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Trump news – live: Trump warns US in ‘very dangerous position’ in first interview since Mar-a-Lago raid

Calls for release of court documents come after search warrant showed Trump had 11 sets of classified documents

What happened during the FBI Mar-a-Lago raid?

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

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.

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

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.

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Andrew Yang embarrassed by own tweets on Trump raid

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.

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Lindsey Graham on Fulton County subpoena defeat

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:

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

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:

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Armed Trump supporters protest at FBI office in Phoenix

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:

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Lindsey Graham loses fight against subpoena

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.

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Rising extremism: Turning Point leader fires up right-wing crowd

At a conference of his Turning Point USA organisation this weekend, Trumpist agitator Charlie Kirk gave an incendiary speech to his assembled audience of right-wing followers, telling them that the raid on Mar-a-Lago was an attack not just on Donald Trump, but on them as Americans.

Demanding that his followers tell everyone they can that the raid “only makes me like Trump even more,” he also reiterated what has become a shibboleth of sorts on a particular wing of the American right: that the US is “a republic, not a democracy”.

Mr Kirk presents himself as an acceptable face of intellectual conservatism, but is also open about his association with far-right figues such as the notorious white supremacist disinformation agent Jack Posobiec.

He also attracts fans and listeners on the extremes of the right-wing movement: at an event in Idaho last year, he was asked by an audience member “When do we get to use the guns?” and “How many elections are they going to steal before we kill these people?”

Mr Kirk answered by warning the man he was “playing into all [the left’s] plans, and they’re trying to make you do this”. When asked to identify “the line” that when crossed would require murderous, violent action, Mr Kirk did not dispute that such a point existed, but instead replied: “The line is when we exhaust every single one of our state ability to push back against what's happening.

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Pro-Trump “cult” leader wants him arrested – to vindicate surreal conspiracy theory

Michael Protzman, who leads a hardcore QAnon-adjacent cult under the moniker Negative48, appears to be treating the Mar-a-Lago raid as an opportunity, hoping that it results in the FBI arresting the former president and fingerprinting him – so that they discover he is not in fact Donald Trump, but the living, breathing John F. Kennedy.

Mr Protzman last year gathered a group of believers in Dallas to witness the anticipated return of JFK and his son JFK Jr, whom a small and particularly extreme segment of the wider QAnon community believes did not in fact die. Reports from relatives of those who stayed with him in Dallas – some for several months – say that they kept themselves in state of hyper-aware sleep deprivation, and even that they may have drunk bleach.

Mr Protzman has previously promoted the theory that the Donald Trump seen in public is in fact JFK in disguise, including after an Arizona rally in January this year.

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Pro-Trump DC protest cancelled

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.

Following the FBI raid at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, supporters of the former president began reupping a call to arms across social media platforms and alt-right blogs to coordinate protests outside the offices of the federal agency responsible for domestic intelligence and security service. But then conspiracies began speculating throughout pro-Trump media forums that the event was a “trap” and could perhaps be co-opted by the same agency the supporters were protesting.

Johanna Chisholm writes:

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