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Trump news - live: Ex-president says ‘everyone brings work home’ after FBI haul unsealed

Rolling coverage of the latest developments following the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago

Trump lawyer does not ‘believe’ that secret nuclear documents found at Mar-a-Lago

The new defence coming out of Donald Trump’s office in response to the raid on his Florida home is that the documents found at Mar-a-Lago had already been declassified.

A statement defending the keeping of the documents at the former president’s private club was shared on Fox News on Friday by right-wing writer John Solomon.

“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents including classified documents from the Oval Office to the residence,” the statement said. “He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified.”

Mr Trump has denied reports that he had documents related to nuclear weapons at his home and accused the FBI of “planting information.”

This response came after a Florida judge unsealed the FBI search warrant that allowed agents to enter Mr Trump’s Palm Beach home on Monday.

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VOICES: If Trump really had classified nuclear documents at his home, the consequences will be huge

Four days after FBI agents executed a search warrant at the Palm Beach, Florida mansion turned private club where Donald Trump keeps his primary residence and office, shoes appear to be dropping fast.

On Thursday, US attorney general Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice (DOJ) would ask the Florida judge who approved the search of the ex-president’s property to unseal the warrant and itemised receipt that Mr Trump’s attorneys were given after the FBI finished searching his home and office. And as the clock struck midnight on Friday, Mr Trump announced that he would not oppose the Justice Department’s motion to unseal the warrant.

Initial reports from well-sourced journalists on the Trumpworld beat indicated that he was resisting calls to consent to the release of the warrant. But something happened in between Mr Garland’s press conference and the ex-president’s midnight statement: The conflict between the former president and the government he once led went nuclear.

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Unsealed search warrant suggests Trump being investigated under Espionage Act

FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home on Monday found documents classified above top secret as well as the paperwork for Trump ally Roger Stone’s pardon and information about French president Emmanuel Macron.

According to a copy of the warrant and inventory of documents recovered from Mr Trump’s property which was obtained by The Independent, agents recovered from the ex-president a set of papers bearing markings identifying them as Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information — a level of classification above the top secret level which is often applied to intelligence sources as well as the US nuclear arsenal.

Andrew Feinberg reports.

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What is the Espionage Act?

What do the transgender whistleblower Chelsea Manning, the 1950s Soviet spy Julius Rosenberg, and former president Donald Trump all have in common?

The answer, according to a now-public search warrant for the FBI’s extraordinary raid on Mr Trump’s Florida home of Mar-a-Lago on Monday, is that all four have been investigated under suspicion of violating the Espionage Act of 1917.

Io Dodds reports.

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Ex-president says ‘everyone brings work home’ after FBI haul unsealed

The new defence coming out of Mr Trump’s office in response to the raid on his Florida home is that the documents found at Mar-a-Lago had already been declassified.

Some of the documents were marked “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

A statement defending the keeping of the documents at the former president’s private club was shared on Fox News on Friday by right-wing writer John Solomon.

“As we can all relate to, everyone ends up having to bring home their work from time to time. American presidents are no different. President Trump, in order to prepare for work the next day, often took documents including classified documents from the Oval Office to the residence,” the statement said. “He had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken into the residence were deemed to be declassified.”

This would mean that anyone would be able to view the documents.

“The power to classify and declassify documents rests solely with the President of the United States. The idea that some paper-pushing bureaucrat, with classification authority delegated by the president, needs to approve of declassification is absurd,” the statement said.

Mr Solomon wrote on his site Just The News that Mr Trump’s office said that “the very fact that these documents were present at Mar-a-Lago means they couldn’t have been classified”.

Graeme Wood, writing for The Atlantic, noted that “the Atomic Energy Acts of 1946 and 1954 produced an even [stronger] category of classified knowledge. Anything related to the production or use of nuclear weapons and nuclear power is inherently classified, and Trump could utter whatever words he pleased yet still be in possession of classified material”.

The new statement from Mr Trump’s office goes against previous messages from the former president, in which he baselessly claimed the FBI could have planted evidence at Mar-a-Lago during the raid.

Presidents can declassify documents, but they must follow a certain procedure.

“He can’t just wave a wand and say it’s declassified,” Obama assistant deputy director of national intelligence Richard Immerman told NBC News. “There has to be a formal process. That’s the only way the system can work.”

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From mundane to explosive: What nuclear documents might Trump have had at Mar-a-Lago?

From the moment FBI agents walked out of Mar-a-Lago with boxes under their arms, the contents of the documents contained within have been the subject of fierce speculation.

The nature of those documents could determine the level of legal peril Donald Trump faces in the Department of Justice’s investigation into his handling of classified information.

Federal authorities have given few clues about what they removed from the former president’s residence on Monday morning, but the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that around 20 boxes were taken from the residence, including “Various classified/TS/SCI documents,” an abbreviation that refers to top-secret/sensitive compartmented information.

The report followed a story in which sources familiar with the investigation told theWashington Post that “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons” were among the items being sought.

The Independent’s Richard Hall investigates what those documents might’ve been.

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Here’s what the FBI seized from ex-president’s Mar-a-Lago home

There was an order pardoning his friend Roger Stone, and 11 boxes of classified documents. There was a box bound in “leather”, and information about the “president of France”.

There were “miscellaneous secret documents”, and a binder of photos.

These were among the items taken by the FBI when agents searched Donald Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, according to the search warrant released by a judge on Friday.

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Biden expected to announce re-election campaign shortly after midterms

President Joe Biden is reportedly planning to announce his re-election campaign for president shortly after the 2022 midterm elections, multiple aides and allies told Bloomberg News.

Members of the president’s inner circle say that he is considering doing so amid a series of legislative victories by Democrats, as well as wanting to deny former president Donald Trump another term.

“The president has said he’s planning on running again,” Anita Dunn, who works in the Biden administration, told Bloomberg. “People should take him at his word.”

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House Democrats pass climate and health care bill on party-line vote

Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act – a massive bill that focuses on combating climate change, lowering the cost of prescription drugs and continues subsidies for health insurance– through the House of Representatives, sending it to President Joe Biden’s desk.

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Trump keeps trying to divert attention to Obama over ‘nuclear’ records scandal

As the FBI’s search warrant for Donald Trump’s Palm Beach residence was unsealed by a Florida judge, the former president continued to propagate a conspiracy theory regarding his predecessor as a way of diverting attention.

Unfortunately for Mr Trump, his efforts on Friday were swiftly and publicly debunked by the National Archives, which rejected his baseless accusation.

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Trump denies storing nuclear weapons papers at Mar-a-Lago

Former president Donald Trump denied reports that he had documents related to nuclear weapons at his home on Friday morning and accused the FBI of “planting information.”

Mr Trump lashed out on his media platform Truth Social in response to a report from The Washington Post published Thursday evening. The report explained that when the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago home earlier this week, they were looking for documents relating to nuclear weapons.

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