at that course, the Trump Golf Links at Ferry Point, fell 20% last year to $6.4 million. Eric Trump dismissed the backlash, saying parts of the business that get less attention, such as its commercial buildings, are thriving.
Donald Trump greets crowds of supporters in West Palm Beach as his presidency comes to an end
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – As the Inauguration of President Joe Biden took place in Washington D.C., now former President Donald Trump was making his way to Palm Beach County. There were plenty of supporters waiting for him, lining the streets to welcome him back to South Florida. In his final speech as president, Trump took credit for things like the COVID-19 vaccines and the economy, continuing to exaggerate his achievements in office while speaking from Joint Base Andrews. “We just wanted to show him how much we appreciate him,” said Anita Bargas, who traveled from Texas to see Trump. As for what he plans to do next, that’s still unclear, but supporters believe this will not be the end of his political career.
Comforting rituals show in media's depiction of inauguration
(David Tulis/Pool Photo via AP)NEW YORK – After Air Force One took Donald Trump out of Washington, an unusual Inauguration Day quickly felt more traditional — even comforting — for people watching at home. "What we're seeing today is an ejection of insurrection.”Trump skipped the inauguration of his successor, the first president to break that tradition since 1869. “If Democrats need thousands of troops to occupy the Capitol on Inauguration Day, then it seems possible that their candidate wasn't actually elected by the people,” Sharp said. “He said that there is truth and there are lies, lies that are told for power and lies that are told for profit,” Wallace said. The Washington Post updated its count of lies and misstatements by Trump: 30,534 heading into his last day as president.
The Latest: Psaki says Biden will call Trudeau on Friday
___7:40 p.m.White House press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden will allow Congress to decide the way forward on the impeachment trial of his predecessor, Donald Trump. ___7:30 p.m.White House press secretary Jen Psaki says President Joe Biden will call Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, the first call with a foreign leader after Biden took the oath of office. The Senate has voted to confirm Avril Haines as the new director of national intelligence, giving President Joe Biden the first member of his Cabinet. Workers removed the giant sign from the department’s C Street lobby on Wednesday shortly after President Joe Biden was inaugurated. ___4:55 p.m.President Joe Biden has directed that federal agencies halt all rulemaking until his administration has time to review proposed regulations.
State rep.: Mar-a-Lago should be fined, shut after partygoers maskless on NYE amid pandemic
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – A state representative in Palm Beach is calling on the local government to fine and close President Donald Trump’s private club for violating the county’s mask mandate after a New Year’s Eve party. Florida State Rep. Omari Hardy (D-West Palm Beach), wrote to the Assistant County Administrator of Palm Beach County Todd Bonlarron, according to numerous media outlets, including WPBF-TV. And another Tweet that said: “If I can wear a mask at my own wedding, partygoers at Mar-a-Lago can wear a mask on New Year’s Eve. The County’s mask mandate applies to all businesses in Palm Beach County. The presidency does not confer to the President and his friends a special privilege to endanger the health and welfare of Palm Beach County’s residents.”
Officials report 3 new COVID-19 cases in Palm Beach County
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. – Amid the global pandemic, the Florida Department of Health announced early Saturday morning there are three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Palm Beach County. Epidemiologic field investigators are still searching for the cause of the new 37-year-old patient who was diagnosed with the respiratory illness. Investigators reported the cases of the other two patients, a 59-year-old woman, and a 65-year-old man, have “a known history of exposure to COVID-19 associated with travel outside of Florida.”On Friday, public health officials reported there were two travel-related cases involving two men, ages 73 and 74. The Saturday morning DOH reports showed the positive cases of COVID-19 in Florida had surged to 83 -- and include three deaths. Six were Florida residents diagnosed and isolated outside of Florida, seven were non-Florida residents and 70 identified as Florida residents.
Brazilian COVID-19 patient prompts Florida politicians’ quarantines; not Trump
They decided to do after a recent meeting with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications director, Fabio Wajngarten. After his trip to South Florida, Wajngarten was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was in isolation at his home in Brazil. Bolsonaro met with President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham in Mar-a-Lago. The White House reported Wajngarten “had almost no interactions” with Trump and Pence. “We had dinner in Florida at Mar-a-Lago with the entire delegation,” Trump told reporters Thursday in the Oval Office.
Man, woman charged with trespassing at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
PALM BEACH, Fla. – A man and woman were arrested Tuesday after parking a pickup truck and remaining near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida without permission, authorities said. The man and woman were charged with trespassing after warning and resisting without violence, according to a Palm Beach Police Department news release. The man and woman drove a pickup truck onto the resort grounds after being warned not to and then refused to leave, police said. After they were taken into custody, the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office bomb squad responded to make sure the vehicle wasn't dangerous. Last month, a homeless man was arrested outside Mar-a-Lago and charged with trespassing.
Man charged with trespassing near Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort
PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida man was arrested Thursday after officers spotted him hiding near President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, authorities said. Palm Beach Police charged Allen Cox, 38, with violating a previous trespass warning that prohibited him from being near the property, the Palm Beach Post reported. He also told officers that he had no home address. Cox acknowledged that he had been given a previous trespass warning but that he preferred jail to seeing his parents, the report said. Jail records didn’t list whether he had an attorney who could comment.
Jury finds Mar-a-Lago intruder not guilty of trespassing
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – A Florida jury acquitted a Chinese woman Wednesday of trespassing at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort after she testified she didn't understand a security guard who told her to leave. The incident marked the second time in 2019 that a Chinese national was charged with illicitly entering Trump's Florida resort. She said her language barrier prevented her from understanding a security officer's orders to leave the property. Mar-a-Lago has had a rash of security breaches, with at least three trespassing events over the past 14 months, two of them involving Chinese nationals. Zhang was found guilty in September of trespassing and lying to Secret Service agents.
Attorney: Mar-a-Lago checkpoint crasher is mentally ill
Roemhild is mentally ill and wasn't taking her medication before leading a trooper on a wild chase, her attorney told a judge Monday. Attorney David Roth did not elaborate on Hannah Roemhild's illness, but Palm Beach County Judge Ted Booras agreed to have her seen by a psychologist before another hearing is held Friday. Authorities there say she swerved around concrete barriers and through two checkpoints, endangering the lives of Secret Service agents and Palm Beach County deputies staffing them. At some point, Roemheld picked up a female relative before automatic license plate readers tracked her to a motel near Palm Beach International Airport. Roemheld has appeared in several Connecticut operas and said on social media recently that she had an unspecified performance scheduled in Palm Beach this past week.
Attorney: Mar-a-Lago checkpoint crasher is mentally ill
Attorney David Roth did not elaborate on Hannah Roemhild's illness, but Palm Beach County Judge Ted Booras agreed to have her seen by a psychologist before another hearing is held Friday. Authorities say there is no indication she knew she was speeding toward Mar-a-Lago and its security barriers. Authorities there say she swerved around concrete barriers and through two checkpoints, endangering the lives of Secret Service agents and Palm Beach County deputies staffing them. At some point, Roemheld picked up a female relative before automatic license plate readers tracked her to a motel near Palm Beach International Airport. Roemheld has appeared in several Connecticut operas and said on social media recently that she had an unspecified performance scheduled in Palm Beach this past week.
‘Impaired’ opera singer faces charges after driving through Mar-a-Lago checkpoints
He reported seeing her outside of The Breakers Palm Beach, an oceanfront resort about three miles from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. Palm Beach County Sheriff Ric Bradshaw said the trooper tried to stop Roemhild from driving. Deputies and Secret Service agents opened fire on Roemhild, who was “obviously impaired” when she was driving through two Mar-a-Lago security checkpoints, Bradshaw said. (Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office/WPBF)Bradshaw said Roemhild, who doesn’t have a criminal record, wasn’t injured during the shooting or the chase. Romehild remained in a Palm Beach County jail early Saturday, facing both federal and state charges.
Woman in custody after Jeep crashes through security checkpoints near Mar-a-Lago; shots fired
PALM BEACH, Fla. – A woman dancing on top of her Jeep outside The Breakers Palm Beach caught the attention of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper working a security detail at the luxury resort. (WPLG)Both checkpoints were manned by deputies and Secret Service agents, who fired several shots at the Jeep. We didn’t know if somebody was there to try to hit as many pedestrians as possible.”After authorities opened fire, the Jeep continued onto Southern Boulevard and crossed a bridge connecting Palm Beach to West Palm Beach. The rental Jeep was later found near Palm Beach International Airport at a Studio 6 motel, where she and another woman were taken into custody, Bradshaw said. Trump was scheduled to spend Super Bowl weekend at his Palm Beach estate.
President Trump spending Christmas with family at Mar-a-Lago resort
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla, – President Donald Trump has escaped the chill of Washington and his impeachment to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in sunny Florida with family and friends. One thing he isn’t celebrating is the delay in his Senate impeachment trial. The Senate adjourned until January with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic leader Chuck Schumer unable to agree on trial procedure. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said she wants to know how the trial will be handled before she sends two House-passed articles of impeachment against Trump to the Senate. The House also said Trump sought to obstruct its investigation.
Former Mar-a-Lago official gets probation for lying in child porn case
(CNN) - A US serviceman who oversaw Army communications at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida was sentenced to three years of probation for lying during a child pornography investigation, according to court documents. Richard Ciccarella told federal agents that he was the "Non-commissioned Officer in Charge" of White House communications at Mar-a-Lago, the documents state. In July, about two months after his arrest, Ciccarella pleaded guilty to making a false statement to a federal agent during the child pornography investigation. While the photos didn't constitute child pornography, his lies were troubling, Assistant US Attorney Gregory Schiller said, according to the newspaper. When asked by federal agents, Ciccarella denied ever using the Yahoo email that was connected to that username.
Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort potentially in direct path of Hurricane Dorian
Getty ImagesPALM BEACH, Fla. - President Donald Trump's prized Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida is potentially sitting directly in the path of Hurricane Dorian, which is forecast to become an extremely destructive storm. The resort, which is currently closed for the summer, is on the wealthy barrier island of Palm Beach. During the cooler months, Trump visits the property frequently and has held several high-level meetings there with world leaders. The National Hurricane Center's most recent track for Dorian places Mar-a-Lago in the crosshairs of a possible Category 4 storm with winds of almost 140 mph. Still, the resort dates from the 1920s and has seen more than its share of hurricanes in the past.