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.
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.
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.
We still know almost nothing about their contents, which is relevant in assessing the decision to search Mar-a-Lago.
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.
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.
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 former president thought his 2016 opponent should go to prison for recklessly endangering national security.
A senator and two congressmen team up to help protect whistleblowers from vindictive prosecution.
If you believe that moving most of our chip production onshore is good for national security, you should labor for regulatory reforms rather than subsidies.
The alarm aroused by the Disinformation Governance Board is understandable given the administration’s broader assault on messages it considers dangerous.
The former Texas congressman and presidential candidate says his goal was to get people to think about freedom.
According to the Pentagon, no crimes were committed.
We’ll have to pay attention this time to ensure a conclusion to the accidental forever war.
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Adopting "counterinsurgency" tactics for use against wide swaths of Americans can only make the situation worse.
Joe Biden's natsec team fulfills his campaign promise of a return to normalcy and conventional Washington. That also means maintaining the failed status quo of the post-9/11 era.
The Trump administration should discredit the former national security adviser's ideas, not subject him to a retaliatory investigation.
"I know what moral panics look like; they look kind of like this."
The issue may be headed for the Supreme Court, which hopefully will reverse its 1981 ruling in Rostker v. Goldberg.
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They simply disagree over who should be in charge of misusing and abusing those excessive powers.
Keeping America safe!
Both the House and the Senate want transit agencies to stop buying rolling stock from Chinese-owned companies.
Due Process Concerns Abound
Trump thinks that by publishing the piece, the Times is "virtually" guilty of "treason."
It is possible to believe that President Trump targeted Brennan for political reasons, and also that Brennan is unhinged and unreliable.
The Kentucky Republican is glad Trump stripped ex-CIA Director John Brennan of his security clearance. But Trump shouldn't stop there, Paul says.