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    Former President Donald Trump has arrived in New York where he has agreed—along with his children Donald Jr. and Ivanka—to testify in a probe into his family business. Trump said he declined to answer any of the Attorney General's questions, saying the prosecutor has "lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency." Attorney General Letitia James said investigators had uncovered evidence that the Trump Organization overstated asset values to get favorable loans and understated the values for tax breaks. The Trumps deny wrongdoing. In a social media post on Tuesday, Trump called the probe a "witch hunt," while accusing James, who is Black, of being "racist." Fallout from the FBI's raid on Trump's family home Mar-a-Lago continues, with Eric Trump insisting that President Biden "absolutely signed off" the move. On Wednesday, the former President suggested FBI agents might have been "planting" evidence in his safe.
Trump arrives Former U.S. President Donald Trump leaves Trump Tower to meet with New York Attorney General Letitia James for a civil investigation on August 10, 2022 in New York City. James Devaney/GC Images

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3 min ago 14:30 PM EDT

Wray, Garland See Uptick in Death Threats

FBI Director Chris Wray and U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland have received an increase in death threats following the FBI raid of former President Trump's home in Mar-a-Lago.

Authorities monitoring social media have found an uptick in death threats aimed towards FBI agents, Wray and garland, according to Fox News.

Sources told Fox News that Wray and Garland may increase their security deatil amid the rise in threats.

32 min ago 14:00 PM EDT

Marco Rubio Say FBI will Target Trump Supporters

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida said the federal government is going to come after supporters of Donald Trump following the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago.

Rubio said the FBI raid may be "shocking" to Americans, but is "familiar" to being who fled from Latin American countries.

He said in these countries, a group takes power "and one of the first things it does is persecute and go after their political opponents."

When the supporters of the political opponents begin to complain about it, Rubio said the government will "target them and criminalize opposition."

Rubio said that is exactly what is happening now.

He said the Biden administration has long-wanted to arrest and charge Trump and the FBI raid Monday was the beginning of a crusade against him and his base.

Next, Rubio said, the government will arrest Trump supporters for being "radical extremists."

"They are now going to begin to say, 'oh these Trump supporters, these Republicans are very upset. They're saying very angry things. We think they might be a threat. We think they might be radical extremists. Let's start arresting them,'" he said.

Trump supporters and other conservatives "complaining" about the FBI raid will be "labeled as potential insurrectionists," Rubio said, and "are going to begin to get harassed by law enforcement."

"That's the next step in this playbook, sadly," he said.

59 min ago 13:34 PM EDT

Trump Criticizes Others Pleading the Fifth

Former President Donald Trump's past criticisms of people who invoked the Fifth Amendment resurfaced on Wednesday after Trump said he refused to answer questions while testifying under oath in New York.

One compilation video featured multiple criticisms from Trump while he was running for office in 2016.

In one part of the clip recorded during a September 2016 campaign rally, Trump said members of the mob invoke the Fifth. "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?"

In another clip from a 2016 presidential debate with then-Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, Trump described invoking the Fifth as "disgraceful."

In a Wednesday morning statement, Trump referenced his earlier query about why an innocent person would plead the Fifth.

"Now I know the answer to that question," he said. "When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become the targets of an unfounded, politically motivated Witch Hunt supported by lawyers, prosecutors, and the fake news media, you have no choice."

1 hr ago 13:00 PM EDT

Freedom Caucus Calls for DOJ, FBI Oversight

The House Freedom Caucus said Republicans need to launch a "historic and powerful oversight effort" of federal law enforcement following the FBI's raid of former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago residence earlier this week.

The conservative caucus responded to the raid on Wednesday morning with a statement, which also addressed the FBI's seizure of a cell phone belonging to Freedom Caucus Chair Scott Perry.

Perry, a congressman from Pennsylvania, said he was approached by three FBI agents while traveling with his family on Tuesday morning. Perry said he was "outraged" but "not surprised" that federal agents working as part of President Joe Biden's administration "would seize the phone of a sitting Member of Congress."

The Freedom Caucus described the FBI's Mar-a-Lago raid and seizure of Perry's phone as "unprecedented action" that "exposes how the Biden administration has dangerously weaponized the U.S. Justice Department against Democrat political opponents."

Republicans "must match" these actions through their own oversight efforts, the caucus said.

Under this proposed Republican oversight, "the Biden Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation will be put under a microscope and examined piece by piece," the caucus said. "Corrupt officials must be aggressively cleared out with all possible vigor and speed to restore accountability and transparency in Washington."

2 hr ago 12:30 PM EDT

Republicans Suggest FBI Planted Evidence

Many Republicans believe the FBI may have planted evidence during a raid at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago home.

Trump said the FBI would not let anyone near the area that were "rummaged and otherwise looked at" during the raid on Mar-a-Lago, suggesting that agents may have planted evidence.

"Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting,'" Trump said in a Truth Social post Wednesday.

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia said she believes there is "an extremely high probability" that the FBI planted evidence against President Trump.

"Otherwise why would they not allow his attorneys or anyone watch them while they conducted their unprecedented raid?" she tweeted, referencing Trump's post. "They know the consequences of an empty handed power move."

Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky told Fox News that distrust in the federal government has increased.

He said he does not know if the FBI put materials into the boxes they took from Mar-a-Lago to "entrap" Trump.

"How do we know they are going to be honest with us about what's actually in the boxes?" he said. "How do we know that was in the box before it left the residence if the lawyers weren't allowed to see everything?

Paul added that the federal government has "lost a big deal of trust."

2 hr ago 12:00 PM EDT

Why Trump Family Testimony Was Delayed

Former President Donald Trump and two of his children were initially scheduled to testify in New York last month, but their interviews were delayed following the death of Trump's ex-wife Ivana.

The former president, his daughter Ivanka Trump and son Donald Trump Jr. were expected to testify as part of an investigation into the Trump Organization in mid-July. After Ivana Trump died on July 14, their planned testimonies were pushed further into the summer.

The former president said he refused to answer any of New York Attorney General Letitia James' questions while giving his testimony in New York today. Both Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr. also recently testified, according to the Associated Press, though it was not immediately known if either of them invoked the Fifth Amendment during their interviews with investigators, as their father did.

Another of Trump's children, Eric Trump, previously testified as part of the same investigation about two years ago, during which the AP reported he pleaded the Fifth hundreds of times.

3 hr ago 11:29 AM EDT

Trump 'Shattering' Fundraising Records Since FBI Raid

Donald Trump saw a surge in fundraising since the FBI raided his Mar-a-Lago home Monday night.

His son, Eric Trump, said his father's Save America PAC is "shattering all fundraising records."

"I'm told has raised more money in the past 24 hours than ever before in recent history," he said in a tweet. "The American people are pissed!"

3 hr ago 11:00 AM EDT

Trump Blasts 'Malicious Attacks' from Letitia James

Donald Trump and his family have attacked New York Attorney General Letitia James for her "malicious attacks" against Trump, his family and his business.

In a statement on his Truth Social account, Trump said James has openly stated her hostilities towards him.

Trump quotes James saying she has her "eyes on Trump Tower" and ensuring supporters that her office is "going to definitely sue him" and be "a real pain in his ass."

In her victory speech, James promised to "shine a bright light into every dark corner of Trump's real estate holdings" and "use every area of the law" to investigate Trump and his business transactions.

Trump said James is a "failed politician who intentionally colluded with others to carry out this phony years-long crusade that has wasted countless taxpayer dollars, all in an effort to prop up her political career."

He added that James is going after him while ignoring "rampant" crime in New York City.

"Criminals are running rampant, shooting, slashing, and hurting people on the sidewalks of New York, while she and her officer spend a big percentage of their time and money on their 'Trump' vendetta."

His son, Eric Trump, shared a video compilation of James speaking about "going after" Donald Trump.

"I want to remind everyone exactly who this evil woman is," he said in a tweet.

In a separate post, Trump said James' office was "very plush, beautiful and expensive."

"Nice working conditions, as people are being murdered all over New York - and she spends her time and effort on trying to 'get Trump,'" he wrote.

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3 hr ago 10:33 AM EDT

Trump Pleads Fifth During Deposition

Former President Donald Trump said he refused to answer any questions during his deposition with the New York Attorney General.

In a statement released on his Truth Social account, Trump said Attorney General Letitia James has levied political attacks on him and made a "corrupt promise" to "get and destroy Trump."

He said James has built her career out of "maliciously attacking" him amid "rampant" crime in New York City. Trump said her case is a "scam."

"What Letitia James has tried to do this last three years is a disgrace to the legal system, an affront to New York State taxpayers and a violation to the solemn rights and protections afforded by the United States Constitution," Trump said.

Trump said he "did nothing wrong," which is why the federal, state and local governments have "found nothing."

"We cannot permit a renegade and out-of-control prosecutor to use this investigation as a means of advancing her political career," Trump said. "This is a vindictive and self-serving fishing expedition, the likes of which our Country has never seen before."

This is why Trump chose to plead the Fifth during his deposition.

"Accordingly, under the advice of my counsel and for all of the above reasons, I declined to answer the questions under the rights and privileges afforded to every citizen under the United States Constitution," he said.

He said that he once asked, "If you're innocent, why are you taking the Fifth Amendment?" Now, he said, "I know the answer to that question."

"When your family, your company, and all the people in your orbit have become targets of an unfounded, politically motivates witch hunt... you have no choice," he said.

Trump added that Monday's FBI raid of his Mar-a-Lago home "wiped out any uncertainty" for him.

"I have absolutely no choice because the current administration and many prosecutors in this country have lost all moral and ethical bounds of decency," he said.

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4 hr ago 10:18 AM EDT

Trump Waves to Crowd Outside Trump Tower

Former President Donald Trump has arrived at the New York Attorney General's office.

He left Trump Tower in Manhattan Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m., waving to a crowd of cheering supporters and critics shouting, "lock him up!"

He then arrived at Attorney General Letitia James' office in lower Manhattan around 9 a.m.

Trump will sit for a deposition related to a criminal investigation into potential fraudulent activity by his company.

4 hr ago 09:50 AM EDT

Will Trump Take the the Fifth?

Donald Trump will not plead the Fifth Amendment while testifying today in New York Attorney General Letita James' probe into his family businesses, NBC's justice reporter has suggested.

Ken Dilanian said that Trump may not choose to invoke his fifth amendment right to protect himself from self-incrimination when he testifies on Wednesday.

"That would be a bad look for somebody who wants to run for President, and Trump himself has said that only guilty people take the Fifth," Dilanian said

One of the former president's children, Eric Trump, invoked his Fifth Amendment right more than 500 times during his deposition in October 2020 as part of James' probe.

Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump reportedly did not invoke the Fifth when they recently testified.

5 hr ago 09:17 AM EDT

Trump's Civil and Criminal Cases

The FBI investigation criminal and Letitia James' civil probe are not the only inquiries the former president is facing right now...

    Potential charges loom in Georgia, where a special grand jury is hearing evidence on whether he committed a crime by asking Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to "find" 11,780 votes to help him beat Joe Biden in 2020. The investigation, led by Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, is also looking into what it calls a "a multi-state, coordinated plan" by Trump's allies to influence or overturn the 2020 election results in a number of other key states. The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack is also set to hold further hearings in September, having already had nine live televised sessions. "Doors have opened, new subpoenas have been issued, and the dam has begun to break," Panel vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney said in July.

5 hr ago 08:48 AM EDT

'Release the Warrant,' Lawyer Tells Trump

Several Republican figures have called on the FBI and the Department of Justice to release the search warrant needed to carry out the raid at Trump's home to the public in order to justify what they believe was a politically motivated move.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is one of those who suggested that Attorney General Merrick Garland should have already "provided answers to the American people and must do so immediately."

However, a number of legal experts have noted that there is nothing stopping Trump making the search warrant public himself, which would also reveal which items were removed from his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Supreme Court lawyer Neal Katyal told Morning Joe on Tuesday: If you [Trump] believe this is such an abuse, release the warrant and let us decide for ourselves."

Barbara McQuade, a University of Michigan law professor and former U.S. attorney, tweeted a little earlier: "The law prohibits DOJ from discussing a search warrant that is under seal. Secrecy rules are designed to protect the person under investigation.

"You know who could discuss it? Donald Trump, who would have received a copy of the inventory of items seized."

5 hr ago 08:35 AM EDT

Trump Suggests FBI May Have 'Planted' Evidence

Prior to his deposition hearing in New York, Donald Trump appeared to suggest that the FBI may have "planted" evidence against him while they were searching his Mar-a-Lago resort on Monday.

Federal agents raided the former president's home in Palm Beach, Florida, as part of an investigation into whether he illegally removed or destroyed classified documents when he left the White House last January, with Trump previously saying how "they even broke into my safe!"

"The FBI and others from the Federal Government would not let anyone, including my lawyers, be anywhere near the areas that were rummaged and otherwise looked at during the raid on Mar-a-Lago," Trump wrote on social media.

"Everyone was asked to leave the premises, they wanted to be left alone, without any witnesses to see what they were doing, taking or, hopefully not, 'planting.' Why did they STRONGLY insist on having nobody watching them, everybody out? Obama and Clinton were never 'raided,' despite big disputes!"

6 hr ago 08:25 AM EDT

Ivanka Trump, Don Jr. Already Testified: Reports

Donald Trump declared he is willing to cooperate with Letitia James' investigation into his family business on Wednesday.

Two of his children already said to have done so, according to reports.

"In New York City tonight. Seeing racist N.Y.S. Attorney General tomorrow, for a continuation of the greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history! My great company, and myself, are being attacked from all sides. Banana Republic," Trump posted on Truth Social on Tuesday.

Associated Press and NBC reported that Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., who were ordered to testify alongside their father, have already answered questions under oath as part of the New York Attorney General's probe.

NBC reports that Ivanka Trump testified on August 3, with her elder sibling doing so the week prior. Neither of them pleaded the Fifth Amendment.

James' long running inquiry is looking into allegations The Trump Organization exaggerated the value of a number of assets and properties in order to obtain better loans and other financial benefits.

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