Release of Mar-a-Lago affidavit expected as Biden slams Republicans’ ‘semi-fascism’ – live | american politics

Prepare to hear more about the investigation that sparked the FBI’s search for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month – but don’t get your hopes up too high.

In response to a lawsuit from media organizations and other groups, a federal magistrate yesterday ordered the release of the search affidavit, which is expected to contain details such as the probable cause that justified the warrant. But Bruce Reinhart also allowed the Justice Department to redact “the identities of witnesses, law enforcement officers, and unindicted parties…the strategy, focus, scope, sources, and methods of the investigation, and… grand jury information”.

So the document could potentially contain a lot of blacked out lines rather than new information. But like The Guardian Hugo Lowell reported yesterday“depending on how the affidavit was produced, several former U.S. attorneys said, it may also contain material not directly related to the investigation, such as descriptions of potential crimes the Justice Department suspected of having been committed at Mar-a-Lago.”

Good morning, US politics blog readers. The justice department has a noon eastern time deadline to make public the affidavit used to justify the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, after a judge ordered its release yesterday. While the document could provide new details of the investigation, it will also be redacted – perhaps heavily. Meanwhile, Joe Biden last night accused Republicans who aligned with Donald Trump of veering into “semi-fascism” as he sought to rally Democrats’ enthusiasm ahead of the November midterm elections.

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  • Today is Women’s Equality Day, and Biden is set to make an appearance at a White House meeting on protecting abortion access at 11 am eastern time.

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  • Federal Reserve chair Jerome Powell is making a major speech on the central bank’s efforts to lower inflation without causing a recession at 10am eastern time.

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However, all pro-abortion Republicans seem equally vulnerable.

A poll published today of Missouri voters by Saint Louis University and YouGov found a Republican candidate Eric Schmitt with a solid lead in the race for the open Senate seat. He was up 49% against his Democratic challenger Trudy Busch Valentinewho voted 38%.

Schmitt is the current state attorney general and has been keen to quick implementation Missouri Abortion Ban After Supreme Court Overturned Roe v. Wade. And unlike Arizona, Missouri is solidly Republican these days, having not voted for a Democratic president since 1996.

The states that have recently banned abortion are all Republican-led, but not all party members seem ready to embrace such rhetoric, particularly if they are running for office. Take the case of Blake Masters.

He is the GOP nominee for the Arizona Senate and takes on the Democratic incumbent Mark Kellywho seems to lead among voters. NBC News reporting that, for some reason, Masters removed the most strident anti-abortion rhetoric from his campaign website on Thursday. Five of his six positions have been deleted or rewritten, according to the story, including “I am 100% pro-life”, which is now entirely gone.

A mention of Masters’ support for “a federal personality law (ideally a constitutional amendment) that recognizes that unborn babies are human beings who cannot be killed” is also removed.

Here’s more of their story:

The masters have previously expressed support for the “Protection of the Unborn Child Capable of Suffering Act, Protection of Abortion Survivors Born Alive Act, SAVE Moms and Babies Act and other pro-life laws”. The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act would make it a criminal offense to perform or attempt to perform an abortion 20 weeks after conception.

Now the website says it supports “a law or constitutional amendment that prohibits late (third trimester) abortion and partial-birth abortion at the federal level” and “pro-life legislation, pregnancy centers and programs that make it easier for pregnant women to support a family and decide to choose life.

Among the potential reasons Masters may have chosen to soften his rhetoric: Kansas voters’ rejection earlier this month of an effort to amend the state’s constitution to ban abortion.

The White House has condemned a series of new abortion restrictions that recently took effect in four states.

“Today marks the latest assault on basic American rights as new abortion bans go into effect in Idaho, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Texas,” the press secretary said. Karine Jean-Pierre said.

She continued:

These extreme bans will criminalize abortion, in some cases without exception for rape or incest. These near-total abortion bans are part of a growing effort by Republican lawmakers to roll back the freedoms Americans have relied on for nearly half a century. Today’s sweeping measures deprive women of their reproductive rights and place personal health care decisions in the hands of politicians instead of women and their doctors, threatening women’s health and lives. Americans need to know that these and other basic rights, including the right to contraception and equality in marriage, are under threat. Congress should act immediately to pass legislation restoring Roe’s protections — and people across the country should speak up.

The Biden administration’s renewed ardor was in full effect last night when the normally laid-back White House Twitter account began calling Republicans.

Whoever was behind the official account challenged GOP lawmakers who opposed Biden’s student loan relief plan announced earlier this week, and pointed to politicians’ own history of benefiting from debt forgiveness. .

Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene had $183,504 in PPP loans forgiven.https://t.co/4FoCymt8TB

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Congressman Vern Buchanan had over $2.3 million in PPP loans forgiven.https://t.co/bXpwJlWRm4

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Congressman Markwayne Mullin had over $1.4 million in PPP loans forgiven.https://t.co/Vc7mLQa2RS

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Congressman Kevin Hern had over $1 million in PPP loans forgiven. https://t.co/XsBaqxNZN4

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Congressman Mike Kelly had $987,237 in PPP loans forgiven.https://t.co/Syb5Oe8gDG

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Congressman Matt Gaetz had $482,321 in PPP loans forgiven.https://t.co/XPgC0pETkp

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) August 25, 2022

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Last night, while courting voters in pro-Democratic Maryland, Joe Biden sought to portray the Republican Party as extreme and highlight his own recent legislative achievements. Joan E. Greve was there, and filed this report on renewed optimism within the Democratic Party:

Joe Biden has transformed his difficult month of July in a jubilant month of August. Last month, the US president was drowning in negative headlines about his handling of many crisesfrom the war in Ukraine to record gas prices and the apparent disappearance of its flagship legislative proposal.

Now, as the summer draws to a close, Biden is riding high, propelled by the passage of the Democrats’ climate and health care package and glimmers of hope for his party’s prospects in the midterm elections. That optimism was evident Thursday, as Biden took the stage for a rally hosted by the Democratic National Committee in Rockville, Maryland.

“We have come a long way in 18 months. Covid no longer controls our lives. Record numbers of Americans are working,” Biden told the cheering crowd. “We never gave up. We never gave in. We deliver for the American people now.

Prepare to hear more about the investigation that sparked the FBI’s search for Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort earlier this month – but don’t get your hopes up too high.

In response to a lawsuit from media organizations and other groups, a federal magistrate yesterday ordered the release of the search affidavit, which is expected to contain details such as the probable cause that justified the warrant. But Bruce Reinhart also allowed the Justice Department to redact “the identities of witnesses, law enforcement officers, and unindicted parties…the strategy, focus, scope, sources, and methods of the investigation, and… grand jury information”.

So the document could potentially contain a lot of blacked out lines rather than new information. But like The Guardian Hugo Lowell reported yesterday“depending on how the affidavit was produced, several former U.S. attorneys said, it may also contain material not directly related to the investigation, such as descriptions of potential crimes the Justice Department suspected of having been committed at Mar-a-Lago.”

Deadline nears for release of Mar-a-Lago affidavit as Biden slams Republicans’ ‘semi-fascism’

Hello, readers of the American political blog. The Justice Department has a noon Eastern time deadline to release the affidavit used to substantiate the FBI’s search of Mar-a-Lago, after a judge ordered his release yesterday. While the document may provide new details about the investigation, it will also be redacted – perhaps heavily. Meanwhile, Joe Biden last night accused the Republicans who aligned themselves with donald trump to turn to “semi-fascism” as he sought to rally Democrats’ enthusiasm ahead of November’s midterm elections.

And in case that’s not enough, here’s what else we can expect today:

  • Today is women’s equality dayand Biden is expected to make an appearance at a White House meeting on protecting abortion access at 11 a.m. Eastern.

  • Jerome Powell, Chairman of the Federal Reserve delivers a major speech on the central bank’s efforts to reduce inflation without causing a recession at 10 a.m. Eastern Time.

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