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Michigan police department releases mugshot of K-9 accused of ‘stealing’ coworker’s lunch

January 27, 2023

Michigan police department has jokingly released a mugshot of a K-9 officer who allegedly stole another officer’s lunch, reports Fox News.

The Wyandotte Police Department in southeastern Michigan posted a photo of alleged lunch thief Ice, who reportedly nabbed the half-eaten lunch of Officer Barwig in the break room when Barwig was called to assist at the jail, according to a January 12 Facebook post. The post had received nearly 20,000 interactions as of Wednesday, January 25.

“Stealing is not only a crime but it is morally wrong too. Some jobs, like that of being a police officer, require you to take an oath prior to starting. Within the officer’s sworn oath is the promise to protect person’s property,” the department wrote.

“That being said, it saddens me to report that a current officer of the Wyandotte Police Department is under investigation for stealing!”

Police said when Barwig returned to the break room, he found his lunch had disappeared and that Ice was seen “leisurely strolling out of the room licking his chops.”

The police added that Ice had invoked his Fifth Amendment right to silence and “quite frankly is not cooperating with the investigation.”

Police also noted Ice “has a history of rummaging through trash cans that are within his reach” and that he has faced previous allegations of taking coworkers’ food from their hands.

The department appealed to its Facebook followers regarding how best to proceed with its investigation, prompting some users to offer pro bono legal representation for the K-9.

“I’ll be this officer’s attorney pro bono if need be,” one user wrote. “If the teeth don’t fit,you must acquit,” the user said in a parody of the famous line in the O.J. Simpson murder trial in 1995.

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Kids left alone with baby monitor: There’s ‘no point’ in sitters, one mom says—but experts sound the alarm

January 9, 2023

Parenting experts are sounding the alarm about stories circulating of parents leaving their children home alone with nothing but the audio and video feeds from a baby monitor to connect parents and kids, reports Fox News.

A recent example of “babysitting by baby monitor” involved late ABC News executive producer Dax Tejera, 37, and his wife Veronica. The husband suffered a heart attack and died on December 23 while the couple were out in New York City, according to multiple reports.

Their two small children, reportedly two years old and five months old, were left alone in a hotel room with only a baby monitor while the couple was reportedly out to dinner around the corner.

Veronica Tejera, 33, was arrested and charged with two counts of child endangerment just hours after her husband’s passing, after police received a call from the hotel about “unattended children” at the location, said USA Today.

“We had two cameras trained on my children as they slept, and I monitored them closely in the time I was away from them,” Veronica Tejera said in part in a statement provided to Entertainment Tonight and the New York Post.

“While the girls were unharmed, I realize that it was a poor decision,” she also said.

 Meanwhile, last fall an unidentified young mother left her infant at a rental apartment in the Outer Banks of North Carolina while she and her husband went to the beach located five minutes away.

“We sat on the beach and watched the monitor,” the woman recently told the New York Post for an article on the topic. The monitor has a built-in app that alerts a cellphone with notifications when it senses movement or sound, the woman also said.

“We do it all the time. There’s no point in having a babysitter. We frequently go back and check in on him, too,” the woman added.

While monitors offer convenience and “eyes and ears” on a child when parents are separated from them physically, should parents really trust baby monitors exclusively with their children’s health and safety?

One Michigan-based pediatrician  with over 30 years of experience in treating children offered a resounding “no.”

“Parents are increasingly leaving their children alone in their homes or cars, believing that they can keep their child safe by carrying a video monitor with them,” Dr. Meg Meeker, who is also the author of several books, including “7 Keys to Staying Sane During the COVID-19 Crisis,” told Fox News Digital via email this week.

“Here’s what parents miss,” Dr. Meeker continued. “When an accident happens to a baby or child, it happens in seconds, not minutes. And parents must respond within seconds, not minutes.”

Calling response time “a matter of life and death” to a child, Dr. Meeker said that permanent brain injury is only one possible tragic outcome. “How long can a choking baby stop breathing before his brain is damaged?” Meeker said.

“Not long. How much smoke can a child inhale in a burning home before he passes out? How quickly should a child get to a hospital if he falls and becomes unconscious?”

The answer to that, she said, is nothing less than “as soon as possible.” Meeker also said, “I have profound respect for the quickness with which kids can have life-threatening injuries.”

She added, “We are trained to work fast because we know that speed matters when treating a hurt child.”

She continued, “Parents don’t realize how quickly they must act—and they simply can’t do this if they aren’t physically present.”

Meeker added, “Fires can break out, babies can choke, suffocate, fall or even — God forbid — have a stranger break into the home and take the child.”

While noting that “parents certainly need to have time away from their baby,” she emphasized that a videocam is “no substitute for a person” when it comes to taking care of a child.

“There is a place for video monitors, but they should never replace a person within short reach of a child,” she said.

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Busloads of migrants dropped off at vice president’s D.C. home on Xmas Eve

December 27, 2022

Multiple busloads of migrants were dropped off at Vice President Kamala Harris’s residence in Washington, D.C., on Saturday night, December 24—Christmas Eve—leaving migrants on the streets in below-freezing temperatures, reports the Hill.

ViceThe three busloads of migrants were driven to D.C., ABC 7 reported, and arrived outside the Naval Observatory, which is the vice president’s residence. The migrants were later taken to a church by the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network, a local aid group.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) was responsible for Saturday’s incident, according to ABC 7 and Fox News—marking the latest episode in a months-long effort by the governor to send migrants to Democratic-run cities as a way to encourage the Biden administration to take steps to control immigration in the United States.

In September, Abbott sent two buses full of migrants to Harris’s residence in D.C., sparking criticism among Democrats. Other Republican governors, including Florida’s Ron DeSantis and Arizona’s Doug Ducey, have transported migrants to Democratic-run cities across the country in recent months.

“Tonight, on Christmas Eve, Gov Abbott’s buses dropped off migrants at the VP’s house in the freezing cold,” the Migrant Solidarity Mutual Aid Network wrote on Twitter early Sunday. “This is not new, it has been happening for 8 months.”

The White House slammed the move on Sunday, calling it a “shameful stunt.”

“Governor Abbott abandoned children on the side of the road in below freezing temperatures on Christmas Eve without coordinating with any Federal or local authorities. This was a cruel, dangerous, and shameful stunt,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Abdullah Hasan said in a statement.

“As we have repeatedly said, we are willing to work with anyone—Republican or Democrat alike—on real solutions, like the comprehensive immigration reform and border security measures President Biden sent to Congress on his first day in office, but these political games accomplish nothing and only put lives in danger,” Hasan added.

Abbott penned a letter to President Biden last Tuesday demanding that the administration send federal assets to address the situation at the border, especially as temperatures drop and a winter storm approached Texas.

“You and your administration must stop the lie that the border is secure and, instead, immediately deploy federal assets to address the dire problems you have caused,” Abbott wrote. “You must execute the duties that the U.S. Constitution mandates you perform and secure the southern border before more innocent lives are lost.”

In a statement on Saturday, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it “continues to fully enforce our immigration and public health laws at the border.”

DHS added, “Individuals and families attempting to enter without authorization are being expelled, as required by court order under the Title 42 public health authority, or placed into removal proceedings. As temperatures remain dangerously low all along the border, no one should put their lives in the hands of smugglers, or risk life and limb attempting to cross only to be returned.” D

The agency said 23,000 agents and officers are “working to secure the Southwest border and the United States Government continues to work closely with our partners in Mexico to reinforce coordinated enforcement operations to target human smuggling organizations and bring them to justice.”

The Supreme Court last Monday, December 19, temporarily stopped the expiration of Title 42, the Trump-era policy that allows border officials to turn away asylum seekers because of public health concerns. If it does eventually expire, Abbott said the number of individuals entering Texas illegally “will only increase.”

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Animal house: When Utah couple bids on new home, the deal includes the seller’s cat

December 13, 2022

A Utah couple and their new cat have gone viral on TikTok after it was revealed the feline was included in their recent purchase of a new home, reports Fox News.

Tori Taillac, an aesthetic physician assistant in Salt Lake City, and her fiancé, Alex Kravets, moved into their new place last month. Eagerly awaiting them was Loki, an adventurous, outdoorsy feline who began courting the soon-to-be married couple when they first toured the home, Tilliac said.

“Most people ask for money or appliances during the seller concessions phase of buying a home—instead we asked for one of their cats,” Taillac posted on TikTok with the song, So This Is Love,  playing over the video.

“We are completely smitten with the grumpiest-looking but sweetest cat I have ever met.”

Loki wasn’t actually part of the contract —but it might be fair to say he helped sweeten the deal. Tilliac, a recent transplant from Washington, D.C., told Fox News Digital that she and Kravets had been searching for a house with a mountain view, but several homes they liked slipped away.

Then, one day, a house popped up via a cell phone alert as the couple was driving back from seeing their upcoming wedding venue, Tilliac said. “We called our realtor and she was able to get us in 30 minutes after it was listed,” she said. “We went straight there and just loved it.”

As they were touring the house—and taking in the view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh mountains—a friendly cat followed them outside through the sliding glass door, Talliac said.

“He rolled onto his back, looking for rubs,” Taillac said. “So, I’m all into petting this cat—and that night we made an offer on the home.”

The seller accepted their offer. About one week later, during the walk-through with the owner, Taillac was hardly able to concentrate on details like the sprinkler system and electrical outlets, she recalled. “I was just playing with the cat,” she said, adding, “I made a joke when he mentioned that he was going to leave us an air purifier. I said, ‘You can leave us a cat, too. I love your cat.’”

The owner’s ears perked up because he said he’d been worried about moving his young cat Loki to a smaller home after the cat was used to having more space, Taillac said.”He said he thought Loki would prefer to stay in this house because he [the owner] was going to be downsizing,” Taillac said. “He [Loki] loves to be outside and he is always chasing lizards.

“After the home’s inspection, the couple asked for some money back for certain repairs, Taillac said. “On [the seller’s] counter offer to ours, he dropped the price down,” Taillac said. “But he said, ‘I’ll include the cat and the air purifiers.’”

Taillac’s realtor, Crystal Richardson of Chapman Richards and Associates of Salt Lake City, said she has never had a cat listed as part of a real estate addendum before. “I’ve been doing this for 34 years,” Richardson told Fox News Digital. “I’ve had people ask for a lot of strange things — but never a cat.”

Loki is already making friends with the couple’s seven-year-old dog, Marcus—an active half Shiba-half mini Australian shepherd. So far, it’s been interesting, Taillac said.

While many viewers fell in love with Loki’s story, Taillac said she has received some negative comments, mostly from TikTok users who did not understand how someone could give up a pet.

“That would be like asking for one of my children,” one commenter said.

“I would never leave one of my kitties or pup as a negotiation chop … They are my babies,” another person said.

Taillac said she feels that the seller did not intend on abandoning his pet. “I think he was doing what he thought was best for the cat,” Taillac said, adding, “We asked [if we could keep Loki] more in a joking manner and in no way was the sale of the house contingent upon our getting the cat.”

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Washington family with six sons erupts in excitement during gender reveal of seventh child: ‘Pure shock’

December 12, 2022

A family’s surprise and tears of joy were captured in a now-viral moment when the gender of their seventh child was revealed. Sarah Molitor, 35, a mom to six boys from Central Washington State, learned last month that she’s due to give birth to her first baby girl, reports Fox News.

The family’s gender reveal party happened on Friday, November 11, at approximately 10 a.m., Molitor wrote in an email to Fox News Digital.

Molitor was joined by her husband, Tim, 34, and their six sons, Jude, 10, Hudson, 8, Chase, 6, Crew, 5, Beck, 3 and Griffy, 1, as they set off handheld confetti cannons.

“We are honestly just so thrilled to be having another baby,” Molitor wrote to Fox News Digital. “We fully thought and expected it to be another boy.”

“My heart has been very set on the thought of seven boys and the uniqueness of that,” Molitor continued. “When the pink confetti shot out, we were just in pure shock. Absolutely couldn’t believe it.”

Molitor said her family got to take a look at their newest member’s ultrasound image after the reveal. Her sister had enclosed the image in an envelope.

When Molitor saw the pink confetti, the expectant mother jumped and fell to her knees.

“After the whole reveal, I jokingly asked everyone, ‘Why did anyone let me hold Griffy?’” Molitor told Fox News Digital. “None of us expected the surprise.”

“In my shock, [I] definitely surprised [Griffy], too, I’m sure,” she continued. “Thankfully, I caught myself and he was totally happy playing with confetti within seconds of it all.”

The video of the Molitor family’s gender reveal celebration was shared on Instagram by Modern Farmhouse Family, which is the account where Sarah and Tim share family updates and lifestyle tips.

The clip has been liked by more than 2.3 million Instagram users at the time of publication. Molitor is due to deliver her first baby girl in March 2023.

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McCarthy plans to block three Democrats from committees if he becomes House Speaker

November 22, 2022

House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy served further notice on Sunday, November 20, that his potential speakership will be politically volatile—saying he will try to kick three high-profile Democrats off of certain committees, reports USA Today.

Democrats said McCarthy will do whatever his right wing wants him to do because he still lacks the votes to land the speaker’s job.

In stumping for the position, McCarthy has targeted Representative Ilhan Omar (D-Minnesota), a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee; and Representatives Adam Schiff (D-California), and Eric Swalwell (D-California), members of the House Intelligence Committee.

McCarthy and other Republicans have for months said that these members’ past statements and actions regarding issues like Israel, China, and Russia should keep them off these committees.

“I’ll keep that promise” to remove them, McCarthy told Fox News’ Sunday Morning Futures.

Schiff and other Democrats said McCarthy is trying to court support from hard-right conservatives like Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Georgia)—who was expelled from committees during a 2021 vote of the full House because of her incendiary statements about Democrats.

“I suspect he will do whatever Marjorie Taylor Greene wants him to do,” Schiff said on ABC’s This Week. “He is a very weak leader of his conference, meaning that he will adhere to the wishes of the lowest common denominator. And if that lowest common denominator wants to remove people from committees, that’s what they’ll do.”

McCarthy is favored to become Speaker of the House when Republicans take over the chamber next year—but it is not yet a done deal.

Conservative Republicans like Representatives Andy Biggs of Arizona and Matt Gaetz of Florida said they will oppose McCarthy. Every vote counts because the GOP majority will likely be no more than ten seats.

“He does seem to be struggling” to get to the 218 votes necessary to win the speakership, said Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-New York), who is expected to be Democratic leader in the next Congress.

“Let’s see what happens on January 3,” Jeffries said on CNN’s State of the Union.

Representative Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois), who is retiring from Congress and ran afoul of McCarthy over the latter’s support of Donald Trump, told CNN that the presumed speaker has made a lot of promises to Greene and other hard-right conservatives.

Right-wing Republicans won’t be happy if McCarthy has to cut deals with Democrats to get essential business done, Kinzinger said, and he could wind up as their political hostage.

“I, frankly, don’t think he’s going to last very long,” Kinzinger said. “Maybe he will prove me wrong. But it’s sad to see a man that I think had so much potential just totally sell himself.”

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Report: Herschel Walker paid for girlfriend’s abortion

Octobver 5, 2022

Herschel Walker, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Georgia and an avowed abortion opponent, paid for his then-girlfriend to have an abortion in 2009, according to a report published exclusively on Monday, October 3, by The Daily Beast.

The New York Times reports that Walker called the report a “flat-out lie,” after The Daily Beast—which also has broken news about Walker’s out-of-wedlock children—reported that a former girlfriend had the procedure in 13 years ago.

The woman, whom The Daily Beast said asked to remain anonymous out of privacy concerns, said that she and Walker had conceived the child while the two were dating—and mutually agreed not to go ahead with the pregnancy. She said Walker, who was not married at the time, reimbursed her for the cost of the procedure, the outlet reported.

As evidence, the woman provided a copy of a $700 check from Walker, a receipt from the abortion clinic and a “get well” card from Walker, The Daily Beast reported. The outlet published a photo of the card with what it said was Walker’s signature.

According to the Times, Walker quickly posted a statement on Twitter and threatened to file a defamation lawsuit against The Daily Beast on Tuesday morning. “I deny this in the strongest possible terms,” he said. “It’s disgusting, gutter politics.”

The development is the latest in a series of potentially damaging reports about Walker’s personal life since he began his campaign for Senate in 2021. In June, The Daily Beast reported that Walker, who has criticized absentee fathers in Black households, had fathered a child out of wedlock. Later that week, the outlet reported on two more children he had not previously mentioned publicly or to his campaign aides.

Christian Walker, Walker’s son who has not endorsed his father’s campaign or appeared publicly on behalf of his father, weighed in on Monday evening, October 3—saying on Twitter that “every member” of Walker’s family urged him not to run for office.

“I don’t care about someone who has a bad past and takes accountability. But how DARE YOU LIE and act as though you’re some ‘moral, Christian, upright man,’” he continued. “You’ve lived a life of DESTROYING other peoples lives.”

Walker responded with a single tweet: “I LOVE my son no matter what.”

In an interview on Monday night with Sean Hannity of Fox News, the Times reports that Walker denied the account laid out in The Daily Beast article—saying he did not know the woman. When asked about the reported $700 payment for the abortion, he said, “I send money to a lot of people.”

“I never asked anyone to get an abortion; I never paid for an abortion,” Walker continued. He said of Democrats, “They want this seat. But right now they’ve energized me even more.”

Indeed, the Times notes, the Georgia Senate race is one of the most closely watched in the country. Most polls show that the race between Walker and his Democratic opponent, Senator Raphael Warnock, is virtually tied. A spokesperson for Warnock’s campaign declined to comment.

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January 6 Committee returns with another public hearing on Wednesday, September 28

September 27, 2022

“If he is the nominee, I won’t be a Republican.” That’s how Wyoming GOP Representative Liz Cheney framed the danger of another Donald Trump presidency—vowing on Saturday, “I’m going to do everything I can to make sure he is not the nominee,” should he run again,” reports CNN.

Her pointed comments come ahead of what’s likely to be the final public hearing from the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, before it releases its final report.

The 1 p.m. (EDT) start time on Wednesday is perhaps more calculated than meets the eye. Discussing the timing on CNN Sunday, Democratic Representative Zoe Lofgren noted, “In the past, Fox News does play our hearings if the hearing is in the daytime.”

“So that’s a factor in reaching an audience that is not watching CNN,” the California Democrat added.

As Cheney’s fate last month showed, the committee is up against the clock. Neither she nor Illinois Representative Adam Kinzinger—the only two Republicans on the panel—will be returning to Congress next year, when a possible House GOP majority could look much different

What will the committee present this week? Panel members are keeping this close to the chest.

“I think it’ll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings, but it too will be in a very thematic—it will tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election,” Democratic Representative Adam Schiff of California told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” Sunday.

The chairman of the committee, Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, said last week, “We have substantial footage of what occurred that we haven’t used.”

Thompson also said there was “significant witness testimony that we haven’t used in other hearings,” calling it “an opportunity” to get it in front of the American people.

And, while Cheney said on Saturday she believes former Vice President Mike Pence has an “obligation” to speak with the committee, Lofgren was pessimistic on Sunday that the committee would hear from either the former President or former vice president.

“The vice president had said publicly that he thought he might want to come in, and so we were very encouraged by that. But since that time, his people have walked it back,” Lofgren said on CNN.

“And to be honest, given that select committees of this Congress—not just this select committee but all the select committees—exist only for the life of the Congress, if we were trying to get into a subpoena fight with either the former vice president or the former president, that litigation could not be concluded during the life of this Congress.”

One person who may be showing up for an interview in the coming weeks, though? Ginni Thomas. The House committee has come to an agreement with the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, CNN first reported last week.

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Judge grants Trump’s request for special master to review Mar-A-Lago documents

September 6, 2022

A federal judge will appoint a special master to sift through nearly 13,000 documents and items that the FBI seized on August 8 from Donald Trump’s Florida residence and club, Mar-a-Lago, and identify any that may be protected by attorney-client or executive privilege, according to a court order posted on Monday, September 5, reports The Washington Post.

U.S. District Judge Aileen M. Cannon—who was nominated by Trump in 2020—wrote in her decision that the Justice Department cannot continue reviewing the materials seized by the FBI at Mar-a-Lago or use them in its criminal investigation until the special master concludes his or her assessment.

But Cannon ruled that the Office of the Director of National Intelligence would be allowed to continue its ongoing assessment of the possible risk to national security posed by the removal from government custody of classified documents, some of them related to highly sensitive government and intelligence secrets.

In her opinion, Cannon sided with Trump’s legal team and said that the former president does retain some executive privileges after leaving office—a stance that the Justice Department disagrees with.

“The Court hereby authorizes the appointment of a special master to review the seized property for personal items and documents and potentially privileged material subject to claims of attorney-client and/or executive privilege,” the ruling states.

Justice Department spokesperson Anthony Coley said the government “is examining the opinion and will consider appropriate next steps in the ongoing litigation.” A representative for Trump immediately returned requests for comment on the ruling.

Trump’s lawyers have argued that an objective outside expert should review the thousands of White House and government documents that were kept at Mar-a-Lago despite months of efforts by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the Justice Department, to get them back.

In addition to identifying whether any of the documents should be shielded from prosecutors because of attorney-client or executive privilege, lawyers for the 45th president said, such a review would boost “trust” in the ongoing criminal investigation over the possible mishandling of classified documents after Trump left the White House.

Trump and his lawyers and allies have accused the Justice Department of having political motives in conducting the investigation and of unnecessarily escalating it into a criminal probe.

Attorney General Merrick Garland has declined to discuss the ongoing investigation, in keeping with general Justice Department practice. But he said days after the August 8 search of Mar-a-Lago that “Upholding the rule of law means applying the law evenly without fear or favor. Under my watch, that is precisely what the Justice Department is doing.”

While the FBI raid of Trump’s Florida residence and private club has triggered an outpouring of condemnation from the former president and his Republican allies, some Republicans have said the search may have been necessary.

In an interview that aired Friday, former Trump attorney general William P. Barr said there is no reason classified documents should have been at Mar-a-Lago after Trump was no longer president.

People say this was unprecedented,” Barr said in an interview with Fox News. “But it’s also unprecedented for a president to take all this classified information and put them in a country club, okay?”

In opposing the appointment of a special master, Justice Department lawyers told Cannon they had already sorted through the documents, using a “filter team” to separate out more than 500 pages of potentially privileged documents. That arrangement was approved by a U.S. magistrate judge who authorized the Mar-a-Lago search warrant.

Prosecutors said appointing a special master would be pointless, given the previous filter team review—but Cannon disagreed. They also said that there was no legal basis to appoint a special master in this case and that Trump had no rights to possess White House documents once he left office.

On Friday, September 2, Cannon unsealed a detailed inventory list of items seized from Mar-A-Lago. It showed that Trump intermingled classified and unclassified materials in boxes at Mar-A-Lago and had dozens of empty folders that bore a “classification” marking.

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Trump’s legal team scrambles to find an argument

August 30, 2022

On May 25, one of former President Donald Trump’s lawyers sent a letter to a top Justice Department official, laying out the argument that his client had done nothing illegal by holding onto a trove of government materials when he left the White House, reports The New York Times.

The letter, from M. Evan Corcoran, a former federal prosecutor, represented Trump’s initial defense against the investigation into the presence of highly classified documents in unsecured locations at his members-only club and residence, Mar-a-Lago.

According to the Times, “It amounted to a three-page hodgepodge of contested legal theories, including … Corcoran’s assertion that Trump possessed a nearly boundless right as president to declassify materials and an argument that one law governing the handling of classified documents does not apply to a president.”

Corcoran asked the Justice Department to present the letter as “exculpatory” information to the grand jury investigating the case.

Government lawyers found it deeply puzzling. They included it in the affidavit submitted to a federal magistrate in Florida in their request for the search warrant they later used to recover even more classified materials at Mar-a-Lago—to demonstrate their willingness to acknowledge Corcoran’s arguments, a person with knowledge of the decision said.

As the partial release of the search warrant affidavit on May 26—including the May 25 letter—illustrated, Trump is going into the battle over the documents with a hastily assembled team. The lawyers have offered up a variety of arguments on his behalf that have yet to do much to fend off a Justice Department that has adopted a determined, focused, and, so far, largely successful legal approach.

“He needs a quarterback who’s a real lawyer,” said David I. Schoen, a lawyer who defended Trump in his second Senate impeachment trial.  Schoen called it “an honor” to represent Trump, but said it was problematic to keep lawyers “rotating in and out.”

Often tinged with Trump’s own bombast and sometimes conflating his powers as president with his role as a private citizen, the legal arguments put forth by his team sometimes strike lawyers not involved in the case as more about setting a political narrative than about dealing with the possibility of a federal prosecution.

“There seems to be a huge disconnect between what’s actually happening—a real live court case surrounding a real live investigation—and what they’re actually doing, which is treating it like they’ve treated everything else, recklessly and thoughtlessly,” Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. attorney and FBI official, told the Times regarding Trump’s approach. “And for an average defendant on an average case, that would be a disaster.”

Trump’s team has had a few small procedural wins. On Saturday, a federal judge in Florida signaled that she was inclined to support Trump’s request for a special master to review the material seized by the government in the search of Mar-a-Lago on August 8.

It is not clear how much the appointment of a special master would slow or complicate the government’s review of the material. Trump’s team has suggested that it would be a first step toward challenging the validity of the search warrant; but it also gives the Justice Department, which is expected to respond this week, an opportunity to air new details in public through their legal filings.

Some of the Trump lawyers’ efforts have also appeared ineffective or misdirected. Corcoran, in his May 25 letter, made much of Trump’s powers to declassify material as president, and cited a specific law on the handling of classified material that he said did not apply to a president. The search warrant, however, said federal agents would be seeking evidence of three potential crimes, none of which relied on the classification status of the documents found at Mar-a-Lago; the law on the handling of classified material cited by Corcoran in the letter was not among them.

According to the Times, two lawyers who are working with Trump on the documents case—Corcoran and Jim Trusty—have prosecutorial experience with the federal government. But the team was put together quickly.

Trusty was hired after Trump saw him on television, people close to the former president have said. Corcoran came in during the spring, introduced by another Trump adviser during a conference call in which Corcoran made clear he was willing to take on a case that many of Trump’s other advisers were seeking to avoid, people briefed on the discussion said.

Trump’s allies have reached out to several other lawyers, but have repeatedly been turned down.

Corcoran, in particular, has raised eyebrows within the Justice Department for his statements to federal officials during the documents investigation. People briefed on the investigation say officials are uncertain whether Corcoran was intentionally evasive, or simply unaware of all the material still kept at Mar-a-Lago and found during the August 8 search by the FBI.

Corcoran did not respond to a request for comment. Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, said only that Trump and his legal team “continue to assert his rights and expose the Biden administration’s misuse of the Presidential Records Act, which governs all pertinent facts, has been complied with and has no enforcement mechanism.”

Even before Corcoran joined the team, Trump’s legal filings in various cases read like campaign rally speeches that he had dictated to his lawyers. The former president has a history of approaching legal proceedings as if they are political conflicts, in which his best defense is the 74 million people who voted for him in the 2020 election.

Trump’s advisers continue to insist that he was cooperating before the search in returning the documents. They also have suggested that they were quick to respond to Justice Department concerns, citing what they described as a request in June that a stronger lock be placed on the door leading to the storage area where several boxes of presidential records had been kept.

Yet the unsealed affidavit showed a portion of a letter from a Justice Department lawyer sent to Trump’s lawyers that did not specify anything about a lock and read less like a request than a warning.

The classified documents taken from the White House “have not been handled in an appropriate manner or stored in an appropriate location,” the letter read. “Accordingly, we ask that the room at Mar-a-Lago where the documents had been stored be secured and that all of the boxes that were moved from the White House to Mar-a-Lago (along with any other items in that room) be preserved in that room in their current condition until further notice.”

During the August 8 search, the FBI found additional documents in that area and also on the floor of a closet in Trump’s office, people briefed on the matter said.

Trump and a small circle within his group of current advisers maintain that he was entitled to keep documents he took from the White House, or that he had already declassified them, or that they were packed up and moved by the General Services Administration — an assertion flatly denied by that federal agency.

Trump, people familiar with his thinking say, sees the attorney general, Merrick Garland, not as the federal government’s chief law enforcement officer, but merely as a political foe and someone with whom he can haggle with about how much anger exists over the situation.

Shortly before Garland announced that he was seeking to unseal the search warrant, an intermediary for Trump reached out to a Justice Department official to pass along a message that the former president wanted to negotiate, as if he were still a New York developer.

The message Trump wanted conveyed, according to a person familiar with the exchange, was: “The country is on fire. What can I do to reduce the heat?”

A Justice Department spokesman would not say if the message ever made it up to Garland; but the senior leadership was befuddled by the message and had no idea what Trump was trying to accomplish, according to an official.

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