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FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House

According to Homepage news channel, it was learnt that the FBI searched Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence, people familiar with the matter said, a dramatic and unprecedented escalation of law enforcement scrutiny of the former president.

Trump, disclosing the search in a lengthy statement, asserted that agents had opened a safe at his home and described their work as an unannounced raid that he likened to prosecutorial misconduct.

He planned to meet later on Tuesday (Aug 9) at his Bedminster, New Jersey, club with members of the Republican Study Committee, a group headed by Representative Jim Banks of Indiana that says it is committed to putting forth his priorities in Congress.

Monday’s search intensified the months-long probe into how classified documents ended up in boxes of White House records located at Mar-a-Lago earlier this year.

A separate grand jury is investigating efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election, and it all adds to potential legal peril for Trump as he lays the groundwork for another run.

Familiar battle lines, forged during a a four-year presidency shadowed by investigations, quickly took shape again Monday night.

Trump and his allies sought to cast the search as a weaponisation of the criminal justice system and a Democratic-driven effort to keep him from winning another term in 2024 though the Biden White House said it had no prior knowledge of it, and the current FBI director, Christopher Wray, was appointed by Trump five years ago.

These are dark times for our Nation, as my beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a large group of FBI agents, Trump wrote. Nothing like this has ever happened to a President of the United States before.

After working and cooperating with the relevant Government agencies, this unannounced raid on my home was not necessary or appropriate, Trump said.

Justice Department spokesperson Dena Iverson declined to comment on the search, including whether Attorney General Merrick Garland had personally authorised it.

The FBI reached out to the Secret Service shortly before serving a warrant, a third person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

Secret Service agents contacted the Justice Department and were able to validate the warrant before facilitating access to the estate, the person said.

The Justice Department has been investigating the potential mishandling of classified information since the National Archives and Records Administration said it had received from Mar-a-Lago 15 boxes of White House records, including documents containing classified information, earlier this year. The National Archives said Trump should have turned over that material upon leaving office, and it asked the Justice Department to investigate.

There are multiple federal laws governing the handling of classified records and sensitive government documents, including statutes that make it a crime to remove such material and retain it at an unauthorised location.

Though a search warrant does not necessarily mean criminal charges are near or even expected, federal officials looking to obtain one must first demonstrate to a judge that they have probable cause that a crime occurred.

Two people familiar with the matter, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, said the search on Monday was related to the records probe. Agents were also looking to see if Trump had additional presidential records or any classified documents at the estate.

Trump has previously maintained that presidential records were turned over “in an ordinary and routine process.

His son Eric said on Fox News on Monday night that he had spent the day with his father and that the search happened because “the National Archives wanted to corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession.

Asked how the documents ended up at Mar-a-Lago, Eric Trump said the boxes were among items that got moved out of the White House during “six hours” on Inauguration Day, as the Bidens prepared to move into the building.

My father always kept press clippings, Eric Trump said. He had boxes, when he moved out of the White House.

Trump emerged from Trump Tower in New York City shortly before 8pm and waved to bystanders before being driven away in an SUV.

In his first public remarks since news of the search surfaced, Trump made no mention of it during a tele-town hall on behalf of Leora Levy, the Connecticut Republican he has endorsed in Tuesday’s US Senate primary.

But in a social media post Monday night, he called it a “weaponisation of the Justice System, and an attack by Radical Left Democrats who desperately don’t want me to run for President in 2024.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, a Republican who is considered a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said on Twitter that it was an escalation in the weaponisation of US government agencies. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, said in a tweet that if Republicans win control of the US House, they will investigate the Justice Department.

Trump took a different stance during the 2016 presidential campaign, frequently pointing to an FBI investigation into his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, over whether she mishandled classified information via a private email server she used as secretary of state.

Then-FBI Director James Comey concluded that Clinton had sent and received classified information, but the FBI did not recommend criminal charges.

Trump lambasted that decision and then stepped up his criticism of the FBI as agents began investigating whether his campaign had colluded with Russia to tip the 2016 election.

He fired Comey during that probe, and though he appointed Wray months later, he repeatedly criticised him, too, as president.

Thomas Schwartz, a Vanderbilt University history professor who studies and writes about the presidency, said there is no precedent for a former president facing an FBI raid even going back to Watergate.

President Richard Nixon wasn’t allowed to take tapes or other materials from the White House when he resigned in 1974, Schwartz noted, and many of his papers remained in Washington for years before being transferred to his presidential library in California.

The probe is hardly the only legal headache confronting Trump. A separate investigation related to efforts by him and his allies to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election which led to the Jan 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol has also been intensifying in Washington.

Several former White House officials have received grand jury subpoenas.

And a district attorney in Fulton County, Georgia, is investigating whether Trump and his close associates sought to interfere in that state’s election, which was won by Democrat Joe Biden.

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Keir Starmer mocks Boris Johnson after resignation.

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The Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Resigns following Mr. President order.

Niger Delta Affairs Minister Senator Godswill Akpabio has resigned in line with President Muhammadu Buhari’s directive.

The President during Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting ordered all cabinet members eyeing elective offices to quit before May 16.

In a chat with The Nation, Personal Assistant to the Minister on Media, Jackson Udom, confirmed his resignation.

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You’ll loose woefully come 2023 PDP to APC.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Benue State chapter, has said the campaign of calumny is being orchestrated against the party and its Tiv consensus governorship candidate, Rt. Hon.Titus Tyoapine Uba, by the All Progressives Congress (APC), shows that the opposition is afraid of defeat in 2023.

The PDP in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Bemgba Iortyom, on Wednesday, said heavier defeat awaits Benue APC in 2023 than they suffered in 2019, stressing that the APC stooping to fabrication of fairytale and lies only reflects fear and outright panic going into the coming polls.

The umbrella party urged APC to come to terms with the hard fact that the Benue electorate, in making choices in 2023, will not be fooled by smokescreens of lies and insults on opponents, but would be led to those choices by a combination of antecedents of candidates and track-record of political platforms sponsoring them.

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I feel the pains Igbo in Nigeria more than anyone else Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale.

Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale, the Oluwo of Iwo, has told the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, that no monarch in the country feels the pains of Igbos more than he does.

The monarch, in a statement signed by Alli Ibraheem, his Chief Press Secretary, noted that the Igbo group is a respected body representing a sophisticated, intelligent, hardworking, cosmopolitan, industrious and enlightened race, saying He (Oluwo of Iwo) has Igbo in his blood.

Recall that some media outlets had reported that the Oluwo of Iwo had allegedly said at a function that the Igbo cannot be entrusted with the office of the Nigerian presidency.

The report did not go down well with the apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, who in a statement stated that it would refrain from hoisting the monarch with his petard

Reacting, the palace of the monarch stated that, It is evident from their statement that the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has false knowledge of Oluwo.

It is disappointing that my beloved Ohanaeze Ndigbo could jump on the media in response to a misleading headline cast to sell the story.

Oluwo remains one of the leading monarchs canvassing for a united Nigeria, equity and justice most especially for the Igbo tribe because I have suffered marginalization, the statement further reads.

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PDP presidential aspirant Peter Obi said he’s the only one that can fix Nigeria.

A Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2023 general election and former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, yesterday, said that having known the problem of Nigeria, he is the only presidential candidate that can fix the country.

Obi stated this in Abakaliki when he met with PDP delegates and other officials of the party, adding that the country is not in need of a consensus candidate but a problem solver that can fix Nigeria, noting that he has the capacity to do that.

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Speaker Sokoto house of Assembly defect to PDP.

Outrage as the Speaker of the Sokoto State House of Assembly Aminu Muhammad Achida, on Thursday dumped the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to news reports, Achida tendered his resignation letter during sitting today.

Following his decision, the legislator described Governor Aminu Tambuwal as a true democrat, praising the the former House of Representatives Speaker’s part in his switch.

It is less than a year to the 2023 general elections: Governor Tambuwal will quit office for a successor.

Expectedly, Sokoto, the seat of the Caliphate, has started witnessing the wind of political contest.

Posters and billboards of aspirants have taken spaces across the state with the PDP dominating the show.

The opposition, APC, which is no doubt equally popular in the state is determined to reclaim the mandate it lost in 2019.

However, the party is currently struggling to get out of a web of crisis rocking its structures in the state.

In line with the party’s desire to return to power in the state, some of its aspirants are already being promoted on social media.

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Karl Nehammer Australian Chancellor to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday.

The Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday (Apr 11), an Austrian government spokesperson said, in what would be the first face-to-face meeting between Putin and a European Union leader since Russia’s Feb 24 invasion of Ukraine.

I’m going to meet Vladimir Putin in Moscow tomorrow, Nehammer wrote on Twitter.

We are militarily neutral, but (have) a clear position on the Russian war of aggression against #Ukraine,” he wrote, referring to Austria’s position. “It must stop! It needs humanitarian corridors, ceasefire & full investigation of war crimes.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov confirmed to RIA news agency that Putin would be holding talks with Nehammer on Monday.

The planned meeting with the Russian leader follows a trip by Nehammer to Ukraine on Saturday, during which the Austrian chancellor met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy.

Putin has been largely shunned by Western leaders since the start of the conflict, though he met Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the Kremlin in early March.

Neutral Austria has been providing humanitarian aid to Ukraine as well as helmets and body armour for civilians rather than weapons. Nehammer, a conservative, has been visibly moved by telephone conversations with Zelenskiy and says he wants to show support.

Nehammer said on Twitter he had briefed other European partners regarding his visit to Moscow, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and of course also Ukrainian president Zelenskyy.

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Russia will cut off gas supply to Western Countries that refused to pay in Roubles.