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Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Fulton County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Atlanta. John Bazemore/AP Photo

Trump Team Concerned with the 'Validity' of FBI Affidavit

Donald Trump's legal team is gearing up for a hearing Thursday regarding the release of the affidavit leading to the FBI search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Alina Habba, one of Trump's lawyers, said the team's main concern is the "validity of the warrant."

"I'm sure the DOJ [Department of Justice] will argue there are witness protection issues and concerns, [so they] need to keep portions of the affidavit quiet," she told Newsmax Wednesday. "We will, of course, advise that our concern is of the validity of the warrant since it was so broad, and go into why we need to see more of what the basis was since we were cooperating."

She said the Trump team has a Florida counsel who is handling the hearing "on the ground." Habba said she hopes U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart will rule quickly on the motion to unseal the affidavit.

Habba also dismissed reports that Trump and his allies are inciting violence against law enforcement officials.

"The FBI were the ones that were part of the Russia hoax," she said. "We have proven that. This is the problem again with fake news with people getting conflicting information. They're now using words like inciting violence. And the fact that we're disagreeing with what the FBI is doing is that we might be inciting violence."

Habba said she hopes there will not be similar raids on Trump's other properties in New York City or New Jersey.

"I hope this is the end of it," she said. "I don't think our country could withstand another issue like this."

She also said that any indictments against Trump will be biased, saying he is "not going to get a fair trail" in places like New York or Washington D.C.

"There are states that are definitely biased," she said. "That's kind of the shake of what happens when you become a president. He, unfortunately, does get a really unfair shake as we've seen."

But Habba adds that she has "not heard of an indictment coming down the pipe."

Giuliani Leaves Courthouse After Questioning

Rudy Giuliani left a Fulton County courthouse Wednesday afternoon following hours of questioning by a special grand jury.

The former attorney for former President Donald Trump was inside the courthouse for about six hours, according to local reporters. Wednesday's grand jury proceedings were not open to the public.

Upon his arrival earlier Wednesday, Giuliani told reporters he did not intend to comment on the investigation before meeting with the grand jury. Giuliani learned earlier this week that he is a target of the investigation into efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential results in Georgia.

Neither Giuliani nor his attorney spoke with reporters while leaving the courthouse hours later, according to Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter Tamar Hallerman.

An anchor with the Atlanta-based television news station WSB-TV shared a photo on Twitter showing several reporters gathered outside the courthouse in anticipation of Giuliani's exit.

Joe Henke, a reporter with the Atlanta-based station WXIA-TV, shared a video that he said showed a vehicle carrying Giuliani as it left the courthouse through a "secure exit" away from gathering members of the media.

Trump Shares Article on Potential 2024 Run

Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday posted a stream of articles on his Truth Social account that explored topics ranging from his potential run for president in 2024 to rapper DaBaby's words of support for Trump on a recent podcast episode.

Among the articles he posted was one published by Fox News Digital on July 22. In the article, Texas Senator Ted Cruz described Trump as an "incredibly important leader" and suggested the field of potential GOP presidential candidates would clear out "significantly" if Trump was to announce his own bid for office.

Though Trump has not formally announced a 2024 presidential campaign, he has hinted repeatedly that he is considering another run for the Oval Office.

Other articles Trump shared speculated on the repercussions of the FBI's August 8 search at Mar-a-Lago. One story by The American Spectator referred to the FBI in its headline as the "Fascist Bureau of Investigation."

Another article Trump shared was published by The Hill months ago about Utah Senator Mitt Romney's plans to attend a March fundraiser in support of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney. Trump linked to the article less than 24 hours after Cheney, one of his Republican adversaries, lost her state's GOP primary election to a candidate endorsed by Trump.

"That didn't work out too well, did it?" Trump wrote of Romney's support for Cheney.

Trump Spokesman Reveals Trump's Lead Counsel

A spokesman for former President Donald Trump boasted about the legal team defending Trump amid the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home.

"The President's lead counsel in relation to the raid of his home, Jim Trusty and Evan Corcoran, have decades of prosecutorial experience and have litigated some of the most complex cases in American history," spokesman Taylor Budowich told Fox News.

Trusty is the former chief of the Justice Department's organized crime section.

Corcoran reportedly suggested Trump meet with the Justice Department to go through materials at his Mar-a-Lago home in June, according to the New York Times. Corcoran, alone with attorney and One America News host Christina Bobb, were reportedly on site when lawyers signed a statement saying the classified materials had been returned to federal agents.

According to the Washington Post, Trump is searching for members of his legal team. Florida-based lawyer Lindsey Halligan, who specializes in insurance claims at residential and commercial properties, and New Jersey-based Alina Habba have reportedly joined the Trump team. Some names include Trump adviser Susie Wiles and former campaign adviser Boris Epshteyn. Former White House aide Kash Patel has a more informal advisory role.

Budowich said Trump is represented by "some of the strongest attorneys in the country" and any suggestion otherwise is "only driven by envy."

"President Trump is more popular than ever and this Biden witch hunt has been quickly exposed as an unprecedented and unnecessary abuse of power by President Trump's political opponents who are getting crushed everywhere," he said.

FBI Arrests Man for Making Threats to AZ Election Official

A Missouri man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly leaving a threatening voicemail on the personal cell phone of an Arizona election official.

Walter Lee Hoornstra is charged with one count of communicating an interstate threat and one count of making a threatening telephone call to an election officials in the Maricopa County Recorder's Office in Maricopa County, Arizona.

According to the Justice Department, Hoosrnstra left the following threatening voicemail on May 19, 2021:

"So I see you're for fair and competent elections, that's what it says here on your homepage for your recorder position you're trying to fly here. But you call things unhinged and insane lies when there's a forensic audit going on. You need to check yourself. You need to do your [expletive] job right because other people from other states are watching your a**. You [expletive] renege on this deal or give them any more troubles, your a** will never make it to your next little board meeting."

The FBI's Criminal Investigative Division said attempts to interfere in elections by intimidating election officials and staff with violent threats "will not be tolerated."

"The FBI is committed to vigorously investigating and holding accountable anyone who threatens election workers," Assistant Director Luis Quesada of the FBI's Criminal Investigative Division said in a statement. "These public servants protect our fundamental right to vote by administering fair and free elections."

Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Polite said these unlawful threats undermine democracy.

"These unlawful threats of violence endanger election officials, undermine our electoral process, and threaten our democracy," Polite said in a statement. "The department's Election Threats Task Force, working with our partners across the country, remains committed to investigating and prosecuting such illegal threats to ensure that these public servants are able to do their jobs free from intimidation."

Hoornstra could serve up to seven years in prison if convicted; five for making a threatening interstate communication and two for making a threatening telephone call.

FBI Phoenix is investigating this case, according to the DOJ.

Maricopa County Recorder Stephen Richer thanked the FBI for their action on this threat, but said he has "plenty more to keep them busy."

He said that the phone call in this case was prompted by the now-suspended "Audit War Room" Twitter account unfounded claims of voter fraud in Maricopa County during the forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election.

Richer said the account claimed election officials deleted electronic files related to the election results.

"Those turned out to be not deleted," he said in a tweet. "But, hey, what's the harm in having amateur conspiracy theorists ask a few questions, right?"

He said threats like these will continue up the chain of command to the highest officials in the country.

"I worry this will have a real chilling effect if Supreme Court Justices, magistrate judges, DOJ attorneys, election officials, FBI agents, and others face death threats for simply doing their jobs," he said in a tweet.

Richer said these threats continue to be "normalized, or at least swept under the rug," by many government leaders.

"Anyone who says 'oh, but it was just a few of them' or 'oh, but they're normally good people' is contributing to this chilling effect and mob mentality," he said.

Kinzinger Says Some 'Equate' Trump With Jesus

Some American conservatives are blurring the line between former President Donald Trump and Jesus Christ, according to Rep. Adam Kinzinger.

The Illinois Republican spoke of American tribalism during a Tuesday appearance on the MSNBC show Alex Wagner Tonight, first by acknowledging how some religious members of his family said he acted against his Christian beliefs when he called for Trump's removal from office last year after the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building.

Kinzinger identified himself as a Christian but said "many pastors" in the U.S. "are failing their congregations" by "refusing" to discuss how "corrosive" he says Trumpism is.

"You have people today that literally—I think in their heart, they may not say it—but they equate Donald Trump with the person of Jesus Christ," Kinzinger said.

For those individuals, Kinzinger said distancing themselves from or opposing Trump is like "coming out against Jesus, against their Christian values."

"And when you go after their religion, that violates the depth of who they are," he said.

Ex-FBI Official Doubts Thursday Affidavit Release

Chris Swecker, a former assistant director of the FBI, cast doubt on the possibility that the affidavit linked to the FBI's recent search at Mar-a-Lago will be unsealed on Thursday.

Unsealing an affidavit "wouldn't be unusual," Swecker said during an appearance this week on Mornings with Maria, a show hosted by Fox News' Maria Bartiromo. Affidavits "get unsealed all the time when a judge decides there's no real purpose to keeping it sealed," Swecker said.

"But I doubt very seriously you're going to see this unsealed tomorrow," he added.

Swecker said he believes there are "multiple confidential sources" from Trump's camp who provided information that could be included in the affidavit. Federal officials won't want those confidential sources to be "compromised," he said.

"I don't think anybody wants to unseal this thing inside the government," Swecker said.

Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart is expected to preside over a hearing Thursday afternoon in which he will decide whether the affidavit that permitted the FBI to search Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence on August 8 can be unsealed. While Trump has called for the affidavit to be released, the Justice Department has urged for the document to remain under wraps as its investigation continues.

Almost Half of Republicans Who Impeached Trump Lose Primaries

This primary season was a test for the future direction of the Republican party and the power of former President Donald Trump.

Trump's revenge tour against the 10 Republican U.S. Representatives who voted to impeach him took center stage in many key elections.

Of those 10 lawmakers, four announced they are retiring after this term.

Those include Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, John Katko of Washington, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois and Fred Upton of Michigan.

Only two of the incumbent lawmakers, Dan Newhouse of Washington and David Valadao of California, won their primaries.

Both defeated Trump-endorsed challengers and will move on the the general election against their Democratic opponents in the fall.

Four of those 10, including Liz Cheney of Wyoming, lost their primaries.

Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington, Peter Meijer of Michigan and Tom Rice of South Carolina were all defeated.

All four lost to Trump-backed challengers.

Cheney lost to attorney Harriet Hageman, Meijer lost to election denier John Gibbs, Herrera Beutler lost to Army veteran Joe Kent and Rice lost to state legislator Russell Fry.

Bolton Says Trump 'Wanted' to Take 'Cool Things'

John Bolton said former President Donald Trump "liked cool things" when asked what Trump's motive may have been for allegedly bringing classified documents to his Mar-a-Lago home from the White House.

Bolton, the former national security advisor under Trump, described being part of the Trump White House as "living inside a pinball machine" during a Tuesday appearance on MSNBC.

Bolton said he doesn't think Trump "cared about the classification system" of documents or "appreciated" the sensitive nature of some information.

"It's very hard to speculate on motive, other than that he liked cool things and saw things, so he wanted to take them," Bolton said, adding that Trump was "pretty much able to take" the things he wanted. Those items didn't only include classified information but "all kinds of things that crossed his desk," Bolton said.

"Some days he liked to eat a lot of French fries, some days he took classified documents," Bolton said. "He wanted them. Why did he want them? Because he could get them."

Pence Condemns Republican Attacks on FBI

Former Vice President Mike Pence said he was "deeply troubled" to learn about the search warrant that the FBI executed at former President Donald Trump's Florida home, but wants the attacks on law enforcement to end.

During a speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics' "Politics and Eggs" event at St. Anselm College Wednesday, Pence condemned attacks on federal law enforcement from many Republicans in response to the raid.

"I also want to remind my fellow Republicans we can hold the attorney general accountable for the decision that he made without attacking the rank and file law enforcement personnel at the FBI," Pence said.

He said the GOP is "the party of law and order" and said attacks on the FBI "must stop."

"Calls to defund the FBI are just as wrong as calls to defund the police," he said.

Pence said "we need to get to the bottom of what happened" and "let the facts play out." He also called on federal agencies to be transparent about the investigation.

"The American people need to be reassured in the integrity of our justice system, and the very appearance of a recurrence of politics playing a role in decisions at the Justice Department demand transparency as never before," Pence said.

During the event, Pence also said that he is open to cooperating with the January 6 Committee investigation into the Capitol riot.

"If there was an invitation to participate, I would consider it," he said. "Any invitation that would be directed to me, I would have to reflect on the unique role I was serving in as vice president."

He added that it would be "unprecedented" for a vice president to be summoned to testify on Capitol Hill.

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Former Vice President Mike Pence speaks at "Politics & Eggs" at the New Hampshire Institute Politics at St. Anselm College on August 17, 2022 in Manchester, New Hampshire. According to reports, when asked if he would testify before the January 6th committee, he said he would consider it. Scott Eisen/Getty Images

Cheney to Decide About 2024 Run in 'Coming Months'

Rep. Liz Cheney said she is "thinking about" a potential run for president following her defeat in Wyoming's GOP primary election.

When asked if she is considering a White House run during a Wednesday morning appearance on the Today Show, Cheney said it is something she will decide "in the coming months."

"I'm not going to make any announcements here this morning, but it is something that I'm thinking about, and I'll make a decision in the coming months," Cheney said.

Cheney, who has emerged as an adversary to former President Donald Trump since the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, lost her state's Republican primary on Tuesday to her Trump-backed challenger, Harriet Hageman.

In her concession speech on Tuesday, Cheney said the "path was clear" for her to win the primary but that doing so "would have required that I go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election," which she said "was a path I could not and would not take."

She said later in her speech that she has held the position since the Capitol riot that "I will do whatever it takes to make sure Donald Trump is never again anywhere near the Oval Office."

Trump Calls Cheney's Loss a 'Wonderful Result for America'

Former President Donald Trump celebrated Representative Liz Cheney's primary loss in Wyoming Tuesday.

He congratulated his endorsement Harriet Hageman for her "great and very decisive" victory over the incumbent Cheney, the vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the events of the January 6 Capitol riot.

"This is a wonderful result for America, and a complete rebuke of the Unselect Committee of political Hacks and Thugs," Trump said in a Truth Social post Tuesday night. "Liz Cheney should be ashamed of herself, the way she acted, and her spiteful, sanctimonious words and actions towards others."

He said Cheney can "finally disappear into the depths of political oblivion" where she will "be much happier than she is right now."

Trump called Cheney's concession speech "uninspiring" and condemned her for calling out his "lies" about widespread fraud in the 2020 presidential election.

"Cheney's uninspiring concession speech, in front of a 'tiny' crowd in the great state of Wyoming, focused on her belief that the 2020 presidential election was not, despite massive and conclusive evidence to the contrary, rigged & stolen," he said.

Trump said the election was stolen called called Cheney a "fool" who "played right into the hands of those who want to destroy our country."

The former president also questioned the future of the January 6 Committee after Cheney's defeat.

"I assume that with the very big Liz Cheney loss, far bigger than had ever been anticipated, the January 6th Committee of political Hacks and Thugs will quickly begin the beautiful process of DISSOLUTION?" Trump said.

He added that this election was a "referendum on the never ending witch hunt."

"The people have spoken!" he said.

Rudy Giuliani Arrives in Georgia to Testify in Election Probe

Donald Trump's former personal attorney has arrived at a Fulton County courthouse to testify before a special grand jury investigating attempts by Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

Giuliani, and he lawyer Robert Costello, arrived at the courthouse in Atlanta, Georgia Wednesday morning.

This comes after Giuliani's attorneys were notified by prosecutors that their client is the target of this investigation.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis opened her investigation after the news of that Trump asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" the exact number of votes needs for him to win the state after the election. In her court petition, Willis also noted Giuliani shared debunked evidence of alleged election fraud during legislative hearings.

Outside the courtroom, Giuliani told reporters that he would not comment on the investigation or preview his testimony.

"Grand juries, as I recall, are secret," he said. "They ask the questions and we'll see."

Costello told reporters earlier this week that Giuliani would not answer questions that would violate his attorney-client privilege with Trump.

The proceedings of the grand jury are secret and all questioning will take place behind closed doors.

Giuliani's attorneys argued that his appearance before the grand jury should be pushed back because his poor health prevented him from flying. But Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney said during a hearing last week that Giuliani needed to be in Atlanta Wednesday, whether by car, bus or train.

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Rudy Giuliani arrives at the Fulton County Courthouse on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022, in Atlanta. Giuliani is scheduled to testify before a special grand jury that is investigating attempts by former President Donald Trump and others to overturn his 2020 election defeat in Georgia. John Bazemore/AP Photo

Cheney Blasts Trump's 'Insidious' Lies in Concession Speech

Republican Representative Liz Cheney delivered a concession speech Tuesday night after she lost her primary in Wyoming.

Cheney, one of former President Donald Trump's harshest critics, lost to Trump-back opponent Harriet Hageman.

"This primary election is over but now the real work begins," Cheney said.

After thanking her team and her family, Cheney's speech focused on her commitment to democracy, the integrity of elections and other "foundational" principles in the Constitution.

"Every one of us must be committed to the eternal defense of this miraculous experiment called America and at the heart of our democratic process—our elections," she said. "They are the foundational principle of our Constitution."

Cheney also made several attacks on Trump, saying she lost yesterday because she chose to stand up to the former president.

"A few years ago, I won this primary with 73 percent of the vote," she said. "I could easily have done the same again. The path was clear, but it would have required that I go along with President Trump's lie about the 2020 election. It would have required that I enable his ongoing efforts to unravel our democratic system and attack the foundations of our republic. That was a path I could not and would not take."

She also seemingly compared herself to Abraham Lincoln, saying the former president lost both Senate and House elections "before he won the most important election of all."

"Lincoln ultimately prevailed, he saved our Union and he defined our obligation as Americans for all of history," she said.

Cheney, the vice chair of the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6, warned that members of the Republican party are still pushing the "dangerous conspiracies" that led to the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

"I assumed that the violence and the chaos of that day would have prompted a united response, a recognition that this was a line that must never be crossed can never happen again," she said. "But instead, major elements of my party still vehemently defend those who caused it. At the heart of the attack on January 6 is a willingness to embrace dangerous conspiracies that attack the very core premise of our nation."

She said there are Republican candidates for governor, secretary of state and Congress who support Trump and still deny the outcome of the 2020 election and may refuse to certify future elections "if they oppose the results."

"If we do not condemn the conspiracies and the lies, if we do not hold those responsible to account, we will be excusing this conduct, and it will become a feature of all elections," she said. "America will never be the same."

Cheney said the nation is once again "barreling towards crisis, lawlessness and violence."

"No American should support election deniers for any position of genuine responsibility, where their refusal to follow the rule of law will corrupt our future," she said.

She also criticized Trump's "insidious" lies about the nature of the FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home and blames him for the "fresh threats of violence" against federal law enforcement and judges.

"Donald Trump knows that voicing these conspiracies will provoke violence and threats of violence," she said. "This happened on January 6, and it's now happening again."

At the end of her speech, Cheney called on all Americans to defend freedom and "learn from the actions of those who came before."

Trump Vows to 'Enforce All' Classified Information Laws in Resurfaced Clip

A 2016 speech featuring the future President Donald Trump vowing to "enforce all laws on classified information" has resurfaced following conservative outrage over the recent Mar-a-Lago raid.

A short clip of the speech was viewed at least 1.2 million times after being shared to Twitter by CNN reporter Andrew Kaczynski on Monday. During the speech, which was given during a campaign stop in Indiana, then-candidate Trump advocated for a strict policy on classified information while promising to "restore honor in government."

"In my administration, I'm going to enforce all laws concerning the protection of classified information," Trump said to cheers from his supporters. "No one will be above the law."

The clip was also aired during MSNBC's Morning Joe on Tuesday, when co-host Willie Geist noted that it was the six-year anniversary of the speech.

"By the way, today's the six-year anniversary of the speech in Indiana," said Geist. "Happy Anniversary to the president as the FBI goes through his documents this morning."

The FBI recovered multiple boxes of classified documents during the raid, including some marked "top secret." Trump has claimed that he declassified the documents in question shortly before leaving office in January 2021.

However, the documents were taken as part of an investigation into potential violations of multiple federal laws that do not exclusively concern classified materials, such as the Espionage Act.

In addition, The Washington Post has reported that some of the documents contain nuclear secrets, which presidents do not have the power to unilaterally declassify.

Don Jr. Says FBI 'Destroyed Their Credibility' After Mar-a-Lago Raid

Donald Trump Jr. says that the FBI's "credibility" has been "destroyed" following the raid of his father's Mar-a-Lago residence last week.

The former president's son said the raid was conducted with the aim of creating an "intimidation factor" during an interview with Glenn Beck on Tuesday. Trump Jr. made the remarks in response to Beck questioning whether the FBI had asked the former president to voluntarily turn over the documents before they were seized.

"They've been working with him for months," Trump Jr. said. "They said he's been nothing but cooperative. All they had to do was ask, he literally said that, and they'd turn over whatever they were looking for. But they didn't want to do that."

"They wanted to do it under the guise... they wanted to create the intimidation factor," he continued. "I don't know of an institution in America that's destroyed their credibility more than the FBI."

Trump Predicts Raid-Inspired GOP Midterm Victories

Former President Donald Trump is predicting that Republicans will "win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate" due to conservative backlash over the raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Trump suggested in a Truth Social post on Monday that the November elections would end in a red wave inspired by outrage over what he said was an "unannounced Break In" at his home last week. The former president cited polls that indicate Republican turnout could be boosted by anger from his supporters.

"Republicans could win many additional seats, both in the House & Senate, because of the strong backlash over the raid at Mat-a-Lago," Trump wrote. "Polls are showing that some lost Republican territory over the last number of weeks has been more than made up with the unannounced Break In by the FBI, which should never have happened!"

During the raid, federal agents seized multiple boxes of classified documents from the former president's current Florida home, including some marked "top secret." Some of the documents may contain nuclear secrets, according to The Washington Post.

The items were seized after a judge signed a search warrant related to an investigation into possible violations of multiple federal laws, including the Espionage Act. However, Trump and many of his allies have argued that the raid was politically motived.

Ingraham Says Some Ready to 'Turn the Page' on Trump

Fox News Host Laura Ingraham said some conservative Americans may be ready to "turn the page" on former President Donald Trump and shift their support to a candidate with similar policy positions.

Ingraham discussed her views on what the future for American politics may hold while speaking with Fox News contributor Lisa Boothe. Their conversation was released Monday on an episode of Boothe's The Truth with Lisa Boothe podcast.

Some Americans are "exhausted by the battle" involved with hearing about controversies involving the former president and his policies, Ingraham said.

"They may believe that, well, maybe it's time to turn the page if we can get someone who has all Trump's policies, who's not Trump," she said.

Trump has not formally announced a bid for office, but he has invited his supporters to attend several rallies across the country in the last year and has repeatedly hinted that he might run for president again in 2024.

Trump has led in most polls of hypothetical GOP presidential candidates for the 2024 election, but one recent poll found him nearly tied with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, another high-profile Republican who could emerge as a competitive candidate in 2024.

Trump Predicts Media Reaction If Cheney Loses

Former President Donald Trump speculated on what the reaction of the "fake news media" would be if Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming loses her state's GOP primary election on Tuesday.

Cheney, who was one of 10 House Republicans to vote in favor of Trump's impeachment last year, is facing a Trump-backed challenger for her seat. Recent polls indicate Cheney is several points behind Harriet Hageman, who Trump endorsed nearly one year ago.

In addition to her impeachment vote, Cheney has spoken out against Trump repeatedly since the attack on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021. She is serving as the vice chair for a House select committee investigating the events leading up to that day's riot. Trump often refers to that committee as the "Unselect Committee," a name he referenced in his Tuesday afternoon Truth Social post about Cheney.

"If Liz Cheney loses tonight, the Fake News Media will do everything within their power to play it down and pretend that it was not a referendum on the Unselects - That it was no big deal," Trump's post said.

"Actually," he continued, "it would be a very big deal, one of the biggest!"

Cheney went to a polling location in Jackson, Wyoming, on Tuesday to cast her ballot. She was accompanied by her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, who appeared in one of her campaign ads earlier this month to say there "has never been an individual who is a greater threat to our Republic than Donald Trump."

Cheney posted a photo of herself at the polling location on Twitter, writing that she was "proud" to vote.

"The challenges we are facing require serious leaders who will abide by their oath and uphold the Constitution- no matter what," her tweet said.

Trump Says DOJ, FBI Returned His Passports

Former President Donald Trump said Tuesday that federal agents returned his passports following the FBI's search of his Mar-a-Lago home last week.

He confirmed the return of his three passports, which he previously said agents "stole," in a Tuesday afternoon post on Truth Social.

"The DOJ and FBI just returned my passports," Trump's post said. "Thank you!"

His post went on to compare the federal agents who searched his home to "common" criminals.

"Unfortunately, when they Raided my home, Mar-a-Lago, 8 days ago, they just opened their arms and grabbed everything in sight, much as a common criminal would do," Trump wrote. "This shouldn't happen in America!"

Republicans Want Raid Documents by End of Month

Several Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee signed letters sent on Monday that requested all documents related to the FBI's August 8 search of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home be preserved.

The letters called for the search-related documents to be provided to the House Judiciary Committee by the evening of August 29.

Letters were sent to Attorney General Merrick Garland, FBI Director Christopher Wray, and Ronald Klain, the chief of staff in President Joe Biden's administration.

The letters describe the FBI's search as a "shocking escalation of the Biden Administration's weaponization of law-enforcement resources against its political opponents" and said Americans "deserve transparency and accountability" from federal law enforcement leadership.

The letter then calls for the preservation of several kinds of documents, including those related to the search, the decision to seek the search warrant, relevant confidential sources and any communications exchanged between the executive branch and the National Archives and Records Administration regarding presidential records from the Trump White House.

Each individual was asked to preserve the documents and send them to the committee "no later" than August 29 at 5 p.m.

Hannity Says Felony Not a WH 'Disqualification'

A felon should not be disqualified from running for president, according to Fox News host Sean Hannity.

Speaking Monday on his talk radio program The Sean Hannity Show, Hannity explored arguments that political commentators have made in the last week about how a hypothetical criminal conviction for former President Donald Trump could affect his ability to run for office in the future.

Hannity cast doubt on those arguments, saying the U.S. Constitution is "pretty clear" on the qualifications a person needs to have in order to run for president. His comments on the subject were shared on Twitter by the left-leaning political watchdog nonprofit Media Matters for America.

Hannity referenced the federal penal code that says an individual would be blocked from running for office and said that penal code does not change the qualification requirements listed in the Constitution.

"And the Constitution's qualifications are simple, you got to be over 35 and a natural born citizen," Hannity said. "Being a felon is not a disqualification."

A crime that is "far more serious" than the federal investigations into Trump "doesn't stop somebody from seeking the presidency," he added.

Rep. Jordan Questions DOJ's Investigation Timeline

Republican lawmakers are still concerned with the handling of the federal investigation into former President Donald Trump.

Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio questioned the Justice Department's timeline into seizing materials from Trump's home that apparently concern immediate national security threats.

"If it was such a 'national security threat,' why wait 565 days to recover the documents?" he said in a tweet.

Senator John Cornyn of Texas said that the public still does not have the all the facts to decide "who is right and who is wrong" on the merits of the Justice Department's search warrant for Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

"What we do know is this is the first time in American history that such draconian measures have been employed against a former President."

Cornyn said he still has many questions surrounding the means through which federal investigators handled the raid.

He wonders why U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland sought to unseal the search warrant, but not the affidavit that establishes probable cause for the search. In addition, he questions why Garland waited over a year after Trump left office to seize the allegedly classified documents that concern national security and why Garland didn't use "less bombastic, alternative means" to seize the documents.

Cornyn also said that Americans have many reasons to question the independence of Garland and the DOJ.

He notes Garland's refusal to enforce federal law pertaining to protecting Supreme Court justices, his role in the "plot to treat parents as domestic terrorists for having the temerity to question what their children were being taught" and his "frivolous, politically motivated lawsuits."

"So, especially in light of previous, recent abuses of power and disparate treatment of similar cases by the FBI leadership and DOJ, is there any mystery why public trust has eroded to this point? Sadly, no," Cornyn said in a tweet.

FBI Interviewed Former WH Officials About Mar-a-Lago Documents

The FBI spoke to two top Trump administration officials about Donald Trump's handling of sensitive documents at his Mar-a-Lago home.

Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone and his deputy Patrick Philbin were interviewed by the FBI about how certain classified materials were brought to Trump's Palm Beach resort, according to a new report from the New York Times.

Philbin was interviewed in the spring; it's unclear when Cipollone was interviewed.

Cipollone and Philbin were designated as Trump's representatives to deal with the National Archives shortly before the former president's term in office ended in Jan. 2021.

When the National Archives realized that they did not have Trump White House documents, that must be preserved under the Presidential Records Act, they contacted Philbin, according to the New York Times report.

Sources close to the matter told the New York Times that Philbin tried to help the National Archives retrieve the missing material, but Trump resisted requests from his advisers to cooperate.

There are eight current and former Trump employees who have be contacted by the FBI since the grand jury was formed this year to investigate the missing documents. This includes former White House staff secretary Derek Lyons.

The FBI has reached out to several people who currently work for Trump who may have knowledge about which documents are still in the former president's possession, the outlet reported.

Trump Says FBI 'Demanded' Cameras Be Turned Off

Former President Donald Trump said the FBI "demanded" that security cameras at Mar-a-Lago be turned off at the time agents executed a search warrant at his residence on the property last week.

"In the Raid of Mar-a-Lago, the FBI demanded that all security cameras be turned off," Trump said in a Tuesday afternoon post on Truth Social. "What is that all about? We said no!"

Trump's son, Eric Trump, said last week that the FBI agents who executed the search warrant on August 8 asked Mar-a-Lago staff to "turn off all security cameras" as they were conducting their search. The staff members refused to keep the cameras off, Eric Trump said.

The former president's son alleged the security footage captured agents exploring places they "shouldn't have been" on the property.

The Trump team has been asked several times over the last week whether they will release the security footage captured during the raid. When Fox News host Sean Hannity asked this question on Monday, Eric Trump said they "absolutely" will share the footage "at the right time."

Kinzinger Clarifies That DOJ Released FBI Warrant, Not Trump

Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois is combating false information about the FBI raid of former Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Red State columnist and retired Air Force pilot Buzz Patterson claimed on Twitter that Trump released the search warrant FBI agents executed and noted that the Justice Department said it will not release the corresponding affidavit.

Kinzinger, who is also a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force, responded to clarify the "conspiracy," saying that it was the Justice Department, not Trump, who made the warrant public.

"I think your time is better spent taking pictures in your back yard with your old flight suit on," Kinzinger said in a tweet.

Georgia Election Fraud Probe to Target Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani, the former personal attorney for Donald Trump, is the target of a criminal investigation into alleged attempts to interfere in the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

A prosecutor from the Fulton County District Attorney's office called Giuliani's counsel to inform him that Giuliani is the subject of their investigation, according to Giuliani's lawyer Robert Costello.

Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis has filed petitions seeking testimony from several Trump associates and advisers regarding their role in efforts to overturn the 2020 election in Georgia.

Giuliani spread unfounded claims of widespread voter fraud in Fulton County and led efforts to challenge the election results.

Willis said there is evidence showing that Giuliani was "part of a multi-state, coordinated plan by the Trump Campaign to influence the results of the November 2020 election in Georgia and elsewhere," according to the subpoena.

Giuliani said the investigation is a "desecration of the Sixth Amendment" and likened it to a "fascist state."

"It's just a further desecration of the Sixth Amendment," he said during an interview on Newsmax Monday. "I was his lawyer of record in that case. The statements that I made are either attorney-client privilege, because they were between me and him, or they were being made on his behalf in order to defend him."

"When you start turning around lawyers into defendants when they're defending their clients, we're starting to live in a fascist state," he added. "Look, I've already had my law office raided. I never thought I'd ever see that happen."

Giuliani is scheduled to testify before the grand jury in Atlanta Wednesday, at Willis' request. Costello told Reuters that his client would refuse to answer any questions about his conversations with Trump.

This comes as other Trump allies have been subpoenaed to testify in the Georgia probe, including Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.

Graham was also ordered by a judge to testify before a grand jury regarding calls he made to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and his staff following the election. Trump also called Raffensperger, asking him to "find" the votes needed to reverse the state election results in his favor.

Democrats Call Out Inspector General 'Obstruction'

The Democrat-led House Oversight Committee on Tuesday called for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to comply with their requests linked to a series of investigations.

Among the documents the committee said Inspector General Joseph Cuffari has not yet provided are text messages related to the riot at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021, that were exchanged by Secret Service agents.

Cuffari has "refused to produce responsive documents and blocked employees in your office from appearing for transcribed interviews," the committee said. It described Cuffari's actions as "unacceptable" and said his stated reasons for not complying with their requests "appear to reflect a fundamental misunderstanding" of Congress' responsibilities and his own.

The committee said it reached out to Cuffari on July 26 to ask him to remove himself from the investigation into Secret Service text messages and followed up with that request on August 1. Cuffari "declined to step away from the investigation" and blocked the committee from receiving relevant information, committee members said.

Cuffari was given until August 23 to provide the requested documents and allow people within the DHS OIG to sit for interviews.

Trump Lawyer Says 'All of Us Have Been Violated'

Christina Bobb, an attorney representing former President Donald Trump, said "all of us have been violated" following the FBI's recent search of Trump's Mar-a-Lago home last week.

Bobb spoke about the raid, which she was present for, while calling in to the "Todd Starnes Show" on Monday. Bobb received copies of the warrant and a property receipt after the FBI finished executing its search warrant on August 8.

Bobb described the raid as "a personal violation" to Trump" and as a "violation on our nation and everything that we stand for."

"And so, in a sense, all of us have been violated in that regard," Bobb said.

"I think President Trump, along with his team and I think most of America, are saying, this is too much, this is too far and we have to push back," Bobb told Starnes.

She said Trump's team "has been extremely cooperative" through the U.S. Department of Justice's investigation and said she believes officials at the department "owe the nation an explanation for what they did."

When asked about the sensitivity of the documents allegedly housed at Mar-a-Lago that prompted the FBI's search, Bobb said there "was absolutely nothing that was a vital national security or put the nation at risk."

She said "nobody has any idea" what the FBI was looking for "because there's not like a real crime that was committed that anyone can point to and say, oh, well, obviously, you know, that's what they were looking for.

"Nobody knows, because it's completely made up in the imagination of the FBI," Bobb said.

Poll Finds Voters 'More Divided' on AG Garland

A new voter survey by the conservative polling company Rasmussen Reports found likely voters are "more divided" on Attorney General Merrick Garland now than they were last fall.

The poll was conducted among 1,000 likely voters on August 11 and 14, just days after the FBI conducted a search at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

The poll found that 36 percent of respondents reported having a "favorable impression" of Garland, with 22 percent reporting a "very favorable" impression of the attorney general. Those with a "favorable" view of Garland are part of a 6 percent increase over the number of voters who held the same view during a Rasmussen Reports survey conducted in October 2021.

The number of likely voters who view Garland unfavorably has also increased in the last 10 months. According to the latest poll results, 42 percent of respondents said they have unfavorable views of Garland, compared with 39 percent last fall. Thirty-two percent of respondents told pollsters this month that they have a "very unfavorable impression" of Garland.

The rising numbers of Americans who reported favorable or unfavorable views of the attorney general shows that voters are "more divided" on their views of the attorney general this year, Rasmussen Reports said in a Tuesday tweet.

Merrick Garland delivers statement at DOJ
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland delivers a statement at the U.S. Department of Justice August 11, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Eric Trump Will 'Absolutely' Share Footage of Raid

Eric Trump said he will "absolutely" share surveillance footage of the FBI's raid last week on his father's Mar-a-Lago home.

Speaking with Fox News host Sean Hannity on Monday night, Eric Trump was asked if he is "allowed" to share the footage and if he intends to do so.

"Absolutely, Sean—at the right time," Eric Trump said. He added that law enforcement officials wear body cameras because "they want transparency" but said that was not the case during the FBI's search of Mar-a-Lago on August 8.

Last week, Eric Trump said FBI agents asked Mar-a-Lago staff to "turn off all security cameras" on the property as agents conducted their search. He said the staff members refused.

Former President Donald Trump's son then alleged the surveillance footage captured on that day showed the FBI exploring areas of the property where they "shouldn't have been."

"They don't tell you to turn off cameras—they want transparency," Eric Trump said of law enforcement officials while speaking with Hannity on Monday. "And that's not what happened."

Hannity asked Eric Trump to confirm that FBI agents had requested that the cameras be turned off during their search.

"They asked for the cameras to be turned off," Eric Trump said in response.

Rep. Eric Swalwell of California, a Democrat, commented on the security footage discussion Hannity had with Eric Trump in a tweet posted Monday night.

"If Donald Trump is innocent he will share the surveillance tape," Swalwell's tweet said. "If he is guilty he will not."

Man Arrested After Threatening to Kill FBI Personnel

A Pennsylvania man has been arrested for allegedly making violent threats against FBI personnel.

The FBI National Threat Operations Section Social Media Exploitation team received a tip from MEMRI Domestic Terrorism Threat Monitor regarding threats made towards the FBI on Gab, according to court documents.

According to a press release from the Justice Department, Gab user "BlankFocus," later identified as Adam Bies, allegedly posted violent threats towards the FBI and law enforcement, saying: "My only goal is to kill more of them before I drop" and "If You Work For The FBI Then You Deserve To Die."

On Aug. 10, Bies allegedly wrote: "Every single piece of [expletive] who works for the FBI in any capacity, from the director down to the janitor who cleans their [expletive] toilets deserves to die. You've declared war on us and now it's open season on YOU," according to a press release from DOJ.

In another post, he allegedly wrote: "HEY FEDS. We the people cannot WAIT to water the trees of liberty with your blood. I'll be waiting for you to kick down my door."

Bies was arrested Friday and made his initial appearance in a federal court in Pittsburg. He was charged with influencing, impeding or retaliating against federal law enforcement officers, according to the DOJ. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

This comes as the FBI and Justice Department have seen a sharp uptick in violent threats against agents and officials since the FBI raid at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Several Republican lawmakers have condemned the FBI and DOJ and made other attacks on the integrity and independence of the agencies. Some said the FBI and DOJ will come after the American people like they did the former president.

Republican Representative and Trump critic Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said Trump himself is to blame for the increase in threats made against these agencies.

He told CNN that Trump is "100 percent" responsible for inciting his supporters.

"Members of Congress, Senators, any Republican elected official out there that rushes to be the first on television or the first to Twitter to basically condemn the FBI—I'll tell you as a guy who grew up in the right, and grew up as a Republican, there's always been this strain of people who believe that the government is out there to get them, that the FBI represents that part of the government that's out there to get people: This stokes that, it's really dangerous, and I fear it could get worse unless people are way more responsible," he said.

Eric Trump Says Supporters Tried to Buy Him Dinner

Eric Trump said he has been hearing from apologetic Americans who support former President Donald Trump and are frustrated by the FBI's search of his father's Mar-a-Lago home last week.

During a Monday night appearance on Fox News, Eric Trump told host Sean Hannity that a couple of people recently offered to treat him and his wife Lara to dinner as a demonstration of their support.

"Last night, I had an argument between two people in a restaurant who are trying to buy Lara and I dinner to apologize for what the United States government has done to our family," Eric Trump said.

He spoke of the surges in support and fundraising that he said the Trump team has noticed following the FBI's execution of a search warrant on August 8, telling Hannity he "wouldn't believe the energy out there."

Eric Trump said the raid has "caused the greatest fundraising" and pushed the former president's poll numbers "through the roof."

Americans are "not even talking about any other Republican candidates because they have all kind of disappeared, they are not even in the equation," Eric Trump said. Though his father has not yet announced whether he will run for office in 2024, the former president has hinted at another presidential run several times since leaving the White House and is leading in the polls against all other potential Republican candidates.

Eric Trump said he has witnessed several "firestorms" in recent years, but that "I've never seen America more mad than it is right now." Americans "are not buying this sham," and instead "see the weaponization of the FBI," which he said they are calling the "police state" in the U.S.

"They're targeting Donald Trump," Eric Trump said of federal authorities. "They're targeting his family and everybody around him. They're targeting his lawyers. Anybody that's close to Donald Trump."

Trump Org CFO Expected to Plead Guilty in Tax Evasion Case

The Trump Organization CFO is expected to plead guilty in a tax evasion case this week.

Former President Donald Trump's long-time financial chief Allen Weisselberg allegedly took more than $1.7 million in off-the-books compensation from the company for 15 years.

Weisselberg was accused of defrauding the federal government, state and city out of more than $900,000 in unpaid taxes and undeserved tax refunds. He was also charged with grand larceny, which could land him up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The trial was initially scheduled for October, but the judge set the hearing for Thursday at 9 a.m. The specific reason for the change was not detailed.

Sources told the Associated Press that the purpose of the hearing is for Weisselberg to enter a guilty plea.

Weisselberg's lawyer Nicholas Gravante Jr. told the New York Times Monday that his client has been involved in plea negotiations with the Manhattan district attorney's office, but did not reveal the terms of the potential plea deal.

This comes after the judge denied a request from Weisselberg's lawyers and the Trump Organization to throw out the case.

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Former Trump Organization chief financial officer Allen Weisselberg arrives for a hearing on his criminal case at Manhattan Criminal Court on August 12, 2022 in New York City. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

Florida Judge Sets Date for Affidavit Hearing

A Florida judge set a hearing this week for the dispute surrounding the release of the Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit.

Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart said the hearing will take place Thursday after several calls from the media for the court to unseal the affidavit the FBI used to execute a search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Florida home.

Reinhart is the judge who approved the FBI search warrant for Mar-a-Lago last week. Trump himself called on the judge in this case to come to the "rescue" after he pushed for the affidavit to be unsealed.

This comes after the Justice Department filed a motion to block the release of the affidavit, claiming the publication of sensitive materials would compromise its investigation.

The in-person hearing will take place Thursday, August 18 at 1 p.m. in the West Palm Beach Division.

DOJ Says Affidavit Release Would Damage its Investigation

The Justice Department said it will not release the affidavit related to the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home last week to prevent "significant and irreparable damage to this ongoing criminal investigation."

DOJ said it will not publish the affidavit that lays out the reasoning for the search warrant for Trump's estate because the investigation "implicates highly classified material" and contains sensitive information about witnesses.

"If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government's ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps," U.S. Attorney Juan Gonzalez and DOJ national security official Jay Bratt said in a court filing to block motions to release the affidavit.

The document also contains "critically important and detailed investigative facts" and sensitive information about the identities of witnesses that would "would impact their willingness to cooperate with the investigation."

"Disclosure of the government's affidavit at this stage would also likely chill future cooperation by witnesses whose assistance may be sought as this investigation progresses, as well as in other high-profile investigations," DOJ wrote. "The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly."

DOJ said if the document was released, it would require "extensive" redactions to "mitigate harm to the integrity of the investigation." A heavily redacted document would be "devoid of meaningful content," DOJ said, and "would not serve any public interest."

This comes after Trump called on the federal agencies to be transparent.

"In the interest of transparency, I call for the immediate release of the completely Unredacted Affidavit pertaining to this horrible and shocking BREAK-IN," he wrote in a Truth Social post.