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Garland’s orders appointing Smith and Hur authorize them to 'prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters,' or refer 'discrete prosecutions' to 'the appropriate United States Attorney.' 

Special counsels have been appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland for investigations into how classified documents ended up in the homes of President Joe Biden and former President Trump - but who are the counsels and what can they actually do? Read more»

The appointment of a special counsel comes less than two months after the attorney general named another special counsel to oversee the handling of classified materials by former President Donald Trump.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that he is appointing a special counsel to investigate classified documents discovered in the Delaware home and former office of President Joe Biden. Read more»

FBI agents who searched former President Trump's home found empty folders marked with classified banners. The inventory reveals in general terms the contents of the 33 boxes taken during the Aug. 8 search.

Empty folders with classified banners and more than 10,000 government records were among the records seized from former President Trump’s Florida residence last month, intermingled with press clippings, unclassified government documents, photographs, clothing and books. Read more»

Former President Donald Trump at an event in Texas in January, 2021.

A federal judge chose to hold off on deciding whether to appoint a special master in the government review of materials seized from the home of former President Donald Trump - though the government’s team has already reviewed the materials. Read more»

A court filing by the Justice Department just minutes before midnight on Aug. 30 says documents seized by the FBI don’t belong to former President Donald Trump and someone has deliberately concealed documents marked classified from a federal grand jury. Read more» 1

The Justice Department investigation into the handling of classified documents by former President Donald Trump is still in the early stages - and more information undoubtedly will come out - but the timeline of events leading to the warrant begins back in 2021. Read more»

The Department of Justice said Monday that a “limited set” of materials potentially containing information covered by attorney-client privilege was found among the 20 boxes of documents seized earlier this month from former President Donald Trump. Read more»

Within the 15 boxes of documents the National Archives received earlier this year, the federal agents found 184 documents with classified markings, including 67 marked confidential, 92 marked secret, 25 marked top secret.

The U.S. government on Friday posted a redacted version of the affidavit used by the FBI to gain court approval for the search of former President Donald Trump’s south Florida resort home, Mar-a-Lago. Read more»

Former President Donald Trump, at an event in Texas in  January, 2021.

Attorneys for former President Donald Trump filed a motion Monday asking a Florida federal court to appoint a “special master” to review classified documents the FBI seized from his Mar-a-Lago home two weeks ago. Read more»

The Supreme Court has not weighed in on whether Trump could unilaterally ignore past executive orders on declassification procedures.

Former President Donald Trump's statement claiming he had a standing order that documents removed from the Oval Office and taken to his residence were deemed to be declassified isn't plausible - and may be irrelevant to his criminal investigation. Read more»

The search appears to be related to the National Archives and Records Administration’s ongoing efforts to recover presidential documents.

Social media posts claiming the FBI search of the home of former President Donald Trump was politically motivated have been swirling online, despite there being no evidence that President Biden “had his department of justice’s FBI raid” Trump’s home. Read more»

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago. Read more»

Donald Trump at a town hall meeting in Derry, N.H.

Details of the FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate search are not clear, but reporting shows it was “at least in part” for presidential records that Trump had taken from the White House - records the National Archives knew were missing. Read more»

The FBI raid on former President Donald Trump has Republicans rallying to his defense, echoing his unfounded claims that it was a political hit job - but legal experts say there would have been a very high standard of probable cause to execute such a search. Read more»

There seems little doubt that the Justice Department had compelling, perhaps overwhelming, legal justifications for conducting this unprecedented search of a former president’s home.

The FBI’s raid of former President Donald Trump’s estate on Aug. 8, 2022, caught Trump by surprise – and prompted immediate speculation about exactly why and how the law enforcement agency secured a search warrant. Read more»

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