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Republicans quickly sent out fundraising appeals promising to fight for Donald Trump after the FBI searched his Mar-a-Lago resort armed with a search warrant signed by a federal judge.
As Rolling Stones' William Vaillancourt reports, after an outpouring of outrage on social media over the Department of Justice giving the go-ahead for agents to enter the luxury resort, the pleas for money quickly followed.
Donald Trump led the pack with an email blast that claimed, "It's time for EVERY PATRIOT to step up and stand against the Left's reckless WITCH HUNTS and political persecution of Preside mt Trump," adding, "Please rush in a donation IMMEDIATELY to publically stand with President Trump against the NEVERENDING WITCH HUNT!" with a helpfully highlighting off donating $100 to the cause.
"Trump isn’t the only Republican fundraising off of the raid. J.D. Vance, Trump’s pick for Senate in Ohio, sent out a plea Monday night. 'This is NOT a DRILL,' a message read next to a link to a donation page. 'Joe Biden is ATTACKING President Trump for STANDING UP for US, It’s time we show we have President Trump’s back! Act here,'" Vaillancourt wrote.
RNC head Ronna Romney McDaniels also appeared on Fox & Friends on Tuesday morning and suggested conservatives direct donations to struggling Georgia U.S. Senate nominee Herschel Walker by telling viewers, "We have to win back the House. You saw Kevin McCarthy’s very strong statement yesterday. We have to take the reins of power back. The only way we can stop them is by winning back the House and the Senate.”
Fulton County Superior Court Judge Robert McBurney ruled to temporarily delay Rudy Giuliani's testimony to a special grand jury.
In a court hearing on Tuesday, McBurney heard arguments that Giuliani's doctor had ordered him not to fly. Giuliani has been asked to speak to a special grand jury investigating whether former President Donald Trump interfered in Georgia's 2020 presidential election.
"If it turns out that Mr. Giuliani is willfully disregarding the now formal invitation to be here, that's problematic," McBurney told Giuliani's attorney. "If that's not the situation then we need to establish when he'll be here and there's lots of ways to make that happen."
In the end, the judge said that he expected Giuliani to be in Georgia by Aug. 17, noting that it was only a "13-hour drive" from New York.
"I'm sure he can find a way, short of Greyhound, that can get him to Atlanta," McBurney remarked.
Prosecutors previously offered to arrange bus or train travel for Giuliani.
Hours after Donald Trump said that the FBI had "raided" his Mar-a-Lago home on Monday, his middle son told Fox News host Sean Hannity that the former president had been working with federal authorities for months.
"The purpose for the raid from what they said was because the National Archives wanted to, you know, corroborate whether or not Donald Trump had any documents in his possession," Eric Trump told Hannity. "And my father has worked so collaboratively with them for months. In fact, the lawyer that’s been working on this was totally shocked."
On Tuesday, CNN pundits explained the significance of his remarks.
"The last part from Eric Trump, he said his father has worked with them collaboratively for months," said CNN host John King. "This dispute goes back to a couple months after Trump left office, back to May of 2021. A little more than a month ago, you had agents at Mar-a-Lago, they were trying to get documents back. What got to the point after months and months of trying to negotiate this, that the FBI decided we are at an impasse, we need a search warrant?"
Crime and Justice reporter Katelyn Polanz explained that these were all documents in the president's possession after he left office and while he was living at Mar-a-Lago.
"What's interesting is we have talked before about 15 boxes at Mar-a-Lago," she began. "Those boxes as far as we know, those were recovered previously by the National Archives and then subpoenaed by the Justice Department as part of this same criminal probe, if it is the one that Eric Trump is referring to there. So, those documents now, they already had in their possession, and at some point, they realized in that June meeting that there was more there. It appears they were shown by the Trump lawyers on site, there are things here. And the Justice Department came back and said, 'Keep those secure.' We just don't know what happened after that. If they came back and said again, you know, we want to come in. Or if this was a total surprise to everyone and they were just really taken off guard."
King speculated that if the FBI had a back-and-forth between Trump and his legal team, it would mean Trump was refusing to hand over the information and the FBI was forced to run it up the chain of command and have the top people agree that a warrant was necessary.
Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, explained that to be able to prove there was probable cause the agents would have to show evidence that a crime was being committed.
"They must have some close witness who can show the judge in an affidavit that the documents are still there, that there's evidence of misconduct up to and including the former president of the United States," he explained. "You don't take this kind of action lightly."
CNN reporter Kaitlin Collins questioned what wasn't handed over to the National Archives when they went to Mar-a-Lago with a truck and took documents away.
"The president's attorneys showed investigators several months ago at Mar-a-Lago where the documents were being stored," said Collins. "It was in the basement of Mar-a-Lago. They took them down there. I'm told the investigators looked around the room and left. They did not take the boxes with them, we believe. The big question on that is once they left and sent this letter asking them to further secure the documents, which is when I'm told aides to Trump put a padlock on the door. What happened there? That's where this big black hole is. In those two months that transpired since then and what Preet and others are saying is obviously you don't take a step like this lightly with a former president. That's why it's raising questions."
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