Trump Heads to Nevada and Arizona Rally as Legal Pressure Builds

Former President Donald Trump is set to hold rallies to support his endorsed candidates in Nevada and Arizona this weekend as legal pressure from several investigations continues to build.

Arizona and Nevada are two of the most closely divided battleground states, and both are home to several competitive races ahead of the November 8 midterm elections that will serve as a test of Trump’s popularity among the general electorate. He endorsed more than 200 candidates, most of whom won their GOP primaries, in an effort to maintain his grip on the Republican Party before a potential 2024 presidential bid.

Trump will speak in Minden, Nevada, on Saturday night alongside candidates such as Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who is running in the gubernatorial race, and former state Attorney General Adam Laxalt, the GOP nominee in the US Senate race. On Sunday, he will travel to Mesa, Arizona, to rally behind Kari Lake in the gubernatorial race and Blake Masters in the Senate race.

The rallies come amid several ongoing investigations into Trump’s conduct and businesses. The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, riot—when a mob of Trump supporters violently protested at the US Capitol building in a failed attempt at forcing Congress to block President Joe Biden’s electoral win—is set to hold a hearing this week. Several other investigations continue to make slow progress, as well.

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Above, former President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Wilmington, North Carolina, on September 23. Trump is set to hold rallies in Nevada and Arizona this weekend as legal pressure continues to build in several investigations.
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January 6 Committee to Hold Hearing This Week

The January 6 committee is set to hold its first hearing in weeks on Thursday, October 13 at 1 pm ET.

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Legal experts criticized the judge who denied an FBI request to access classified info-seated from Trump at Mar-a

Mar-a-Lago

In this aerial view, former US President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate is seen on September 14, 2022 in Palm Beach, Florida.Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

  • Legal analysts criticized a judge’s ruling on the FBI’s Mar-a-Lago probe.

  • The judge refused a request by the FBI to resume inspecting classified information retrieved there.

  • They say the judge’s claim the classified status of the documents is uncertain is baseless.

Legal analysts responded harshly to a federal judge’s ruling denying an FBI request to resume inspecting classified information retrieved from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort.

The judge, Aileen Cannon, in the ruling said she did not accept the Justice Department’s claim: that about 100 records it wants access to are highly classified and contain information that could imperil US national security.

Cannon was appointed by Trump and confirmed by the Senate in 2020. Her previous rulings in the case have also drawn accusations of pro-Trump bias.

Cannon stood by her previous ruling that an independent official, or special master, should review the documents to establish if this is the case.

The ruling stunned some legal experts, who said Trump had offered no evidence in court disputing the classified status of the records. He has claimed in interviews that he broadly declassified the records, but his lawyers notably have not repeated that argument in court.

“This ruling flies in the face of practically an entire generation worth of case law concerning classified information,” Bradley P. Moss, a national security attorney, told Insider.

“In sixteen years, I have never seen a judge so cavalierly disregard agency declarations regarding the classification status of documents, to say nothing of the risk to national security, and certainly not when the opposing party failed to provide a scintilla of evidence contradicting the government’s explanations.”

Ryan Goodman, a former

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Trump Search: What May Come Next In Inquiry With Legal Peril

WASHINGTON (AP) — A newly released FBI document helps flesh out the contours of an investigation into classified material at former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate. But plenty of questions remain, especially because half the affidavit, which spelled out the FBI’s rationale for searching the property, was blacked out.

That document, which the FBI submitted so it could get a warrant to search Trump’s winter home, provides new details about the volume and top secret nature of what was retrieved from Mar-a-Lago in January. It shows how Justice Department officials had raised concerns months before the search that closely held government secrets were being illegally stored — and then returned in August with a court-approved warrant and located even more classified records at the property.

It all raises questions whether a crime was committed and, if so, by whom. Answers may not come quickly.

A department official this month described the investigation as in its early stages, suggesting more work is ahead as investigators review the documents they removed and continue interviewing witnesses. Intelligence officials will simultaneously conduct an assessment of any risk to national security potentially created by the documents being disclosed.

At a minimum, the investigation presents a political distraction for Trump as he lays the groundwork for a potential presidential run.

Then there’s the obvious legal peril.

WHAT IS THE FBI INVESTIGATING?

None of the government’s legal filings released so far singles out Trump — or anyone else — as a potential target of the investigation. But the warrant and accompanying affidavit make clear the investigation is active and criminal in nature.

The department is investigating potential violations of multiple laws, including an Espionage Act statute that governs gathering, transmitting or losing national defense information. The other laws deal with the mutilation and removal of records as

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