DOJ/FBI: “A redacted version of the affidavit used to justify the August 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property was unsealed Friday [August 26, 2022].

The heavily blacked-out document nevertheless showed that, in the 15 boxes that Trump initially sent to the National Archives, 184 documents had classification markings, including 25 marked as top secret…

[U.S. Magistrate Judge] Reinhart wrote that the DOJ had ‘met its burden’ of showing why portions of the affidavit should be redacted, including that the disclosure would reveal identities of witnesses, law enforcement agents and uncharged parties…

The action followed months of dispute between Trump’s team, the Justice Department and the National Archives over his complaints with the Presidential Records Act, which mandates that presidential records belong to the government, not the former president. DOJ attorneys issued a subpoena for additional records last spring, as well as security footage, but reportedly had reason to believe that additional boxes were being held at Mar-a-Lago.”

-Ted Johnson, “Court Unseals Redacted Version Of Affidavit Used To Justify Search Of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Property,” deadline.com, August 26, 2022


FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “FBI agents sought court permission to search former president Donald Trump’s home this month after reviewing 184 classified documents that were kept at the Florida property after he left the White House…

FBI agents dressed in polos and khakis executed the search warrant at the Palm Beach estate, carting away an additional 20 boxes of items from a bedroom, office and a first-floor storage room, according to an inventory of what was retrieved from the property that was made public earlier this month…

Some material recovered in the search is considered extraordinarily sensitive, two people familiar with the search have said, and could reveal carefully guarded secrets about U.S. intelligence-gathering methods. One of the people said the information is ‘among the most sensitive secrets we hold.’”

-Devlin Barrett and Perry Stein, “Affidavit to search Trump’s Mar-a-Lago says 184 classified files found in January,” washingtonpost.com, August 26, 2022


DOJ/FBI: “FBI agents have already finished their examination of possibly privileged documents seized in an Aug. 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to a Justice Department court filing Monday [August 29, 2022] that could undercut the former president’s efforts to have a special master appointed to review the files.

The ‘filter team’ used by the Justice Department to sort through the documents and weed out any material that should not be reviewed by criminal investigators has completed its review.”

-Devlin Barrett, “Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents already examined by FBI, Justice Dept. tells judge,” washingtonpost.com, August 29, 2022


HILLARY CLINTON/LINDSEY GRAHAM: “Senator Lindsey Graham’s prediction on Sunday [August 28, 2022] that a prosecution of former President Donald J. Trump would lead to ‘riots in the streets’ added an element of menace to the fraught decisions facing Justice Department officials as they consider next steps in the investigation of Mr. Trump’s handling of classified material…

‘If they try to prosecute President Trump for mishandling classified information after Hillary Clinton set up a server in her basement, there literally will be riots in the street. I worry about our country,’ he said.”

-Jonathan Weisman, “Graham Predicts ‘Riots in the Streets’ if Trump Is Prosecuted,” nytimes.com, August 29, 2022


2020 ELECTION/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald Trump demanded reinstatement as president or ‘a new Election, immediately’ after news that Facebook temporarily limited a controversial story about Hunter Biden’s laptop in users’ news feeds before the 2020 election.

Trump was responding to Facebook, now Meta, CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s comments on Joe Rogan’s podcast that a New York Post story about the laptop ‘fit the pattern’ of polarizing content, including “Russian propaganda,” that the FBI had warned the company about.”

-Nicole Gaudiano, “Trump demands reinstatement as ‘rightful’ president or ‘a new Election, immediately!’ as some Republicans seek distance from him,” businessinsider.com, August 29, 2022


GOP/JOE BIDEN/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “President Biden traveled to Independence Hall on Thursday [September 1, 2022] to warn that America’s democratic values are under assault by forces of extremism loyal to former President Donald J. Trump, using a prime-time address to define the midterm elections as a ‘battle for the soul of this nation.’

In a 24-minute speech, Mr. Biden blamed his predecessor for stoking a movement filled with election deniers and people calling for political violence. He went out of his way to declare that not all Republicans embrace extremism, however, and he said that defending democracy would require rejecting Mr. Trump and his ideology in elections this fall.”

-Zolan Kanno-Youngs and Michael D. Shear, “Biden Warns That American Values Are Under Assault by Trump-Led Extremism,” nytimes.com, September 1, 2022


JOE BIDEN/GOP: “Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans represent an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic…

Not every Republican embraces their extreme ideology… But there is no question that the Republican Party today is dominated, driven, and intimidated by Donald Trump and the MAGA Republicans, and that is a threat to this country.”

-Joe Biden, “Remarks by President Biden on the Continued Battle for the Soul of the Nation,” whitehouse.gov, September 1, 2022


2020 ELECTION/PARDONS: “Donald Trump said on Thursday [September 1, 2022] he would pardon and apologize to those who participated in the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6 if he were elected to the White House again.

‘I mean full pardons with an apology to many,’ he told Wendy Bell, a conservative radio host on Thursday. ‘I will be looking very, very strongly about pardons, full pardons.’

Five people died in connection with the attack and more than 140 law enforcement officers were injured.”

-Sam Levine, “Donald Trump says he plans to pardon US Capitol attack participants if elected,” theguardian.com, September 1, 2022


INVESTIGATIONS/TRUMP BUSINESS: “Ex-President Donald Trump and his former longtime accounting firm have agreed to turn over some financial records to the House Oversight and Reform Committee in a deal that will end a lawsuit over their prior refusal to do so, that panel and Trump’s lawyers said…

The deal does not cover a separate lawsuit involving the House Ways and Means Committee, which is seeking Trump’s federal tax returns from 2015 through 2020…

The committee sought the documents in 2019 as part of its investigation into Trump’s conflicts of interest involving his businesses while serving as president and his foreign financial ties.”

-Dan Mangan, “Trump and accounting firm agree to give financial records to House Oversight Committee in deal to end court battle,” cnbc.com, September 1, 2022


2016 ELECTION/2020 ELECTION/FBI/RUSSIA/SOCIAL MEDIA: “In a 24-hour period this week, former President Donald J. Trump posted to his social media platform, Truth Social, 88 times, amplifying one conspiracy theory after another.

Among his unsupported claims: A retiring F.B.I. agent was behind both the search of his Mar-a-Lago property on Aug. 8 and the investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia; a forthcoming report will prove widespread corruption against his 2016 campaign; and he should be reinstalled as president because the 2020 election was fraudulent.”

-Stuart A. Thompson, “Trump Embraces Conspiracy Theories He Only Winked at Before,” nytimes.com, September 2, 2022


TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY/WILLIAM BARR: “In his sharpest critique of his former boss, former attorney general William P. Barr said there is no reason classified documents should have been inside Donald Trump’s personal residence in Florida after he was no longer president.

‘No, I can’t think of a legitimate reason why they could be taken out of government, away from the government, if they are classified,’ Barr said in an interview with Fox News that aired Friday [September 2, 2022]…

‘People say this was unprecedented,’ Barr said Friday, ‘but it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a country club, okay?’”

-Azi Paybarah, “Barr says no ‘legitimate reason’ for Trump to have classified documents,” washingtonpost.com, September 2, 2022


JOE BIDEN: “President Biden on Friday [September 2, 2022] said he does not consider any Donald Trump supporters to be a ‘threat’ to the U.S., though he said the failure to condemn violence for political gains was ‘inappropriate.’

The president’s comments were in answer to a question from Fox News’ Peter Doocy who asked if Biden considered all Trump supporters to be a threat to the country less than a day after he blasted ‘MAGA Republicans’ in a speech Thursday.”

-Caitlin McFall, “Biden says Trump supporters not a threat to country after speech blasting ‘MAGA Republicans,’” foxnews.com, September 2, 2022


DOJ/FBI: “The Justice Department on Friday [September 2, 2022] filed a more detailed list of documents taken in its raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, including dozens of classified documents and folders with classified markings…

The document includes little that was unexpected. A different federal judge unsealed a less detailed property receipt last month which showed that the FBI took several boxes of documents from Trump’s property, which included ‘Various classified/TS/SCI documents.’ Trump, meanwhile, has complained publicly that the FBI took documents and items allegedly unrelated to its investigation.

However, the Friday filing does underscore the massive amount of material the government took from Mar-a-Lago, including many government documents.”

-David Spunt, Bill Mears, and Tyler Olson, “Trump FBI raid: DOJ releases more details on documents taken from Mar-a-Lago,” foxnews.com, September 2, 2022


RALLY: “It’s impossible to explain how great the people last night were in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The level of love they have for our Country is both unbelievable and highly impressive—it is more than anyone would ever know. If the Radical Left Lunatics that work so hard to destroy our Country could just get a little bit of the love, energy, enthusiasm, spirit, and patriotism that we witnessed last night, our Country would go to the top of every list like a rocket ship. Thank you to everyone who attended the Rally last night. It was a two-hour speech, and the only disappointment was that they were screaming, ‘Please, please, go longer.’ They love our Country, and I love them!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 4, 2022


DOJ/FBI: “Remember, it takes courage and ‘guts’ to fight a totally corrupt Department of ‘Justice’ and the FBI. They are being pushed to do the wrong thing by many sinister outside sources. Until impartiality, wisdom, fairness, and courage are shown by them, our Country can never come back or recover—it will be reduced to being a Third World Nation!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 5, 2022


DOJ/FBI: “In a legal victory for former President Donald Trump, a federal judge on Monday granted his request for a special master to review documents seized by the FBI from his Florida home and temporarily halted the Justice Department’s use of the records for investigative purposes…

The order came despite the strenuous objections of the Justice Department, which said a special master was not necessary in part because officials had already completed their review of potentially privileged documents.”

-Eric Tucker, “Judge grants Trump bid for special master in document search,” apnews.com, September 6, 2022


FBI/NUCLEAR: “A document describing a foreign government’s military defenses, including its nuclear capabilities, was found by FBI agents who searched former president Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence and private club last month, according to people familiar with the matter, underscoring concerns among U.S. intelligence officials about classified material stashed in the Florida property.

Some of the seized documents detail top-secret U.S. operations so closely guarded that many senior national security officials are kept in the dark about them… such documents were stored at Mar-a-Lago, with uncertain security, more than 18 months after Trump left the White House.”

-Devlin Barrett and Carol D. Leonnig, “Material on foreign nation’s nuclear capabilities seized at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago,” washingtonpost.com, September 6, 2022


FAKE NEWS/IMPEACHMENT/RUSSIA: “The Fake News Mainstream Media, Democrats, and RINOs are obsessed with pushing the latest Witch Hunt against me.

All American Patriots know that I always do everything “by the book” and that this Hoax will fail miserably just like the Russia, Russia, Russia Scam, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and all other attempts, perpetrated by the same people, to weaponize Law Enforcement against the 45th President, me. We have to rescue our great Country.

Make America Great Again!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 6, 2022


FBI: “Not only did the FBI steal my Passports in the FBI Raid and Break-In of my home, Mar-a-Lago, but it has just been learned through court filings that they also improperly took my complete and highly confidential medical file and history, with all the bells and whistles (at least they’ll see that I’m very healthy, an absolutely perfect physical specimen!), plus personal Tax Records (Illegal to take), and lawyer/client/privileged information, a definite NO, NO. Days of the Soviet Union!​“

-Donald Trump via Mark Moore, “Trump compares FBI to USSR after tax, medical docs taken in Mar-a-Lago raid,” nypost.com, September 7, 2022


DOJ/FBI: “Monday’s decision by a US federal judge to stop the investigation of Donald Trump’s seizure of classified documents until a ‘special master’ reviews them has thrown the political and legal worlds into uproar – pitting those who believe the ex-president has special legal privileges against those who think he should be treated like any other citizen.

The procedural victory for Trump means the Department of Justice will have to press pause on its effort to determine whether the former president may have illegally run off with classified documents from the White House and kept them at his home in Mar-a-Lago.

Judge Aileen Cannon, a Trump appointee, agreed to his request that a special master, a kind of independent mediator, review the roughly 11,000 documents that the FBI discovered and seized when it searched Mar-a-Lago last month…

The justice department can appeal Cannon’s ruling, but the court of appeals that would probably hear the appeal is heavily dominated by Trump-appointed judges. Cannon herself was appointed to the federal bench by Trump in 2020.”

-J Oliver Conroy, “Why did a judge grant Trump’s request for a ‘special master’?,” theguardian.com, September 7, 2022


FBI/HILLARY CLINTON: “Former secretary of state Hillary Clinton said Tuesday [September 6, 2022] that the ‘right is trying to make this about me again,’ as Republicans increasingly make comparisons between how she was not charged in a 2016 FBI investigation into her use of a private email server and the ongoing probe into former president Donald Trump’s handling of sensitive government documents.

‘I can’t believe we’re still talking about this, but my emails…’ Clinton tweeted. ‘The fact is that I had zero emails that were classified.’”

-Bryan Pietsch, “As FBI probes Trump, Clinton says GOP ‘trying to make this about me again,’” washingtonpost.com, September 7, 2022


NEW YORK/STEVE BANNON/TRUMP PEOPLE/WALL: “Former United States President Donald Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been indicted in a new criminal case in New York, and is expected to turn himself in on Thursday [September 8, 2022]…

The Washington Post, citing people familiar with the situation, reported the indictment was expected to ‘mirror aspects’ of earlier federal charges lodged against Bannon, which alleged he had duped thousands of people into donating funds they were told would be used to build Trump’s promised wall along the border between the US and Mexico.

In his final hours in office in January 2021, Trump pardoned Bannon of the federal charges.”

-Al Jazeera, “Steve Bannon expected to turn himself in after new indictment,” aljazeera.com, September 7, 2022


DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s team may not have returned all the classified records removed from the White House at the end of his presidency even after an FBI search of his home, U.S. prosecutors warned on Thursday, calling it a potential national security risk that needs investigation.

That revelation came in a Justice Department court filing asking U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon to let it continue reviewing about 100 classified records seized by the FBI at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate while it investigates whether classified documents were illegally removed from the White House and improperly stored there.”

-Sarah N. Lynch, “U.S. reveals more classified records may be missing in Trump probe,” reuters.com, September 8, 2022


HILLARY CLINTON/LAWSUIT: “A U.S. judge has thrown out former President Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton, saying the former president ‘is seeking to flaunt a two-hundred-page political manifesto outlining his grievances against those that have opposed him… And this Court is not the appropriate forum,’ Judge Donald Middlebrooks of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida wrote…

‘We vehemently disagree with the opinion issued by the court today,’ Trump attorney Alina Habba said in a statement.”

-Erin Doherty, “Judge throws out Trump’s lawsuit against Hillary Clinton,” axios.com, September 9, 2022



DOJ/INVESTIGATION/PAC: “Sitting on top of more than $115 million across several political committees, Donald Trump has positioned himself as a uniquely indomitable force in the GOP who would almost certainly have the resources to swamp his rivals if he launched another presidential campaign.

But that massive pile of money is also emerging as a potential vulnerability. His chief fundraising vehicle, Save America PAC, is under new legal scrutiny after the Justice Department issued a round of grand jury subpoenas that sought information about the political action committee’s fundraising practices…

The investigation is one of several criminal probes Trump currently faces, including scrutiny of how documents with classified markings wound up at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Florida.”

-Jill Colvin, Brian Slodysko, and Eric Tucker, “Trump’s PAC faces scrutiny amid intensifying legal probes,” apnews.com, September 12, 2022


TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “The National Archives has informed congressional aides that it is still unsure whether former President Donald J. Trump has surrendered all the presidential records he removed from the White House, even after months of negotiations, a subpoena and a search of his Florida property, according to the House Oversight Committee…

[Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York] said the archives staff had informed the committee staff during a call in late August of its uncertainty about the status of the material, which Mr. Trump was required by law to return.”

-Luke Broadwater, “Archives Is Unsure Whether Trump Surrendered All Records, Panel Says,” nytimes.com, September 13, 2022


FBI/INVESTIGATION: “U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Tuesday unsealed additional portions of the heavily redacted affidavit used to justify the raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home…

One newly unsealed portion of the affidavit revealed that Trump, in addition to the original 15 boxes of records provided to the National Archives and Records Administration, produced additional documents bearing classification markings in response to a grand jury subpoena…

Reinhart signed the FBI’s warrant for the raid on Mar-a-Lago on Aug. 5, giving the FBI authority to conduct its search — a document the judge unsealed along with the property receipt from the raid. FBI agents took approximately 20 boxes of items from the premises, including one set of documents marked as ‘Various classified/TS/SCI documents,’ which refers to top secret/sensitive compartmented information.

Records covered by that government classification level could potentially include human intelligence and information that, if disclosed, could jeopardize relations between the U.S. and other nations, as well as the lives of intelligence operatives abroad. However, the classification also encompasses national security information related to the daily operations of the president of the United States.”

-Brooke Singman, David Spunt, and Jake Gibson, “Judge unseals additional portions of heavily-redacted Trump Mar-a-Lago affidavit,” foxnews.com, September 13, 2022


DOJ/FBI/INVESTIGATION: “The Justice Department on Tuesday blasted efforts by former President Donald Trump’s lawyers to delay its investigation of classified documents seized at his Florida resort, while a magistrate judge unsealed some previously redacted information relating to the FBI’s search of Trump’s club…

The [DOJ] filing noted that the documents had ‘markings signifying that their unauthorized disclosure ‘reasonably could be expected to result in damage to the national security,’ including “exceptionally grave damage,”’ and it said any delay causes ‘irreparable harm’ to the government and the public…

Trump’s attorneys have suggested in court filings that the documents were declassified and that they are his personal records and belong to him — contentions the Justice Department ridiculed in its new filing.”

-Dareh Gregorian and Tom Winter, “’Irreparable harm’: Justice Department warns against further delay in Trump documents probe,” nbcnews.com, September 13, 2022


DOJ/INVESTIGATIONS: “A federal judge on Thursday [September 15, 2022] rejected the Justice Department’s request to resume a key part of its inquiry into former President Donald J. Trump’s handling of sensitive government records and appointed an outside arbiter to review thousands of documents seized last month from his Florida residence…

In her 10-page decision, Judge Cannon appointed a special master suggested by the Trump legal team and agreed upon by the government: Raymond J. Dearie, a semiretired judge from the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of New York.”

-Charlie Savage, Alan Feuer and Glenn Thrush, “Judge Keeps Block on Inquiry Into Mar-a-Lago Files and Names Special Master,” nytimes.com, September 15, 2022


PUERTO RICO: “New details have emerged about former President Donald Trump’s alleged desire to have the United States acquire the island of Greenland while in office. According to a forthcoming book, the former president at one point even suggested to aides that the U.S. could trade Puerto Rico for it…

According to the book, former national security adviser John Bolton even had his aide Fiona Hill ‘assemble a small team to brainstorm ideas. They engaged in secret talks with Denmark’s ambassador and produced an options memo.’

While Bolton thought that “an outright purchase was not feasible,” Trump ‘kept pushing,’ the authors write.”

-Virginia Chamlee, “Donald Trump Reportedly Wanted to Trade Puerto Rico for Greenland,” people.com, September 15, 2022


DEMS/MITCH MCCONNELL: “Mitch McConnell is giving the Democrats everything they want. He is their lapdog! He didn’t stop trillions of dollars in spending by refusing to use the Debt Ceiling as a negotiating tool. He gave it up for nothing. Now he wants to give Manchin the thing he wanted in order to destroy America, and even the People of West Virginia. How about his tax on coal? The Republican Senate must do something about this absolute Loser, Mitch McConnell, who folds every time against the Democrats—and he’s only getting worse!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 15, 2022


QANON: “After winking at QAnon for years, Donald Trump is overtly embracing the baseless conspiracy theory, even as the number of frightening real-world events linked to it grows.

On Tuesday [September 13, 2022], using his Truth Social platform, the Republican former president reposted an image of himself wearing a Q lapel pin overlaid with the words ‘The Storm is Coming.’ In QAnon lore, the ‘storm’ refers to Trump’s final victory, when supposedly he will regain power and his opponents will be tried, and potentially executed, on live television…

He’s published dozens of recent Q-related posts, in contrast to 2020, when he claimed that while he didn’t know much about QAnon, he couldn’t disprove its conspiracy theory…

Earlier this month, Trump chose a QAnon song to close out a rally in Pennsylvania. The same song appears in one of his recent campaign videos and is titled ‘WWG1WGA,’ an acronym used as a rallying cry for Q adherents that stands for ‘Where we go one, we go all.'”

-David Klepper and Ali Swenson, “Trump openly embraces, amplifies QAnon conspiracy theories,” apnews.com, September 16, 2022


QANON/RALLY/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald J. Trump appeared to more fully embrace QAnon on Saturday [September 17, 2022], playing a song at a political rally in Ohio that prompted attendees to respond with a salute in reference to the cultlike conspiracy theory’s theme song…

Aides to Mr. Trump said the song played at the rally was called ‘Mirrors,’ and it was selected for use in a video that Mr. Trump played at the conservative meeting CPAC and posted on his social media site, Truth Social. But it sounds strikingly like the QAnon theme song.”

-Alan Feuer and Maggie Haberman, “Trump Rally Plays Music Resembling QAnon Song, and Crowds React,” nytimes.com, September 18, 2022



TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “The Radical Left controlled NARA (the National Archives and Records Administration), now becoming more famous than ever, placed a ‘Harmful Content Warning’ on The Constitution of the United States, labeling our Country’s governing document as ‘harmful,’ among other things. This Warning includes the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. Remember, this is the group wrongfully complaining about me—and instigating the Raid on Mar-a-Lago.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022


2020 ELECTION/GEORGIA: “Atlanta, Georgia, is number ‘1’ in the Country in murders and heinous crimes, especially on a per capita basis—even worse than now-fabled Chicago, yet the District Attorney there is spending almost all of her waking hours, which aren’t many, on attempting to prosecute a very popular president, Donald J. Trump, who got more votes in 2020 than any sitting president in the history of the United States. She is basing her potential claims on trying to find a tiny word or phrase (that isn’t there) during an absolutely PERFECT phone call, concerning widespread Election Fraud in Georgia, with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and many lawyers and other officials who were knowingly on the line, had no problems with the call, and didn’t voice any objections or complaints about anything that I said on the call which could be construed as inappropriate. A strictly political Witch Hunt!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022


FBI/RUSSIA INVESTIGATION: “Did you see that the FBI Agent who was in charge of the Russia, Russia, Russia Hoax is being ‘investigated’ for being paid by Russia while working in, of all places, the FBI. In other words, the people that were investigating me for Russia involvement (Mueller Report proved No Collusion!) were actually the ones involved with Russia. This could only happen to me!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 19, 2022


INVESTIGATIONS: “The senior federal judge tasked with reviewing the materials seized by the FBI from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate sharply questioned the former president’s attorneys Tuesday during their first hearing in his courtroom.

Judge Raymond Dearie repeatedly challenged Trump’s lawyers for refusing to back up the former president’s claim that he declassified the highly sensitive national security-related records discovered in his residence…

Dearie bristled at the effort by Trump’s lawyers to resist his request for proof that Trump actually attempted to declassify any of the 100 documents that the Justice Department recovered from his estate.”

-Josh Gerstein and Kyle Cheney, “Special master to Trump’s lawyers: ‘You can’t have your cake and eat it,’” politico.com, September 20, 2022


FOREIGN DIGNITARIES/JOE BIDEN: “Former President Donald Trump is claiming he would have gotten a better seat than President Joe Biden at Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral.

Monday’s state funeral was one of the biggest gatherings of world leaders in years, to bring closure to Britain’s longest-reigning monarch, who died Sept. 8 at age 96…

‘If I were president, they wouldn’t have sat me back there.’ Trump wrote. ‘In Real Estate, like Politics and in Life, LOCATION IS EVERYTHING!!!'”

-Natalie Neysa Alund, “‘They wouldn’t have sat me back there’: Trump mocks Biden on seat at queen’s funeral,” usatoday.com, September 20, 2022


DOJ/INVESTIGATION: “In a stark repudiation of Donald Trump’s legal arguments, a federal appeals court on Wednesday [September 21, 2022] permitted the Justice Department to resume its use of classified records seized from the former president’s Florida estate as part of its ongoing criminal investigation.

The ruling from a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit amounts to an overwhelming victory for the Justice Department, clearing the way for investigators to continue scrutinizing the documents as they consider whether to bring criminal charges over the storage of top-secret records at Mar-a-Lago after Trump left the White House.”

-The Associated Press, “An appeals court rules the DOJ can regain access to documents seized from Mar-a-Lago,” npr.org, September 21, 2022


NEW YORK/TRUMP BUSINESS/TRUMP FAMILY: “New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing former president Donald Trump, three of his grown children and executives at his company of flagrantly manipulating property valuations to deceive lenders, insurance brokers and tax authorities into giving them better rates on bank loans and insurance policies and to reduce their tax liability.

The 222-page civil complaint asks the New York Supreme Court to bar Trump, as well as Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Eric Trump, from serving as executives at any company in New York, and to bar the Trump Organization from acquiring any commercial real estate or receiving loans from any New York-registered financial institution for five years.

It seeks to recover more than $250 million in what James’s office says are ill-gotten gains received through the alleged deceptive practices.”

-Shayna Jacobs and Jonathan O’Connell, “Donald Trump, 3 of his children accused of business fraud by New York AG,” washingtonpost.com, September 21, 2022


INVESTIGATIONS/NEW YORK: “Another Witch Hunt by a racist Attorney General, Letitia James, who failed in her run for Governor, getting almost zero support from the public, and now is doing poorly against Law & Order A.G. candidate, highly respected Michael Henry. I never thought this case would be brought — until I saw her really bad poll numbers. She is a fraud who campaigned on a ‘get Trump’ platform, despite the fact that the city is one of the crime and murder disasters of the world under her watch. She is a failed A.G. whose lack of talent in the fight against crime is causing record numbers of people and companies to flee New York. Bye, bye!”

-Donald Trump via Ryan King, “‘Another Witch Hunt by a racist’: Trump family bashes Letitia James after suit,” gazette.com, September 21, 2022


FBI/INVESTIGATION: “In his first TV appearance since a court-authorized search of his Florida home last month, Donald Trump reasserted Wednesday [September 22, 2022] that any documents taken from the White House to Mar-a-Lago were declassified while he was in office, adding that a president can carry that out ‘even by thinking about it.’ …

Prosecutors have said that about 100 of the documents taken from Mar-a-Lago were marked classified, including some labeled top secret.

‘If you’re the president of the United States, you can declassify just by saying it’s declassified,’ the former president added…

Trump’s comments were made ahead of a Wednesday appeals court decision that the FBI can use the seized documents in its criminal investigation.”

-Julian Mark, “Trump says presidents can declassify docs ‘even by thinking about it,’” washingtonpost.com, September 22, 2022


2024 ELECTION/FEC/PAC: “Top allies of former President Donald Trump are creating a new super PAC that’s expected to serve as the main vehicle for his midterm spending and could become a key part of his campaign infrastructure should he move forward with a 2024 White House run.

The political action committee, called MAGA Inc., will supersede Trump’s existing super PAC, Politico first reported. Paperwork for the new committee was filed Friday morning [September 23, 2022] with the Federal Election Commission.”

-Jill Colvin, “Donald Trump allies create a new super PAC called MAGA Inc.,” pbs.org, September 23, 2022


RELIGION/SOCIAL MEDIA: “Former President Donald Trump shared a post on his Truth Social account on Friday, declaring him as ‘second’ only to Jesus… The post by [the] Truth Social user… said: ‘Jesus is the Greatest. President @realDonaldTrump is the second greatest.”‘

-Joshua Zitser, “Donald Trump shares Truth Social photo proclaiming him as second only to Jesus,” businessinsider.com, September 25, 2022


LAWSUIT: “A federal appeals court set aside a judge’s ruling that Donald Trump could be sued for defamation by E. Jean Carroll after denying he raped her, though it stopped short of declaring the former U.S. president immune from the author’s lawsuit.

In a 2-1 decision on Tuesday [September 27, 2022], the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan asked an appeals court in Washington to weigh in on whether the laws of that district shielded Trump from liability.”

-Jonathan Stempel, “Donald Trump wins ruling in rape accuser Carroll’s defamation lawsuit,” reuters.com, September 27, 2022


2020 ELECTION/SUPREME COURT: “Virginia ‘Ginni’ Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, stood by her concerns about the 2020 election during an appearance before the Jan. 6 committee Thursday, according to her lawyer.

Thomas reportedly fielded questions from the panel behind closed doors for about 3 1/2 hours. Investigators were keen on questioning her about her communications with Trump allies who attempted to overturn the 2020 election…

During the aftermath of the 2020 election, Thomas also had multiple communications with those tied to Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election. For example, she texted White House chief of staff Mark Meadows shortly after the election, imploring him to prod Trump not to concede and later to ‘release the Kraken,’ in reference to lawyer Sidney Powell.”

-Ryan King, “Ginni Thomas stood by 2020 election fraud claims during Jan. 6 deposition: Lawyer,” washingtonexaminer.com, September 29, 2022


DONALD ON DONALD: “I know many people who wanted to write a really good book about me, but their publishers wouldn’t let them. They were not interested in any way, shape, or form unless they were willing to say bad things. Some took a pass, and some sold out to the Enemy.”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 29, 2022


FBI/INVESTIGATIONS: “Judge Aileen M. Cannon told Donald Trump’s lawyers Thursday [September 29, 2022] that they did not need to comply with an order from special master Raymond J. Dearie and state in a court filing whether they believe FBI agents lied about documents seized from the former president’s Florida residence…

Dearie last week told the former president’s legal team that it couldn’t suggest in court filings that the government’s description of the seized documents — including whether they were classified — was inaccurate without providing any evidence…

But according to Cannon, who has the authority to overrule Dearie’s orders, such a decision is not required right now…

Trump’s legal team has argued that answering questions about the inventory list and whether the documents are classified could put them at a disadvantage in the face of a possible future criminal prosecution, or a future legal fight over getting the seized documents returned to Trump.”

-Perry Stein, “Judge rules Trump lawyers don’t have to clarify Mar-a-Lago document claims,” washingtonpost.com, September 29, 2022


DOJ/FBI/IMPEACHMENT/RUSSIA: “The Document Hoax Lawsuit, which is the ‘Weaponization’ of the Justice Department and the FBI, is yet another Scam against me, much like Russia, Russia, Russia, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, the Mueller Report (No Collusion!), Spying on my Campaign (and getting caught!), Lying to the FISA Court, Lying to Congress, Illegally Breaking into my home in Florida in violation of the Fourth Amendment, also violating the Presidential Records Act, and so much more. This is all being done in order to hurt a political opponent, me, who is leading in all of the polls by over 50 points against Republicans, and from 5 to 10 points against the two primary Democrats, Biden and North Korea Sympathizer Kamala Harris. They have been doing this to me for six years ever since my wonderful journey down the ‘Golden Escalator.’ The Radical Left Democrats are out-of-control, and our Country is going to Hell!”

-Donald Trump, “Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America,” donaldjtrump.com, September 29, 2022


POLLS: “Given ‘what we know about the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump,’ a narrow majority of registered voters (51%) now believe he should not ‘be allowed to serve as president again in the future,’ according to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll.

Just 35% of voters say Trump should be allowed to serve again. The rest (14%) are unsure.”

-Andrew Romano, “Poll: Most U.S. voters now say Trump should not be allowed to serve as president again,” news.yahoo.com, September 30, 2022


LAWSUIT/NEW YORK: “New York Attorney General Letitia James wants to accelerate her $250 million fraud lawsuit against former President Donald Trump, his children, his company, and two of its executives.

James, in a letter to the state’s chief administrative judge, signaled her intention to push for a trial before 2024…

James has accused Trump of ‘staggering’ fraud and alleges that the former president, with the help of his three eldest children and two corporate executives, ‘grossly inflated’ his net worth by billions of dollars.”

-Aaron Katersky, “New York AG seeking to expedite fraud suit against Trump and company,” abcnews.go.com, September 30, 2022


RALLY: “‘No matter what the left-wing tyrants throw at us, no matter what they do to us, we have no choice, we have to keep on going,’ Trump told his rally at Macomb Community College, which aired live on Newsmax. ‘We have to keep on fighting because we are on a mission to restore the republic to greatness.

‘We’re on a mission to bring it back, and it’s really down and it’s down very big — bad, very bad — very precarious what’s going on.'”

-Eric Mack, “Trump: ‘We Are on a Mission to Restore the Republic to Greatness,'” newsmax.com, October 1, 2022


RALLY: “Teasing another presidential campaign, former President Donald Trump promised his Save America rally crowd in Warren, Michigan, on Saturday night he will ‘continue fighting.’

‘I am their No. 1 target, but I am proud to be fighting for you, and I’m going to be fighting for you a long time,’ Trump told his enthusiastic crowd at the Macomb Community College…

‘The choice in this election is simple: If you want the decline and fall of America, then vote for the radical-left Democrats, that’s what’s happening,’ he continued. ‘We have a nation, as they say, in decline. If you want to stop the destruction of our country and save the American dream, you must vote Republican.’

Trump said two more years of ‘Democrat rule’ will ‘obliterate our country.'”

-Eric Mack, “Trump: ‘I Am Their No. 1 Target,’ but I ‘Will Continue Fighting,'” newsmax.com, October 1, 2022


SUPREME COURT/TRUMP PEOPLE: “Mike Lindell, a prominent ally of former President Donald Trump, must face a $1.3 billion lawsuit by Dominion Voting Systems Inc accusing him of defamation for pushing false claims that its voting machines rigged the 2020 presidential election, with the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday [October 3, 2022] turning away his appeal.

The justices rejected a bid by Lindell and his company My Pillow Inc to immediately appeal a federal judge’s refusal to toss the lawsuit. A lower court also snubbed his effort to quickly review the case, allowing the litigation to proceed.”

-Andrew Chung, “U.S. Supreme Court rejects Trump ally Lindell’s defamation case appeal,” reuters.com, October 3, 2022


NORTH KOREA/OBAMA/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “The National Archives and Records Administration on Monday publicly released a small fraction of communications related to government documents removed by former President Donald Trump and his reported destruction of some White House records.

The communications related to NARA’s efforts to recover those documents, which included letters to Trump from former President Barack Obama and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un. They also expressed the agency’s concern about Trump’s reported penchant for ripping up some documents he read in the White House.”

-Dan Mangan, “Torn-up Trump papers, missing Obama and Kim Jong Un letters detailed in new release on White House documents,” cnbc.com, October 3, 2022


2020 ELECTION/FBI: “Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes began planning to resist the result of the 2020 U.S. presidential election days after the vote, telling followers that Donald Trump ‘will need us and our rifles,’ an FBI witness testified on Tuesday.

Rhodes and four co-defendants – Thomas Caldwell, Kenneth Harrelson, Kelly Meggs and Jessica Watkins – are on trial in federal court in Washington, accused of conspiring to prevent Congress from certifying the election victory of President Joe Biden in a failed bid to keep Trump, a Republican, in power.”

-Chris Gallagher, “Oath Keepers leader said Trump ‘will need us and our rifles,'” reuters.com, October 4, 2022


LAWSUIT: “Former president Donald Trump sued CNN on Monday [October 3, 2022], alleging defamation and seeking $475 million in punitive damages, a move that escalates his conflict with U.S. news organizations that have critically reported on his career.

The 29-page lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, alleges that CNN took part in a ‘campaign of dissuasion in the form of libel and slander’ that ‘escalated in recent months’ because the network feared Trump would again run for president. The lawsuit took issue with CNN’s use of the words ‘racist’ and ‘insurrectionist,’ as well as associations made between the former president and Adolf Hitler.”

-Kelly Kasulis Cho, “Trump sues CNN for defamation, seeks $475 million in damages,” washingtonpost.com, October 4, 2022


STEVE BANNON/TRUMP PEOPLE/WALL: “Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon will stand trial in November 2023, a judge in New York said Tuesday [October 4, 2022].

Bannon is charged with defrauding donors to the ‘We Build the Wall’ campaign, which was an independent effort intended to raise money for former President Donald Trump’s signature policy project.”

-Aaron Katersky, “Trump adviser Steve Bannon’s trial won’t take place until November 2023,” abcnews.go.com, October 4, 2022


FBI/TRUMP POST-PRESIDENCY: “A lawyer for Donald Trump refused to report to the National Archives that the former president had turned over all Oval Office documents as required out of concern that the claim was a lie.

Earlier this year, Trump returned 15 boxes of federal government records from his Mar-a-Lago resort home to the National Archives, and he directed one of his lawyers, Alex Cannon, to inform the agency that the boxes contained all the documents taken from his time in office…

Trump later directed a statement in February to aides saying that all his documents from his time in office had been returned to the National Archives and Records Administration. But federal agents later learned Trump still had government documents at Mar-a-Lago, including some records marked with the highest level of classification.”

-Coral Murphy Marcos, “Trump lawyer refused to report all Mar-a-Lago records had been turned in,” theguardian.com, October 4, 2022