Donald Trump’s situation is getting worse as the 2024 election approaches.

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Donald Trump's situation is getting worse as the 2024 election approaches.
Donald Trump's situation is getting worse as the 2024 election approaches.

The FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate on Monday made the following obvious: The legal net is getting tighter around the former President when he is weighing whether he wants to run for president in 2024.

On Monday night, Trump wrote on his favorite social networking site Truth Social, “My magnificent property, Mar-A-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, is currently under siege, raided, and occupied by a huge squad of FBI agents.” Trump added to the post that “they even broke into my safe.” Agents seem to be focusing on the specific area that is the vast estate, where Trump’s residence and offices are situated.
It wasn’t immediately clear exactly what the FBI was seeking — or what specifically, they were searching for. A number of boxes were found during the search, according to a source with knowledge of the investigation said to CNN.
We believe that investigators from the Federal government served an order for the National Archives and Records Administration in May to obtain the release of classified papers transported to the Trump residence in Florida — as part of a grand juror investigation to determine if Trump or any other person close to him abused classified documents that he carried with him when he left at the White House last January.
In the course of this year’s election, fifteen cases comprised of White House records that Trump delivered to Mar-a-Lago were recovered and then returned to the National Archives. Some of the documents in the boxes returned were the letters of North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un and former President Barack Obama.
The FBI investigation comes in the exact same week The New York Times’s Maggie Haberman revealed photos of tear-up notes that appear to show Trump’s distinctive penmanship when it comes to toilets, one of which was found in Trump’s White House.
“It was difficult for White House staff secretaries to preserve presidential documents because of Trump’s tendency of manually destroying items he was no longer interested in or had finished perusing, according to three former White House employees who spoke to CNN. These individuals claimed that the former President went through file boxes in a methodical manner, dumping rejected newspaper clippings or tweet draughts to the ground or putting things he wanted to save in a disorganized pile on his desk.”
The disposal of emails, notes, or other kinds of presidential communications is in violation of federal law according to the Presidential Records Act. (Under the Act every correspondence from the president is held, in the end, by the general public.)
The FBI’s execution of a warrant for a search warrant comes a few days after it was reported that its lawyers of Trump are in contact with authorities at the Justice Department in regards to its ongoing investigation into the Jan. 6th, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill in the US Capitol. As CNN first reported:

Whether Trump will be able to shield talks he had while serving as president from the ongoing federal probe is the topic of discussion.

 

According to the story, “investigators have aggressively joined Trump’s orbit in recent weeks, subpoenaing top former White House officials, concentrating on plans to rig the 2020 election, and conducting searches of attorneys who tried to support those efforts.”

 

Trump, CNN has also said, has been questioning his legal team recently on whether he could be charged, though Trump himself is not convinced it would happen. (Worth noting that Trump is not an attorney.)
The string of events that culminated in the highly-publicized search of Trump’s house on Mondaystrengthen a core fact of the Trump situation: He’s more likely to see his 2024 presidential bid thwarted by legal concerns than by political issues.
In terms of politics, Trump remains the 800-pound gorilla in the Republican field. This weekend, he swept an unofficial straw poll during an event for conservatives in Texas. In addition, he has already declared his intentions to run for a second time, the main issue at the moment is when he’ll declare his candidacy, not if he’ll announce it.
Trump’s growing legal troubles (or at the very least the obvious feeling that this array of investigations is moving closer to him make it more difficult. Trump in legal trouble is one thing Republicans to take on. Trump in the midst of an indictment is a different matter altogether.
Of course far from being there. However, the Monday FBI report suggests that Trump’s legal troubles will likely become worse before they improve. And they could end up getting way more severe.

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