Trump news today: Trump lawyers acknowledge he could face criminal charges over Mar-a-Lago files

Trump claims his supporters are jailed for refusing to say bad things about him

Donald Trump’s legal team have appeared to acknowledge that the Justice Department investigation into classified documents at Mar-a-Lago could result in criminal charges, as they voiced opposition to him answering questions about the “declassification” of the files.

The opposition to Judge Raymond Dearie, who Mr Trump himself had requested as special master in the case, raised eyebrows on Tuesday as the New York judge prepared to hold a first press conference on the matter.

Mr Trump had earlier attacked FBI agents for allegedly ruining his bedroom carpet during the execution of a search warrant last month, during which more than a 100 documents marked classified or top secret were recovered.

The files are among more than 11,000 taken from Mar-a-Lago in the course of the Justice Department’s investigation into mishandling of official documents, which US President Joe Biden described in recent days as being “irresponsible”.

While an Axios report meanwhile revealed why Mr Trumps lawyers had chosen Judge Dearie, a rumoured FBI “skeptic”, as special master in the case brought by the Justice Department against him. Events have so far thrown such claims into doubt as Mr Trump’s legal team voices its opposition to his plan for reviewing those documents.

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Trump mocks Biden for 14th row seating at Queen’s funeral

Donald Trump mocked Joe Biden on Monday for his 14th-row seating assignment at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral service in Windsor Castle.

“This is what’s happened to America in just two short years. No respect!” the former president wrote on Truth Social on Monday. “However, a good time for our President to get to know the leaders of certain Third World countries.”

“In Real Estate, like in Politics and in Life, LOCATION IS EVERYTHING,” Mr Trump added.

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Trump lawyers due to respond to separate order

Donald Trump‘s lawyers are due to respond on Tuesday to a Justice Department appeal of an order stopping it from currently using the classified documents it seized from Mar-a-Lago last month.

It comes after US District Judge Aileen Cannon directed the department to halt its use of the records until a special mater completes his work reviewing the documents.

That order came at the same time as Judge Raymond Judge was appointed as special master to the Justice Department case against Mr Trump, at the former president’s request.

While the Justice Department accepted Mr Dearie’s appointment, it has appealed the decision to block it from reviewing the classified files.

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Trump attorneys oppose answering questions on declassification of documents

In a filing before Judge Raymond Dearie on Monday, Donald Trump’s lawyers said they would object to a plan for determining whether any of the 100 documents from Mar-a-Lago which bear classification markings are privileged because it would require them to say whether Mr Trump actually declassified them.

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Trump revives attacks on CNN’s Don Lemon

Former President Donald Trump has revived his attacks on CNN anchor Don Lemon who is moving from an evening time slot to take over a revived breakfast show at the network.

Mr Trump wrote on Truth Social: “A small step for television, a giant step for mankind. Don Lemon, often called ‘the dumbest man on television’ having made even Lebron James look smart during their interview two years ago, has been FIRED from his prime time evening spot on CNN – extremely low ratings – and will be thrown into their ‘Death Valley’ morning show. I assume this means a BIG salary cut prior to his Complete & Total future firing from Ratings Challenged (to put it mildly!) CNN. Good luck Don, you’ll need it! MAGA!!!”

He further posted: “They call me a ‘ratings machine.’ Don Lemon was also a ratings machine – in reverse. He killed ratings, ate them alive, and always will. If he interviewed Elvis, back from the dead, nobody would watch.”

Turning his attention to his critics at MSNBC’s Morning Joe — Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski — he added: “Add him to the list of Joe Scarborough and his lovely, soothing bride. They are in the ‘can’ also, but now can compete against ‘the dumbest man on television.’ Should help them a lot!!!”

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Special master to hold press conference

A New York courtroom will play host to the first press conference held by Judge Raymond Dearie on Tuesday following his appointment as special master to review more than 11,000 documents taken from Mar-a-Lago, Reuters reports.

Mr Dearie will review the documents and decide which of those should be included in the Justice Department’s investigation, as well as recommending which – if any – of the files are covered by attorney-client privilege or executive privilege, which Mr Trump has claimed without being president.

While Mr Trump denies wrongdoing, the Justice Department has opposed the block on it being able to review the files – particularly those marked as classified or secret.

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Trump favourability rating at recent low

A new NBC News poll shows former president Donald Trump’s popularity hitting a new low amongst registered voters just ahead of the midterm elections.

Mr Trump’s favorability rating dropped two points on August to 32 per cent, which the poll released on Sunday said was the lowest for more than a year for the Republican

Republican consulting firm Public Opinion Strategies and Hart Research Associates surveyed 1,000 registered voters between 9 September and 13 September. The poll had a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points.

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Lawyers for Trump appear to acknowledge possible charges

Donald Trump’s legal team have appeared to acknowledge that the Justice Department investigation into classified documents at Mar-a-Lago could lead to criminal charges, as they voiced opposition to him answering questions about the “declassification” of the files retrieved from Mr Trump’s Florida home.

According to a report in The Washington Post on Tuesday, the former president’s lawyers said they do not want Judge Raymond J Dearie, who they proposed as a special master in the case, to ask how the files obtained by FBI agents and the Justice Department came to be “declassified”, as Mr Trump has claimed as his defence.

Nor did his legal team want Judge Dearie to force Mr Trump to “fully and specifically disclose a defence to the merits of any subsequent indictment without such a requirement being evident in the District Court’s order”.

That statement appeared to acknowledge that there was at least some risk of criminal charges stemming from the long-running investigation into documents held and retrieved from Mar-a-Lago, the Post reported.

Mr Dearie has until 30 November to review about 11,000 documents, including those marked classified and top secret.

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Trump raging about DeSantis over migrant flights

Donald Trump is privately raging at fellow Republican Ron DeSantis over the governor’s decision to authorise flights carrying roughly 50 migrants last week from the southern border to Martha’s Vineyard, Rolling Stone reported.

Ttwo inside sources close to the twice-impeached president told the outlet they heard him vent about the Republican governor taking the limelight ahead of a potential bid for the White House in 2024.

Neither Mr DeSantis nor Mr Trump have made public commitments to run however.

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Trump dismisses George investigation into 2020 lies

Donald Trump on Monday lashed out at the Georgia prosecutor who is overseeing a grand jury probe into efforts to overturn his 2020 election loss in the Peach State.

In a statement released by his political action committee, Mr Trump accused Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis of “spending almost all of her waking hours” on “attempting to prosecute a very popular president, Donald J Trump” rather than focusing on violent crime in Atlanta.

Speaking in an interview with The Washington Post, Ms Willis called the allegations under investigation “very serious” and said “people are facing prison” if they are indicted and convicted as a result of her work.

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Fox News segment amiss over Biden health claims

A doctor threw off a Fox News segment for a brief moment at the weekend after anchor Anita Vogel suggested that US President Joe Bidenhad experienced mental decline while visiting London.

Ms Vogel commented on Mr Biden’s signing of a book of condolence in London on Sunday when she said the Democrat had shown signs of “cognitive decline”.

The 79-year-old, who has faced similar claims from Republicans and his processor Donald Trump, had been filmed by television cameras asking his wife where they were going after signing the book of condelence in the wake of Queen Elizabeth II’s death last week.

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