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Trump dined with Kanye West and white nationalist Nick Fuentes, adviser says

Former President Donald Trump had dinner Tuesday at his Mar-a-Lago estate with white nationalist Nick Fuentes and rapper Kanye West, a Trump adviser confirmed to CBS News on Friday.The former president said in a statement to CBS News that he did not know who Fuentes was, nor that he would be arriving with West, who is also known as Ye.  "Kanye West very much wanted to visit Mar-a-Lago. Our dinner meeting was intended to be Kanye and me only, but he arrived with a guest whom I had never met and knew nothing about," Trump said in a statement to CBS News. The news of the dinner was first reported by Axios. Fuentes is a leading figure on the far-right, having attended the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017 and the "Stop the Steal" ral...
Garland names special counsel to oversee Trump documents case, aspects of Jan. 6 probe
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Garland names special counsel to oversee Trump documents case, aspects of Jan. 6 probe

Attorney General Merrick Garland has named a special counsel to oversee the entirety of the Justice Department's criminal investigation into the retention of national defense information at former President Donald Trump's residence at Mar-a-Lago and key aspects of the Jan. 6 investigation."I'm here today to announce the appointment of the special counsel in connection with two ongoing criminal investigations that have received significant public attention," Garland said. Garland announced at a news conference Friday that John "Jack" Smith will be the special counsel tasked with investigating and deciding whether charges should be brought. He called Smith an "impartial and determined prosecutor." Smith is currently the chief prosecutor for the special counsel in the Hague.  ...
Justice Department appeals ruling on special master in Trump case, says investigation could be “irreparably injured” by pause
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Justice Department appeals ruling on special master in Trump case, says investigation could be “irreparably injured” by pause

Washington —The Justice Department filed notice Thursday that it is appealing a Florida federal court's ruling that appointed a special master, or an independent third party, to review the documents seized by federal law enforcement at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort.Judge Aileen Cannon, appointed to the bench by Trump in 2020, ruled Monday that the federal investigators probing whether Trump mishandled classified documents were to stop using the seized documents in their criminal probe, pending the review of a special master.The Justice Department also asked Cannon to partially lift her own ruling so that investigators can continue reviewing the 103 most sensitive documents seized from Mar-a-Lago that contained classified markings, including TOP SECRET, the highe...
Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb thinks Justice Department’s Trump investigation is related to Jan. 6 — “The Takeout” podcast
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Former Trump White House lawyer Ty Cobb thinks Justice Department’s Trump investigation is related to Jan. 6 — “The Takeout” podcast

Ty Cobb, who was a White House lawyer during former President Donald Trump's administration, suspects the Justice Department investigation into whether Trump mishandled White House documents — some of them highly classified — is really about a broader inquiry into potential crimes related to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot and efforts to overturn the 2020 election. "It is about the bigger picture, the Jan. 6 issues, the fake electors, the whole scam with regard to the 'big lie' and the attempts to…cling to the presidency in a desperate fashion," Cobb said on this week's episode of "The Takeout" podcast.A clue for Cobb, a former federal prosecutor, was the scope of the warrant authorized to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago compound."The search warrant is unusually large and broad," Cobb told...
Trump claims FBI search at Mar-a-Lago is going to produce backlash
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Trump claims FBI search at Mar-a-Lago is going to produce backlash

Wilkes-Barre, PA — In a speech that lasted nearly two hours on Saturday night in northeastern Pennsylvania, former President Donald Trump decried the FBI search at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida as "one of the most shocking abuses of power by any administration," and compared his treatment to that in a "third-world nation." It was his first rally since the FBI served a search warrant Aug. 8, seizing dozens of documents marked as classified. "The shameful raid and break-in of my home, Mar-a-Lago, was a travesty of justice that made a mockery of America's laws, traditions and principles before the entire world," Trump said before the passionate crowd at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.Mr Trump said, without merit, that the FBI and the Justice Department have become "vicious monst...
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GOP seat lead shrinks as Biden approval ticks up — CBS News Battleground Tracker poll

Republicans head into the fall still in position to gain enough House seats for a majority, but a tumultuous summer has made their advantage appear a little smaller today — with a trend so far pointing toward narrow gains instead of a wave. Our CBS News Battleground Tracker estimates Republicans at 226 seats today, down from 230 estimated in July. A majority of 218 is needed to win control. While Republicans continue to lead with people who prioritize the economy, at least three things are tempering their overall advantage:Abortion rights: it's still on voters' minds, buttressing Democratic support and helping them with women in swing districts. Gas prices: most report prices in their area coming down, and with them, views of Biden's handling...
John Ratcliffe says nothing visible in affidavit justified “extreme” Mar-a-Lago search
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John Ratcliffe says nothing visible in affidavit justified “extreme” Mar-a-Lago search

John Ratcliffe, the former director of national intelligence under former President Donald Trump, said nothing he saw in the heavily redacted affidavit for the Mar-a-Lago search warrant justified what seemed like an "extreme" approach by the FBI and Justice Department. Ratcliffe made the comments in a Friday interview with CBS News senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge. "Well, as expected, it was heavily redacted in places," Ratcliffe said, giving his reaction to the redacted affidavit's release Friday. "You know, I think it provided a general recitation of the fact that the FBI and the Department of Justice believed that there were classified documents at Mar-a-Lago. But I didn't really see anything in the affidavit that justified what still seems like an extreme a...
Trump files motion over Mar-a-Lago search
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Trump files motion over Mar-a-Lago search

Washington — In a new lawsuit, former President Donald Trump has filed a motion asking that a special master be named to review the documents seized by the FBI at his Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this month. He has also asked the court to block the Justice Department from further reviewing the material until that happens, court documents filed Monday reveal.According to the filing in the Southern District of Florida, attorneys for the former president wrote that a special master — a court-appointed monitor who would go over the evidence and review its contents for any privileged information — is necessary to protect Trump's constitutional rights, following what they referred to as an "unprecedented" law-enforcement operation.Calling for a "careful review process," Trump's attorneys...
Trump team weighs releasing Mar-a-Lago search warrant, inventory, video and photos
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Trump team weighs releasing Mar-a-Lago search warrant, inventory, video and photos

Former President Donald Trump's legal team is weighing whether to release the search warrant and inventory of material seized at Mar-a-Lago before a federal judge rules on the matter, according to a Florida-based attorney for Trump, Lindsey Halligan.Earlier Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Justice Department had filed a motion to unseal the warrant and related documents, "absent objection from the former president." Trump has until 3 p.m. Friday to respond.His legal team is also discussing whether to release video and photos of the search, Halligan said. Two sources familiar with Trump's legal strategy said that before FBI agents executed the warrant, they asked that Mar-a-Lago's private security cameras be turned off. Trump's team refused to comply.  ...
Trump says Mar-a-Lago was “raided” by FBI
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Trump says Mar-a-Lago was “raided” by FBI

Former President Donald Trump said Monday that Mar-a-Lago, the Florida club that is his primary residence, is "currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents." Sources tell CBS News the search is connected to a Justice Department investigation of claims by the National Archives that it found 15 boxes of records including classified material at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year."Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before," Trump said in a statement. "After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate."  Trump said, "they even broke into my safe!" A source close to Trump confirmed to CBS News that the former president was not at Mar-a-Lago on ...