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Daily Archives: August 29, 2022

The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction

CRS Legal Sidebar: The Mar-a-Lago Search Warrant: A Legal Introduction, Updated August 29, 2022 – “The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently executed a search warrant at former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property in Palm Beach, Florida. A magistrate judge of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida later unsealed the warrant at the Department of Justice’s request, which the former President did not oppose. The warrant authorized government officials to seize all “documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, orother items illegally possessed in violation” of three federal statutes—18 U.S.C. §§ 793, 2071, and 1519. In addition to the warrant itself and its attachments, the court unsealed other material related to the search, including the cover sheet to the warrant application, an inventory of property seized, and a redacted version of the affidavit supporting the warrant. Former President Trump filed a separate action asking the court, among other things, to appoint a special master to oversee the government’s handling of the seized material. This Sidebar describes the process for and implications of obtaining a search warrant. It then examines the criminal offenses identified in the Mar-a-Lago warrant. Finally, this Sidebar analyzes presidential authority to declassify documents and the role of declassification for the crimes at issue…”

DOJ to Judge – Trump’s Mar-a-Lago documents already examined by FBI

Washington Post: “FBI agents have already finished their examination of possibly privileged documents seized in an Aug. 8 search of Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home, according to a Justice Department court filing Monday that could undercut the former president’s efforts to have a special master appointed to review the files. The “filter team” used by the… Continue Reading

The Archive Of A Vanishing World

Noema – Archives de la Planète: “PARIS — Line 10 of the Paris Métro terminates almost five miles west of the center of the city at Boulogne-Pont de Saint-Cloud. The station is a polished hub in one of the wealthiest regions of Paris, not to mention all of France. Boulogne-Billancourt is the birthplace of France’s… Continue Reading

7 Best YouTube Curators to Find Videos, Movies, and Documentaries Worth Watching

Make Use Of: “When was the last time you opened the YouTube homepage and thought, “Why yes, that is a video I would like to watch right now, thank you, YouTube!” Finding quality videos on YouTube has become a recurring joke these days, and let’s not even get started on the irrelevant recommendations that YouTube… Continue Reading

Before the Presidential Records Act of 1978, presidents owned their papers

Washington Post: Now all presidents, including Donald Trump, must turn them over to the National Archives. “Until the 1970s, former presidents could do pretty much whatever they wanted with their presidential papers. That often was a problem. Some papers “were purposely destroyed, while others fell victim to chance destruction,” concluded a 1978 congressional study. “Others… Continue Reading

Zombie ice from Greenland will raise sea level 10 inches

AP: “Greenland’s rapidly melting ice sheet will eventually raise global sea level by at least 10.6 inches (27 centimeters) — more than twice as much as previously forecast — according to a study published Monday. That’s because of something that could be called zombie ice. That’s doomed ice that, while still attached to thicker areas… Continue Reading

American Chestnut Tree Discovery in Delaware Wows Conservationists

Delaware Online: “After the species was devastated by an Asian blight in the early 20th century, a single American chestnut tree in Centreville has been deemed a “precious resource” by the Delaware Nature Society. Jim White, a senior fellow at the Delaware Nature Society, said the tree discovered at Coverdale Farm Preserve is the largest… Continue Reading