The vise is tightening around Donald Trump as 2024 decision looms

그만큼 FBI’s search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday makes one thing crystal clear: The legal vice is tightening around the former President even as he weighs whether to run for president again in 2024.

My beautiful home, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, 플로리다, is currently under siege, raided, FBI 요원의 큰 그룹에 의해 점유,” Trump posted on Truth Social, his preferred social network, 월요일 저녁에. He added thatthey even broke into my safe.Agents appear to be focused on the area of the sprawling estate where Trump’s living quarters and offices are located.
It was not immediately clear what the FBI was after — 또는 무엇을, 구체적으로 특별히, the agents were looking for. Boxes of items were taken during the search, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN.
    We do know that federal investigators issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration in May for access to classified documents that were taken to Trump’s home in Florida — 부분의 a grand jury investigation into whether Trump or anyone else close to him mishandled classified documents that he took with him after leaving the White House last January.
      올해 초, 15 상자 of White House records that Trump had brought to Mar-a-Lago were retrieved and returned to the National Archives. Among the items in the returned boxes included letters from North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former President Barack Obama.

        The FBI search also comes on the same day that The New York TimesMaggie Haberman revealed photos of torn-up notes appearing to bear Trump’s distinctive penmanship in toiletsone of which was in the White House.
        That’s consistent with this CNN reporting from mid-February:
          Three former White House officials told CNN they saw Trump, on numerous occasions, manually destroy papers he was no longer interested in or had finished reviewinga practice that made it difficult for White House staff secretaries to preserve presidential records. Those officials said the former President sorted through file boxes in a rather methodical waytearing up newspaper clippings or drafts of tweets that he had rejected and tossing them to the floor, or stacking papers he wished to hang on to in a disorderly stack atop his desk.
          Disposing of notes, emails and other forms of presidential communication is against federal law as laid out in the Presidential Records Act. (Under the Act, all correspondence of a president is owned, 궁극적으로, by the public.)
          The FBI’s execution of a search warrant also comes just days after the news broke that lawyers for Trump are in touch with the Justice Department in regards to its ongoing investigation into the January 6, 2021, 미국 국회 의사당에서 폭동. As CNN first reported:
          The talks revolve around whether Trump would be able to shield conversations he had while he was president from federal investigators.
          “최근 몇 주 동안, investigators have moved aggressively into Trump’s orbit, subpoenaing top former White House officials, focusing on efforts to overturn the 2020 election and executing searches of lawyers who sought to aid those efforts.
          지우다, CNN은 또한보고했습니다, has quizzed his legal team of late as to whether he might be indicted, although he himself is skeptical it will come to that. (가치가 없다: Trump is not a lawyer.)
          The series of developmentsculminating with the high-profile search of Trump’s home on Mondayreinforce a fundamental fact of Trump’s situation: He is far more likely to see a 2024 run for president curtailed by legal problems than political ones.
          Politically, Trump remains the 800-pound gorilla in the Republican field. 주말 동안, 그 convincingly won a straw poll at a conservative gathering in Texas. 과, he has all but announced his intention to run again, with the major question at this point being when he will announce his candidacynot whether he will do so.
            Trump’s mounting legal woesor at least the clear sense that this variety of investigations is getting closer and closer to himcomplicate all of that. Trump under legal fire is one thing for Republicans to accept. Trump under indictment is something else entirely.
            우리는, 물론이야, not there yet. 그러나, Monday’s FBI activity suggests that Trump’s legal problems are likely to get worse before they get better. And they may get way, way worse.

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