Christian Science Monitor: Mar-a-Lago warrant unsealed. What we know and what’s next

Christian Science Monitor

We know that Monday’s FBI search of former President Donald Trump’s winter home Mar-a-Lago was unprecedented. We know that it was approved by Attorney General Merrick Garland, and followed a long discussion between Mr. Trump and the U.S. government about retrieval of material he took from the White House prior to President Joe Biden’s swearing-in.

“All presidents take records when they leave. … It’s routine for any Office of the Former President to negotiate with the National Archives,” Mike Davis, founder and president of the Article III Project and a former Republican staffer on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

“The President of the United States has both the constitutional and statutory power to declassify anything he wants,” Mr. Davis said in his statement. “If President Trump left the White House with classified records they are declassified by his actions.”

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