Judge Gary Klausner admits that the FBI probably hid their true motives in rifling through the contents of hundreds of safe deposit boxes, but says that's fine.
The potential crimes that the FBI is investigating do not hinge on the current classification status of the records that the former president kept at Mar-a-Lago.
Even if Trump did declassify those records, the 11th Circuit says, he "has not identified any reason that he is entitled to them."
Judge Reviewing Mar-a-Lago Documents Complains That Trump Has Offered No Evidence He Declassified Them
In any case, that issue does not seem relevant under the statutes that the FBI cited in its search warrant.
Trump's Lawyers Say It's Not Clear Whether 'Purported' Classified Documents at Mar-a-Lago 'Remain Classified'
The former president's legal team notably did not endorse his claim that he automatically declassified everything he took with him.
The FBI used a network of snitches to spy on entertainers and activists, and the Queen of Soul was no exception.
Trump's Document Trove Reportedly Included Information About a Foreign Nation's Nuclear Capabilities
"Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax," says the former president, who insists that nothing at Mar-a-Lago was actually classified.
The FBI's long history of using informants and manufactured plots to prosecute extremists
That failure adds to the evidence that Trump or his representatives obstructed the FBI's investigation.
The Redacted Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Affidavit Sheds Light on the FBI's Concerns and Trump's Defense
There are still lingering questions about the former president's criminal liability and the threat posed by the documents he kept.
After an embarrassing failure for the FBI counterterrorism program, federal prosecutors won convictions against two of the men accused of plotting to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
We still know almost nothing about their contents, which is relevant in assessing the decision to search Mar-a-Lago.
New court documents show that the FBI planned for months to seize and forfeit property found inside safe deposit boxes in an L.A. raid under the pretext of doing an inventory.
Although U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart is inclined to unseal the document, redactions demanded by the Justice Department could make it hard to understand.
But it's hard to believe conservatives who wanted to lock up their political opponents and opposed police-accountability measures are acting out of principle rather than partisanship.
It's Not Clear Why Trump Thinks Disclosing the Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant Affidavit Would Help His Case
Reinforcing the FBI's suspicions was the whole point of that document, which is likely to remain sealed.
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Whatever threat it may have posed, the trove of government documents seized by the FBI does not reflect well on the former president's judgment.
The law has been abused to prosecute citizens for reasons other than spying. But there are better examples than Trump to highlight problems.
Tax collectors and federal cops have always been rotten to the core.
The former president thought his 2016 opponent should go to prison for recklessly endangering national security.
After the former president dismissed the allegation as a "hoax," multiple sources now report that investigators found top secret and classified documents at Mar-a-Lago.
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As the response to the Mar-a-Lago raid illustrates, Republicans are inconsistent in the other direction.
Garland said the move was in the name of transparency, as part of his pledge that the Justice Department would "speak through its work."
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Instead, the feds are telling us something very revealing about themselves.
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Federal prosecutors want to keep key details about the planning and execution of the March 2021 raid at U.S. Private Vaults out of the public's sight.
It would signal that the transportation future involves decentralization and rapid change rather than Washington-style command-and-control.
Federal and state agencies are busting unlicensed marijuana merchants, who face decades in prison.
The late standup comedian's FBI file says he "ridiculed the FBI, law enforcement, and high public officials, beyond the bounds of good humor."
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The agency’s tactics doomed the prosecution of defendants who allegedly planned to kidnap Michigan's governor.
The plot was organized by a government informant working with the FBI.
"This is such outrageous behavior by the FBI," a D.C. Circuit judge says, calling the agency's special treatment of rich people "deeply troubling."
Lack of participation from police departments has stymied the FBI's national use-of-force database for the past three years, but FBI Director Christopher Wray said a required threshold has finally been met.
The punishment is a bit rich considering the government's own mishandling of pandemic cash.
Censors wore out their welcome during the 20th century's indecency wars.
"It's completely changed my belief in fairness," says Amy Sterner Nelson.
Elizabeth Warren's bizarre theories about corporate greed driving inflation have made their way into federal law enforcement, it seems.