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Feds raid Trump

First up, the FBI searched Trump's residence for secret presidential records.

The search warrant that FBI agents carried out shows that the inquiry could have significant political repercussions for the former president. Also, the deadly algal bloom in America

Laylow Martinez

Wed 10 Aug 2022 010:12 EDT

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According to two sources familiar with the situation, federal officials searched Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home in Florida on Monday while carrying a warrant that broadly sought presidential and sensitive information that the justice department suspected the former president had illegally maintained.

The individuals' descriptions of the criminal character of the search warrant carried out by FBI agents suggested that the investigation into Trump is unquestionably a criminal case with potentially wide-ranging political and legal repercussions for the former president.

Additionally, the sources claimed that the extraordinary search was conducted after the justice department became concerned following conversations with Trump's lawyers in recent weeks that presidential and classified materials were being kept at the Mar-a-Lago resort in an illegal and improper manner.

Republican and right-wing organizations, meanwhile, have quickly taken advantage of the FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago to solicit funds from their fans by inundating them with emails.

Could Trump politically gain from the Mar-a-Lago raid? Trump is reportedly planning to run for president in 2024. Some claimed that it would increase the mistrust among Trump's fans for federal law enforcement personnel, whom he and his allies have long portrayed as being prejudiced and corrupt.

How come the FBI didn't just issue a subpoena? The FBI's decision to apply for a search warrant rather than a subpoena suggests that it did not have faith in Trump to turn over or protect any government records that may have been in his hands.

The FBI has done anything else? Republican congressman Scott Perry's smartphone was taken by federal agents on Tuesday, according to his office. Trump and Perry are strong allies.

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Trump's "Remain in Mexico" strategy is abandoned under the Biden government.

Hours after a judge lifted an order mandating the reinstatement of the so-called "Remain in Mexico rule," which had been in place since December, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that it had ended the Trump administration's policy requiring asylum seekers to wait for hearings in US immigration court in Mexico.

Since the US Supreme Court decided on June 30 that the Biden administration may stop the policy, the time had been uncertain.

Officials from the Department of Homeland Security had mainly remained mute, claiming they had to wait for the court to confirm the decision and for Texas's Matthew Kacsmaryk, a judge who was selected by Trump, to subsequently lift his injunction.

Following the supreme court's certification of the decision last week, opponents of the policy have grown more vocal in their demands for an early halt to the Biden administration's hesitation to implement Remain in Mexico.

What will occur next? According to a statement from DHS, the program will now be closed down in a "quick, and orderly way." No new applicants are accepted, and those who show up in court won't be sent back to Mexico when they show up in the US for their subsequent hearings.

The Biden administration terminated the policy for what reasons? The government claimed that the program "has pervasive weaknesses, has unacceptable human costs, and diverts resources and manpower away from other priority initiatives to defend our border."

"This is about striking dread," observers say of China's Taiwan drills.

According to commentators, China's military exercises that threaten Taiwan have established a new normal and are likely to "regulate" other armed drills off the coast or even more aggressive action much closer to the island.

China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) has allegedly been conducting live-fire drills and other exercises in the waters near Taiwan's main island for almost a week in retaliation for Nancy Pelosi's contentious visit to Taipei.

Taiwan is regarded as a province by Beijing. It hasn't ruled out using force to seize it, and it opposes all international displays of support for its sovereignty. Beijing is allegedly exploiting Pelosi's visit as justification for preparing for an invasion, according to Taiwan.

Following the supreme court's certification of the decision last week, opponents of the policy have grown more vocal in their demands for an early halt to the Biden administration's hesitation to implement Remain in Mexico.

The major show that took place last week has come to a close, and while some drills are still going on, observers are now attempting to determine how the dynamics of the region have altered and what the future holds for cross-strait ties.

What is Taiwan's opinion? According to Taiwan's foreign minister Joseph Wu, there are worries that the PLA may "routinize" crossing the middle line. Insisting that Beijing had a clear desire to control the strait, he pleaded with the international community to resist.


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