After the decision , The circle around donald trump is tightening
After the 2024 decision, the circle around Donald Trump is tightening.
"My beautiful Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida is currently besieged, overrun and occupied by a large group of FBI agents," Trump said on his favorite social media site, TruthSocial, Monday night. . "They also broke into my safe," he added. Officers appear to be focused on the area of the sprawling property where Trump's offices and homes are located.
It was not immediately clear what the FBI was looking for or, more specifically, what the agents were looking for. A source familiar with the investigation told CNN that boxes of items were seized during the search.
We know that federal investigators subpoenaed the National Archives and Records Administration in May seeking access to sensitive documents that were brought to Trump's Florida home as part of a grand jury investigation aimed at determine whether Trump or someone close to him was misclassified. . The documents he took with him when he left the White House last January. Earlier this year, 15 boxes of White House documents that Trump brought to Mar-a-Lago were recovered and returned to the National Archives. Among the items in the returned boxes were letters from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former President Barack Obama. The FBI search also comes the same day the New York Times' Maggie Haberman revealed photos of torn bills showing Trump's handwriting in bathrooms, one of which was in the White House. This is consistent with this CNN report from mid-February:
“Three former White House staffers told CNN they saw Trump repeatedly manually destroy documents he no longer interested in or stopped reviewing, a process that made it difficult for White House secretaries to maintain presidential records. The president systematically sorted through the filing boxes, ripping out newspaper clippings or draft tweets that he rejected and tossing them on the floor, or stacking the papers they wanted to hang haphazardly on his desk."
Deleting memos, emails, and other forms of presidential communication is against federal law, as defined in the Presidential Records Act. (By law, all of the president's correspondence is ultimately public property.) The FBI's execution of the search warrant also came days after news broke that Trump's attorney l had referred to the Ministry of Justice. An ongoing investigation into the riots at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021. As CNN first reported:
“Discussions revolve around whether Trump will be able to shield federal investigators from conversations that took place while he was president.
"In recent weeks, investigators have moved aggressively into Trump's orbit, subpoenaing former White House officials, targeting efforts to nullify the 2020 election and contacting attorneys who attempted to assist in these efforts."
CNN also reported that Trump recently asked his legal team if he could be charged, although he himself was skeptical about revealing this. (Note: Trump is not a lawyer.)
The series of events, culminating in a high-profile search of Trump's home on Monday, reinforces a fundamental truth about Trump's fate: He views the 2024 presidential race as more of a legal than a political issue.
Politically, Trump is the 800-pound gorilla of the Republican camp. Over the weekend, he convincingly won a vote at a conservative rally in Texas. And, having announced his intention to run for office, the bigger question now is when, if not, will he announce his candidacy?
Complicating all of this are Trump's growing legal troubles, or at least the palpable sense that such investigations are catching up with him. Trump is under fire in the courts for flattering Republicans. Trump is under indiment something else entirely.
We are definitely not there yet. But FBI activity on Monday suggests Trump's legal troubles may get worse before they get better. And they can be much worse.